BROAD­CAST­ERS ‘OB­SESSED’ WITH RUS­SIA

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

A new Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter study re­veals just how much the broad­cast net­works are ob­sessed with President Trump and un­proven “Rus­sian col­lu­sion.” Se­nior an­a­lyst Rich Noyes re­veals that 55 per­cent of the sto­ries on Mr. Trump air­ing on ABC, CBS and NBC cen­tered on the Rus­sia probe. That’s 171 out of 364 evening news sto­ries. A third of th­ese sto­ries were anony­mously sourced.

The net­works con­cen­trated on the Rus­sia mat­ter at the ex­pense of im­por­tant pol­icy top­ics. The three net­works col­lec­tively spent less than five min­utes each on eco­nomic pol­icy, trade is­sues and U.S. re­la­tions with Cuba.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion gar­nered 20 times more at­ten­tion than the new health care bill, 100 times more at­ten­tion than the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s push to im­prove the na­tion’s in­fra­struc­ture and a stun­ning 450 times more cov­er­age than the push for com­pre­hen­sive tax re­form,” Mr. Noyes said.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” was most “en­rap­tured” by the Rus­sia story, de­vot­ing nearly two-thirds of its Trump news to the sub­ject. On “CBS Evening News” it was 54 per­cent; on “NBC Nightly News” it was 48 per­cent.

Mr. Noyes pointed to a new Har­vard-Har­ris Poll that found that the ma­jor­ity of vot­ers be­lieve the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tions are dam­ag­ing to the coun­try and are ea­ger to see Congress shift its fo­cus to health care, ter­ror­ism, na­tional se­cu­rity, the econ­omy and jobs. The study was con­ducted from May 17 to June 20.

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