According to a new Media Research Center study done over the last 3 months, evening news coverage of President Trump on the main broadcast stations was 91 percent negative,
MRC discovered by the end of August nearly 40 percent of coverage during the nightly news on ABC, NBC and CBS was about the Trump White House or the administration.
Comparatively, President Barack Obama received only about ten percent of broadcast news coverage for the entire 2 years between 2015 and 2016.
Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld reacted to the study, agreeing that there has been “more favorable [press] coverage of scurvy.”
“Trump is a one-man-band generating money and outrage – rather, money for the outrage.”
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The broadcast network evening newscasts remain as hostile as ever towards President Trump and his agenda, although the networks appear to be easing up on their obsessive wall-to-wall coverage of the administration.
Since Inauguration Day (January 20), Media Research Center analysts have reviewed every mention of President Trump and top administration officials on ABC’s World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News, including weekends. As of August 31, coverage of the administration has totaled nearly 74 hours (4,418 minutes) of airtime, or about 39 percent of all evening news coverage.
For comparison purposes, coverage of the Obama administration in all of 2015 and 2016 totaled 59 hours (3,544 minutes), or roughly 10 percent of the available broadcast airtime. In other words, Trump has already received more coverage in his first 224 days in office than Obama received in his final two years as President.
Analyzing the networks’ spin makes it clear that the goal of all of this heavy coverage is not to promote the President, but to punish him. In June, July and August, broadcast evening news coverage of Trump was 91 percent negative — worse than the astounding 89 percent negative spin we calculated during the first three months of the administration, usually a traditional honeymoon period for new presidents.
The networks’ aggression in covering Trump contrasts with their docile, often adoring coverage of President Obama. Both Presidents are, of course, highly controversial — the key difference is that Obama’s policies matched the liberal media’s preferences, while Trump’s agenda clearly clashes with the establishment media’s world view.
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