A new study released by the Media Research Center of every network evening newscast in the five weeks since the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller on May 17 revealed that 55 percent of all coverage of the Trump presidency focused on the Russia investigation.
Garnering 353 minutes of airtime, the Russia probe beat other important policy topics with 20 times more coverage than the new health care legislation, 100 times more attention than the Trump administration’s plans to improve the nation’s infrastructure, and 450 times more coverage than the effort to implement comprehensive tax reform.
New study shows mainstream media spent over 350 minutes on Russia/Comey investigation, but just 5 minutes reporting on the economy pic.twitter.com/VU0Zq7sjzP
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The MRC also discovered that one-third of the networks’ Russia coverage was based on information from anonymous sources, some of which later proved erroneous.
According to the MRC, “For this report, MRC analysts reviewed all 364 evening news stories — totaling nearly 640 minutes — that discussed President Trump or other top administration officials. Of those, 246 were full reports focused solely on the administration; the rest were brief, anchor-read items (36), or stories about other topics that included some mention of the administration (82).”
MRC analysts also discovered that one-third of all of the Russia/Comey stories (58 out of 171) cited unnamed, anonymous sources for important information.
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