UN­PRECE­DENTED TRUMP BASH­ING

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

Bi­ased, neg­a­tive news coverage of Pres­i­dent Trump could not get much worse.

“As Pres­i­dent Trump ap­proaches the end of his first 100 days in of­fice, he has re­ceived by far the most hos­tile press treat­ment of any in­com­ing Amer­i­can pres­i­dent, with the broad­cast net­works pun­ish­ing him with coverage that has been 89 per­cent neg­a­tive,” write Rich Noyes and Mike Cian­della, both an­a­lysts for News­busters.org, a con­ser­va­tive press watch­dog.

In a new study, the pair pored over evening news coverage on ABC, CBS and NBC from Jan. 20 through April 9 — over 1,000 sto­ries fo­cused on Mr. Trump and his new ad­min­is­tra­tion. That amounted to 1,900 min­utes of to­tal air­time. Only 186 min­utes were pos­i­tive in con­tent or tone.

“The net­works largely ig­nored im­por­tant na­tional pri­or­i­ties such as jobs and the fight against ISIS, in fa­vor of a news agenda that has been dom­i­nated by anti-Trump con­tro­ver­sies and which closely matches what would be ex­pected from an op­po­si­tion party,” the re­searchers said. The study found that Mr. Trump’s push to in­vig­o­rate the econ­omy and bring back Amer­i­can jobs re­ceived a mere 18 min­utes of coverage, and his ef­forts to fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­na­tional trade deals re­sulted in less than 10 min­utes of air­time.

“Eight years ago, in con­trast, the broad­cast net­works re­warded new Pres­i­dent Obama with mainly pos­i­tive spin, and spent hun­dreds of sto­ries dis­cussing the eco­nomic agenda of the in­com­ing lib­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion,” the an­a­lysts said, not­ing that in Mr. Obama’s first 100 days in of­fice, coverage ranged from 58 per­cent to 82 per­cent pos­i­tive.

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