If you thought the mainstream media would begin treating Donald Trump with some objectivity once he took office, a new analysis from the Media Research Center confirms what you already knew: They did just the opposite. The three major networks – ABC, NBC, and CBS – have been relentlessly negative in their coverage of the new administration.
According to the MRC, 89% of Trump’s coverage on these networks has been negative since Inauguration Day. A separate study performed last year showed that network coverage of Trump during the campaign was “only” 77% negative. The networks have apparently decided there’s more profit – political and otherwise – in trashing the new president.
As reported by MRC’s “Newsbusters” website, the networks have regularly skipped reporting potentially-positive Trump news to focus on stories they can use to bash the administration:
The networks largely ignored important national priorities such as jobs and the fight against ISIS, in favor of a news agenda that has been dominated by anti-Trump controversies and which closely matches what would be expected from an opposition party.
For example, President Trump’s push to invigorate the economy and bring back American jobs received a mere 18 minutes of coverage (less than one percent of all airtime devoted to the administration), while his moves to renegotiate various international trade deals resulted in less than 10 minutes of TV news airtime.
Instead, the networks have concentrated on the failed Obamacare repeal deal, the investigations into Russian hacking, and the president’s executive actions on refugees and Middle Eastern immigrants. In all three cases, the coverage has been almost exclusively negative.
A Double Standard, You Say?
As Newsbusters points out, things were very different when it came to coverage of Obama’s first 100 days.
“Back then, the networks delivered most of their coverage to Obama’s key policy priorities, topped by the nearly $1 trillion ‘stimulus’ package (150 stories, or 15% of the total). The network spin for that legislation: 58% positive, vs. 42% negative,” they write.
If the magnificent Trump campaign proved anything, it’s that these networks (and their cable and print cohorts) have completely lost touch with the average American. This was borne out in those outstanding rallies, in Trump’s astonishing ability to come back from scandal, and, finally, in the Election Day results. They are increasingly preaching to a select fragment of the population, and they left journalistic objectivity behind a long time ago.
Very fake news, indeed.