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Vot­ers may pine for straight­for­ward busi­ness and eco­nomic cov­er­age, but they didn’t get a whole lot of it, ac­cord­ing to Ju­lia A. Sey­mour, as­sis­tant man­ag­ing edi­tor for the Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter’s Busi­ness and Me­dia In­sti­tute, a con­ser­va­tive press watch­dog. Af­ter por­ing over 2016’s cov­er­age, Ms. Sey­mour shares some of the most bla­tant ex­am­ples of busi­ness cov­er­age that man­aged to sup­port the lib­eral agenda.

She cites the “Big Three” broad­cast net­works in par­tic­u­lar. ABC, CBS and NBC down­played vi­o­lence dur­ing ral­lies and oc­cu­pa­tions near the Dakota Ac­cess pipe­line, por­tray­ing pro­test­ers more as “wa­ter pro­tec­tors.” The broad­cast­ers also ig­nored the fal­ter­ing Cuban econ­omy in of­ten flat­ter­ing por­tray­als of Fidel Castro fol­low­ing his death last month, “fail­ing to ex­pose the eco­nomic dam­age of Castro’s com­mu­nism,” Ms. Sey­mour notes.

Net­works over­looked the eco­nomic woes of “coal coun­try” while gloss­ing over ma­jor in­di­ca­tors of a weak U.S. econ­omy to tout a “come­back. They also con­tinue to “sound the alarm” on cli­mate change, says Ms. Sey­mour.

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