Media Bias: More Negative Coverage On Trump Than Clinton

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Much of the “free media coverage” that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has received has not been positive, and a new report reveals HUGE media bias.

It is true that Donald Trump has dominated the media since he announced his candidacy for President.   But the major news media networks have spent most of their time focusing on his controversies.

A “watchdog report” revealed Monday that the major news outlets, ABC, CBS and NBC, have focused on more negative news on Trump than Clinton, by a 4-to-1 margin.

According to a Media Research Center analysis, of all the 1,099 stories about the presidential election in 2016 (from Jan 1 to June 7), Trump received nearly half of the total airtime, with 1,068 minutes spent on Trump, and a total of 2,137 minutes spent on the presidential race overall.

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However, much more time was spent on Trump’s controversies and scandals than those Hillary Clinton.

Compared to Clinton, a much higher percentage of Trump’s airtime (40 percent, or 432 minutes) was spent discussing the controversies surrounding the Republican’s candidacy. Only 18 percent of Clinton’s coverage (105 minutes) was spent discussing similar controversies, as network reporters paid scant attention to stories that would have garnered far more airtime had Trump been involved.

For example, the lingering questions about Clinton’s handling of the 2012 Benghazi attack drew only 77 seconds of evening news airtime from January 1 through June 7. Clinton’s participation in a racially-charged comedy skit with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (about running on CP time — “cautious politician time”) was skipped by ABC and NBC’s evening broadcasts, getting just 51 seconds of airtime on the April 12 edition of the CBS Evening News.

The top negative stories surrounding Clinton were her email controversy and former Bill Clinton’s adultery.  On the adultery issue, the report notes that most of the coverage was not about Clinton’s conduct, but about the fact that Trump had raised the issue and questioning if he went too far in bringing it up.


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