According to a Media Research Center analysis of mainstream news broadcast network’s, the amount of negative statements towards President Trump has not gotten any better than what it was in 2017, reports News Busters.
According to the report, ABC, CBS and NBC’s evening newscasts in January and February found ten times more negative comments about the president than positive statements and found the ongoing Russia investigation once again was the most talked about topic.
For this study, MRC analysts looked at all 505 evening news stories that mentioned President Trump or his administration in January and February.
Out of 851 total minutes of airtime devoted to the administration, the networks spent almost one-fourth of it (204 minutes, or 24%) on the Russia investigation, eclipsing other major topics such as the economy, immigration reform, and even the gun debate.
Since Trump took office on January 20, 2017, the three broadcast evening newscasts have spent a combined 1,438 minutes on the Russia investigation, accounting for more than one out of every five minutes (21%) of coverage of the Trump presidency, reports News Busters.
These networks, not surprisingly, like to emphasize the drama of the White House rather than any of the actual substance or policies that are coming out of the White House:
“‘In January and February, nearly 63 percent of news coverage was devoted to scandals like the Russia investigation, plus tabloid fodder such as the domestic abuse scandal involving White House aide Rob Porter (54 minutes), the fallout from Michael Wolff’s book about the Trump White House (53 minutes), reports that the President made disparaging comments about African nations in a closed-door meeting (31 minutes), along with dozens of other controversies the networks deemed worthy of airtime,’ The Media Research Center reports.”
During those same months, coverage of policy issues such as immigration reform (100 minutes), the government shutdown (84 minutes), and gun control (63 minutes) amounted to just 37 percent of Trump’s coverage. Among the important substantive issues getting relatively little coverage so far this year.
Stories the liberal media wants to stay away from are the continued strong economy and jobs (12 minutes); the positive impact of the big tax cuts passed in December (9 minutes); and the fight against al Qaeda and ISIS (a mere 1 minute, 23 seconds).
MRC’s analysts also measured the spin of coverage by tallying all evaluative statements about the President and his top officials uttered by anchor, reporters or non-partisan news sources such as experts or voters.
Out of a total of 712 such evaluative comments, only 65 were positive (9%) vs. 647 which were negative or 91 percent. (Neutral statements, as well as the comments of partisans, were excluded from this measure).
MRC found that these percentage has virtually gone unchanged since 2017 and matches the 91 percent negative coverage they tallied during the 2016 general election campaign.
Without question, no President has ever been on the receiving end of such hostile coverage, for such a sustained period of time, as has Trump, and the midterm elections are just eight months away.