ME­DIA BIAS AGAINST TRUMP IS EN­TRENCHED, VI­CIOUS

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Poll­sters have con­firmed for many months that there is a clear me­dia bias against Pres­i­dent Trump. They also re­veal that the Amer­i­can public is grow­ing weary of the end­less neg­a­tive cov­er­age, which masks au­then­tic progress the pres­i­dent and his ad­min­is­tra­tion have made. Cit­i­zens are ready for some good news. And the press? Not so much. Out­rage and Trump bash­ing have been good for rat­ings and read­er­ship. But tirades also al­low jour­nal­ists to vent about a pres­i­dent who pushes back against their crit­i­cism, in what they deem an “un­pres­i­den­tial” way.

“This is a pres­i­dent who fights fire with fire and cer­tainly will not al­low him­self to be bul­lied by a lib­eral me­dia and the lib­eral elites within the me­dia or Hol­ly­wood or any­where else,” White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders told Fox News on Thurs­day.

But on to the num­bers. Bias against Mr. Trump was ap­par­ent well be­fore he was elected. There was con­sid­er­able fuss in Oc­to­ber, when a Cen­ter For Public In­tegrity poll found that 96 per­cent of po­lit­i­cal do­na­tions from jour­nal­ists went to for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton. A Quin­nip­iac Univer­sity sur­vey fol­lowed with news that 55 per­cent of likely vot­ers said the press was against Mr. Trump. Drama fol­lowed. De­spite Mr. Trump’s of­ten con­tentious re­la­tion­ship with MSNBC, “Morn­ing Joe” host Joe Scar­bor­ough lashed out at the press for its “de­plorable” cov­er­age of can­di­date Trump.

Fol­low­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion, an NBC News/Wall Street Jour­nal poll found that 51 per­cent of Amer­i­cans said the me­dia was “too crit­i­cal” in its cov­er­age of the pres­i­dent, while 53 per­cent said the me­dia ex­ag­ger­ated prob­lems in the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion. In March, a telling Har­vard Univer­sity sur­vey found that 80 per­cent of print and broad­cast cov­er­age about Mr. Trump was neg­a­tive dur­ing his first 100 days in of­fice.

“Trump has re­ceived un­spar­ing cov­er­age for most weeks of his pres­i­dency, with­out a sin­gle ma­jor topic where Trump’s cov­er­age, on bal­ance, was more pos­i­tive than neg­a­tive, set­ting a new stan­dard for un­fa­vor­able press cov­er­age of a pres­i­dent,” the Har­vard poll noted.

A sim­i­lar Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter anal­y­sis in March found 88 per­cent of broad­cast news was hos­tile to­ward the pres­i­dent, while an In­vestor’s Busi­ness Daily poll said that 55 per­cent of the public had grown “weary from the me­dia’s per­sis­tently neg­a­tive cov­er­age of Pres­i­dent Trump.” An­other 54 per­cent said the me­dia “has as­sumed the role of the op­po­si­tion party, con­stantly op­pos­ing the pres­i­dent and his poli­cies at ev­ery turn.”

Poll­sters them­selves at­tracted crit­i­cism: “Just one-out-of-three vot­ers be­lieve most poll­sters are in­ter­ested in re­port­ing the at­ti­tudes of Amer­i­cans in an un­bi­ased man­ner when they poll on Pres­i­dent Trump,” a Ras­mussen Re­ports sur­vey noted in May.

“Vot­ers are still crit­i­cal of the news cov­er­age Trump is get­ting and con­tinue to be­lieve most re­porters are out to get him,” Ras­mussen noted ear­lier this week. “Just four per­cent think most re­porters are bi­ased in Trump’s fa­vor.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Polls and analy­ses were al­ready re­port­ing that there was me­dia bias against the pres­i­den­tial hope­ful, and the find­ings have con­tin­ued.

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