Trump’s Real Opponent is the Media

Trump’s Real Opponent is the Media, by Joe Saunders.

“My biggest opponent isn’t Biden. It’s not the Democrats. It’s the corrupt media,” Trump told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” in a telephone interview. “We have a corrupt media in this country.”

Every Republican president is fighting an uphill battle against the mainstream media, of course. They hated Richard Nixon, they loathed and feared Ronald Reagan, they despised Bush 43 and they abhorred Bush 45. But the ferocity of the media war against Trump is beyond all that — and everyone on every side of politics knows it.

A new analysis published Monday by the conservative Media Research Center proves Trump’s point …

MRC studied ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts from June 1 through July 31 — two full months, including weekends. The study found 512 total minutes of coverage devoted to Trump specifically, not counting coverage of the administration or its policies generally, Noyes wrote. That compared with 58 minutes devoted to Biden — a ratio of almost 9-1. …

“Our analysts documented 668 evaluative statements about the President, 95 percent of which (634) were negative, vs. a mere five percent (34) that were positive. Using the same methodology … we found very few evaluative statements about Joe Biden — just a dozen, two-thirds of which (67%) were positive.”

“The extra airtime devoted to Trump consisted almost entirely of anchors and reporters criticizing the President.” …

Viewers heard 150 TIMES more negative comments about Trump than Biden. That’s not news reporting — that’s a negative advertising campaign in action.” …

“No presidential candidate — not even Barack Obama in 2008 — has ever been on the receiving end of such a wide array of media favors. (While Obama received highly positive coverage, there was no massive media effort to destroy his GOP opponent, Senator John McCain.),” [MRC’s Richard Noyes] wrote.

The media backing is a double-edged sword for the left. Sure, it adds many percentage points to their vote. But it also means they adopt much more extreme policies, because they are insulated from criticism and feedback. If the media was even-handed, the left would not veer off so far into fantasy and so far away from most of the electorate.

If the left were really smart, they would blame the media for their upcoming loss. Then take steps to encourage honest reporting and feedback. Pigs might fly.

hat-tip Stephen Harper