MEDIA BIAS RUN AMOK
A 12-week study of broadcast evening news coverage by the Media Research Center underscores Donald Trump’s claims that the press is against him. The conservative watchdog evaluated ABC, CBS and NBC from July through mid-October to find that 91 percent of the stories about Mr. Trump were negative.
“Even when they were critical of Hillary Clinton — for concealing her pneumonia, for example, or mischaracterizing the FBI investigation of her email server — network reporters always maintained a respectful tone,” says analyst Rich Noyes. “This was not the case with Trump, who was slammed as embodying ‘the politics of fear,’ or a ‘dangerous’ and ‘vulgar’ ‘misogynistic bully’ who had insulted vast swaths of the American electorate.”
The networks devoted 1,191 minutes to the presidential campaign during the study period. Mr. Trump garnered 785 minutes of the total, the stories centered heavily on “sexist rhetoric and mistreatment of women,” plus questions about his tax returns, immigration and his claims the election is rigged.
“Controversies involving Hillary Clinton received far less attention. Her ‘basket of deplorables’ comment received just seven minutes of total coverage, while barely two minutes (134 seconds) was spent talking about her handling of the 2012 attack in Benghazi when she was secretary of state,” Mr. Noyes notes.