BROADCASTERS ‘OBSESSED’ WITH RUSSIA
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.