ME­DIA BIAS RUN AMOK

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

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