As we’ve reported previously, a Harvard study of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office found that 93 percent of the mainstream media’s coverage was negative.
That’s the most negative coverage of any president during his first 100 days ever, by the way. The researchers studied coverage from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CBS and CNN. They found that, while the coverage of Trump was 93 percent negative, the figures for past presidents were as follows: Barack Obama, 41 percent negative, 59 percent positive; George W. Bush, 57 percent negative, 43 percent positive; and Bill Clinton, 60 percent negative, 40 percent positive.
Nobody’s negative coverage was anywhere near Trump’s.
But that’s just the first 100 days! Has the media become fairer since then? Technically, yes, if you consider 91 percent negative coverage to be an improvement.
According to a Washington Times report last month, “a wide-reaching new study from the Media Research Center finds that 91 percent of the recent coverage which aired on ABC, CBS and NBC has been negative.”
And that’s just the negative news! Factor in neutral coverage, and there’s little positive coverage of Trump out there in the mainstream media.
And now, a new study has compared Trump’s positive coverage to that of Barack Obama and other recent presidents — and the discrepancy is just as astounding. According to the Daily Caller,
Pew Research Center tracked early media coverage of the 4 most recent presidents and released its findings in a report this week.
Only 5 percent of the coverage of President Trump’s first 60 days had a positive assessment. In comparison, President Obama’s first 60 days had 42 percent of its coverage containing a positive assessment, meaning that Obama had 740 percent more positive coverage than Trump early on in his presidency.
Trump also had 210 percent more negative coverage.
— PewResearch Journo (@pewjournalism) October 2, 2017
No matter how many times it’s studied, and no matter which way you look at it, the media’s bias has never been so explicitly against an administration than it is now.