Hostile: 89 Percent of Network Trump Coverage Is Negative

Hostile: 89 Percent of Network Trump Coverage Is Negative, by Kathryn Blackhurst.

Three of the major news networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — gave Trump “by far the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American president,” the MRC study found. Through analysis of the three networks’ evening news coverage from Jan. 20 to April 9, the study found that 89 percent of coverage of the Trump administration had been negative. …

The study’s authors analyzed the news coverage concerning Trump’s first 80 days in office and found that the networks “largely ignored important national priorities such as jobs and the fight against ISIS,” instead choosing to push “a news agenda that has been dominated by anti-Trump controversies and which closely matches what would be expected from an opposition party.” …

“Their coverage seems no different than, you know, what you get from liberal politicians or liberal editorialists,” Noyes noted. “It’s vehemently, stridently critical of this president. And they were demonstrably supportive of the last president.” …

The issues:

The three networks spent 223 minutes covering the president’s travel-ban executive orders with a 93 percent negative slant. The media allocated 222 minutes, with 97 percent negative coverage, of allegations of Russian collusion in 2016 election meddling. Obamacare stories earned 152 minutes with a 94 percent negative slant, while immigration topics totaled 120 minutes with 93 percent negative reporting.

As for Trump’s wiretapping claims, the networks doled out 98 minutes filled with 99 percent negative coverage. Regarding the wiretapping claims, NBC’s Lester Holst used the opportunity to portray Trump as a serial liar, saying on March 20, “After a string of unproven claims, will this president struggle to keep the trust of the American public?” CBS’s Scott Pelley suggested on March 8 that Trump may even suffer from psychological problems when he asked Democratic official Leon Panetta whether it is “appropriate to ask whether the president is having difficulty with rationality?”

Bombshell revelations have since suggested there was incidental surveillance and perhaps inappropriate unmasking of Trump officials before and after the election.

Key topics of great importance — such as the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and the war against the Islamic State — received a mere 69 minutes and 57 minutes of coverage, respectively. …

Everything Trump does is filtered through the lens of left-wing political animus by the mainstream media. I see that nightly even here in Australia, on the ABC News.