ANTI-TRUMP BIAS ALIVE AND WELL
Heavy-handed liberal bias persists in news coverage, according to an expansive new Media Research Center analysis. “Voters who have relied on the network evening newscasts for information about the 2016 presidential candidates saw four times more airtime devoted to controversies involving presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump than to the scandals surrounding his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton,” writes Rich Noyes, research director for the conservative press watchdog.
Broadcasters “feasted on Trump controversies,” conveniently ignoring questionable issues about Mrs. Clinton. The newscasts dwelled on claims Mr. Trump’s fans were violent, among 15 other tabloid-style topics.
“The only Clinton scandal to receive more than a minimal amount of attention from the networks during the primaries was the ongoing investigation of Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server and her mishandling of classified information while secretary of State,” Mr. Noyes said. “The networks paid little or no attention to a host of other Clinton controversies that likely would have been big news if they had been associated with her GOP opponent.”
And the numbers: Analysts reviewed 1,099 presidential campaign stories on ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts from Jan. 1 through June 7, for a total of 2,137 minutes of coverage. Mr. Trump was the subject of nearly half it, or 1,068 minutes. Mrs. Clinton warranted 583 minutes, and Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, 366 minutes. The tone of the coverage itself reveals bias. Forty percent of Mr. Trump’s coverage was negative, and “controversies” were the focus.
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