MEDIA MISSION: PROTECT OBAMACARE, BASH TRUMPCARE
It’s not a bad idea to parse out strategic language deployed by news organizations intent on undermining President Trump. It is a helpful skill. Coverage these days is clever — skewing content in subtle ways, nudging along a negative narrative about the Trump administration which sounds viable to much of the public. Here’s a sterling example.
“Committed Obama PR flacks at the broadcast news networks are experts at using biased terminology. When President Obama and the Democrats changed the health care system it was consistently presented as ‘reform,’ but reporters rarely use the word when President Trump and the Republicans try to pass health care legislation,” says Mike Ciandella, a Media Research Center analyst who found that in the last three months, evening news broadcasts on ABC, CBS and NBC only referred to the GOP health care plan as a positive “reform” 30 times.
“In a contrast that is nothing short of ridiculous, in the same time frame in 2009, these same networks referred to Obamacare as ‘reform’ 344 times — more than 11 times as much,” Mr. Ciandella says, adding that the networks were methodically crafting positive, optimistic coverage.
“In contrast, network journalists never missed an opportunity to slam the GOP health care bill in 2017,” Mr. Ciandella continues.
“When ObamaCare passed the House of Representatives in 2009, the networks lauded it as ‘historic’ and a ‘milestone.’ But when the GOP bill passed the House in early May of 2017, it was a ‘big risk” and ‘extreme.’ This fits with the network trend of systematically ignoring Obamacare’s failures.”
Analyst Mike Ciandella noted this week that Obamacare was presented as ‘reform’ by the media, but Trump’s health care bill wasn’t.