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The Partisan Media’s Coverage of President Trump is 92% Negative by The Elephant's Child
October 12, 2018, 3:47 pm
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Media Bias, Politics | Tags: , ,

The Left seems to be seething out there. They were incensed when we called the Lefties pounding on the bronze doors of the Supreme Court and screaming, “a mob”. They were deeply offended when Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed. They were even more offended when President Trump called them “fake news” and moved nearly to rage when he suggested that the media were the enemy of the American people. That was, perhaps, a little strong.

The Media Research Center came up with a new survey, and to avoid any unpleasant labels, they viewed some 1,007 evening news stories about the Trump White House on ABC, CBS and NBC from June 1 to September 30. The equivalent of about 32.7 hour of coverage, an eternity of news time.

What they found was, as Trump himself might say, sad: “Over the summer, the broadcast networks have continued to pound Donald Trump and his team with the most hostile coverage of a president in TV news history — 92% negative, vs. just 8% positive.”

Moreover, the very focus of what the media cover is highly selective. Some two-thirds of the Trump coverage came from five topics, including the Russia investigation, immigration, the Brett Kavanaugh nomination, North Korea, and U.S.-Russia relations.

Let’s see, what’s missing from that list? Oh yes, the one thing that’s overwhelmingly positive for President Trump: the economy.

Over the four months of network TV — less than 1% of the coverage was on the economy. It was precisely 0.7% of the entire coverage or 14 minutes. We are in the middle of an economic boom that the same media company told us was impossible. Reality? The third quarter saw 4.2% growth. Trump’s average is now 3%. Wages are rising and real median household incomes are now at their highest point ever. September’s overall unemployment rate was 3.7%, the lowest rate in nearly half a century. The unemployment rates for African Americans, Hispanics and Asians are at or near all-time lows.

As far as the networks are concerned, the recovery doesn’t really exist. But Trump’s tax cuts and regulatory reform lighted a fire under a stone-cold economy. The networks did show interest in one economy related issue. Trump’s strategic use of tariffs to get other countries to renegotiate unfair trade deals. That got 80 minutes of coverage, 88% negative.

A recent Gallup poll of Americans’ confidence in their institutions showed that only 20% have “a great deal” of confidence in TV news—even worse than newspapers for which 23% had confidence.  When coverage is not fair and balanced, the media is not performing their assigned role, and the general tenor of things in the country decline to — the unpleasant state we are currently in. Do you really think that’s a good idea?

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