UNPRECEDENTED TRUMP BASHING
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.