April 20, 2017
Newsbusters has determined that the media’s coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office has been 89% negative, dubbing it the “Honeymoon from Hell:”
The networks largely ignored important national priorities such as jobs and the fight against ISIS, in favor of a news agenda that has been dominated by anti-Trump controversies and which closely matches what would be expected from an opposition party.
For example, President Trump’s push to invigorate the economy and bring back American jobs received a mere 18 minutes of coverage (less than one percent of all airtime devoted to the administration), while his moves to renegotiate various international trade deals resulted in less than 10 minutes of TV news airtime.
Newsbusters reviewed evening programming on ABC, CBS, and NBC, including weekends, between January 20 and April 9. Here’s the breakdown per topic:
“Other topics, ostensibly far more important to voters, were pushed far down the network news agenda,” Newsbusters states. “The entire process, from nomination to confirmation, of new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch received just 69 minutes of network evening news coverage. The ongoing war against ISIS, including the tragic raid in Yemen that killed a Navy SEAL, was given just 57 minutes of coverage.”
“Eight years ago,” the report continues, “the networks’ treatment of President Obama’s first 100 days was very different. Back then, the networks delivered most of their coverage to Obama’s key policy priorities, topped by the nearly $1 trillion “stimulus” package (150 stories, or 15% of the total). The network spin for that legislation: 58% positive, vs. 42% negative.”
And while during Obama’s tenure the press fawned and complimented him profusely, the Trump’s are endlessly ridiculed and their character aggressively attacked by the MSM. And we’re just 100 days in.
This article was posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:35 am