The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

ABC, CBS and NBC pro­vided a huge amount of cov­er­age on Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Pres­i­dent Trump. Be­fore a con­clu­sion was re­vealed, the three net­works pro­duced more than 38 hours on the mat­ter — and 92 per­cent of it was neg­a­tive in tone and con­tent.

“ABC, CBS and NBC evening news­casts pro­duced a com­bined 2,284 min­utes of ‘col­lu­sion’ cov­er­age, most of it (1,909 min­utes) fol­low­ing Mueller’s ap­point­ment on May 17, 2017. That’s an av­er­age of roughly three min­utes a night, ev­ery night, for an as­ton­ish­ing 791 days — a level of cov­er­age nor­mally as­so­ci­ated only with a ma­jor war or a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion,” writes Rich Noyes, se­nior edi­tor of News­, a con­ser­va­tive press watch­dog.

“The net­works’ fix­a­tion on scan­dal over sub­stance is one rea­son their cov­er­age of the pres­i­dent has been so pre­pos­ter­ously lop­sided. From Jan­uary 1 through March 21 of this year, the spin of Trump cov­er­age on the evening news­casts has been 92 per­cent neg­a­tive vs. just eight per­cent pos­i­tive — even worse than the 90 per­cent neg­a­tive cov­er­age we cal­cu­lated in 2017 and 2018,” Mr. Noyes said, re­fer­ring to two pre­vi­ous stud­ies the or­ga­ni­za­tion con­ducted.

“As much as any of their hy­per­bolic spin, the mas­sive on­slaught of cov­er­age dur­ing the past two years starkly re­veals the me­dia’s mind­set. Now that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion they re­lent­lessly touted has ended with an out­come fa­vor­able to the pres­i­dent they de­spise, it does seem a good time for a reck­on­ing,” Mr. Noyes wrote.

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