ANTI-TRUMP BIAS ALIVE AND WELL

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

It is a pub­li­ca­tion that has been six months in the mak­ing. House Speaker Paul Ryan has shep­herded a sig­nif­i­cant new re­port ti­tled “A Bet­ter Way: Our Vi­sion for a Con­fi­dent Amer­ica” into the pub­lic arena.

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