Do The Media Hate Trump (Part II)? Yes, The Numbers Don’t Lie | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis

Media Bias: The media’s hatred for Donald Trump, it seems, almost knows no bounds. As part of a review of 2017, the Pew Research Center released survey data showing that Trump got more negative media coverage than his three presidential predecessors. And it wasn’t close.

Pew looked at the coverage of the first 60 days of recent presidents going back to Clinton in 1993. The first 60 days are a good gauge, since it’s typically a presidential “honeymoon” period in which coverage is mostly soft or neutral.

X But that wasn’t the case with Trump. President Bill Clinton’s negative coverage was 28% in his first two months; for President George W. Bush, it was the exact same; for President Barack Obama, it was just 20% negative. A veritable love-fest.

OK, then how about Trump? His negative coverage in his first 60 days was 62%. That’s right, two to three times the negative coverage of the others.

If the media found lots to loathe, it also found very little positive to say about Trump. Clinton, for instance, received 27% positive coverage during his earliest months in office. Bush got 22%. Obama, by far the media’s favorite president since JFK, got a whopping 42% positive coverage.

Then there’s Trump: just 5% positive. The dislike of Trump evinced by the angry, left-leaning media is almost palpable.

“About six-in-ten stories on Trump’s early days in office had a negative assessment, about three times more than in early coverage for Obama and roughly twice that of Bush and Clinton,” Pew said. “Coverage of Trump’s early time in office moved further away from a focus on the policy agenda and more toward character and leadership.”

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Well, sure, but that’s just one study, right? Actually, others have looked at the media’s coverage of the Trump phenomenon and found the same thing: The far-left media, and these days that includes most of what was once called the “mainstream media,” despise Trump and his deeply American brand of capitalism and it shows in their biased coverage.

The conservative Media Research Center, for instance, tallied up the number of positive statements made by reporters and “nonpartisan” sources on the main evening newscasts in September, October and November of this year.

All told, MRC found, there were 1,114 negative comments, versus just 105 positive comments.

“Add it all up, and coverage of Trump has been 91% negative during the past three months,” the MRC’s Rich Noyes wrote in early December. “Our study of news in June, July and August found an identical rate of 91% negative, which means TV news is unchanged in its hostility toward the president.”

Even the liberal Shorenstein Center On Media, Politics And Public Policy at, of all places, the Harvard Kennedy School, found the amount of negative coverage of Trump during his first 100 days to be extreme.

“Trump has received unsparing coverage for most weeks of his presidency, without a single major topic where Trump’s coverage, on balance, was more positive than negative, setting a new standard for unfavorable press coverage of a president,” the Shorenstein study noted.

Hey, you’d think Trump hadn’t done anything after he entered office. But in fact, with little help from Congress and none from the opposition, he’s had a very successful first year. Don’t expect to hear that on the evening news, however.

The facts: He named a terrific jurist, Neil Gorsuch, to the Supreme Court and is busy reshaping the rest of the federal justice system; he deregulated vast swaths of the U.S. economy; he pushed through a massive tax cut that will fuel growth going forward; he crushed the Caliphate and has almost eliminated ISIS; and he killed off the ObamaCare mandate, the most odious provision of the national health care plan.

Not bad for less than a year’s work.

Yet, the media’s disdain knows no bounds. We can only hope that the Trump-hating pundits, the GOP’s Never-Trumpers, and so-called progressive reporters who twist and distort every bit of news to reflect poorly on Trump, will put aside their Trump-hate someday and, after reflection, honestly regret their journalistic malfeasance.

By their bias and lack of balance, they’ve done a real disservice to themselves, to the profession they pretend to serve and to the Constitution, which guarantees their right to speak.


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Originally posted 2017-12-29 07:12:00.


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