STUDY: 90 Percent Negative Media Coverage Of Trump In 2017

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Amber Athey Podcast Columnist
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The media often gets criticized for its left-leaning bias, but a new study shows just how ridiculously anti-Trump the broadcast news networks have been.

According to the Media Research Center, ABC, CBS, and NBC gave a shocking 90 percent negative coverage to Donald Trump throughout 2017.

MRC catalogued all 5,883 evaluative statements the media made about Trump or his administration over the course of the year and found that 5,266–or 90 percent–of those statements were negative.

There were just three months in 2017 when Trump enjoyed positive coverage above 10 percent: During Trump’s inauguration in January, in April when the press praised missile strikes against Syria, and in December after Congress finally passed a tax reform bill.

The Trump presidency was the most covered topic by the “Big Three” broadcast networks, accounting for 34 percent of all news coverage. From Inauguration Day to December 31, the networks covered 3,430 Trump-related stories, totaling over 99 hours of airtime.

Comparatively, the networks only devoted about ten percent of their time to coverage of President Obama over the last two years of his presidency.

Of course, the media spent an inordinate amount of time on the FBI’s investigation into Russia, totaling 20 hours and 34 minutes of coverage–more than one fifth of all Trump-related coverage by ABC, CBS, and NBC.

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