Broadcast news networks have been presenting overwhelmingly negative coverage of President Trump to their viewers, according to a new study by the Media Research Center.
The report found that 88 percent of the broadcast news coverage was “hostile” during the president’s first 30 days in office.
According to a piece in the The Washington Times, the study analyzed the tone and content of evening newscasts on ABC, NBC, and CBS and “found that the ‘Big Three’ networks produced 16 hours of coverage on the new president and his staff. That is over half — 54 percent — of their total coverage for the month.”
Researchers Rich Noyes and Mike Ciandella noted in the report that in the past month, the networks have flooded their stories with angry quotes from citizens while giving no voice to the optimistic views of Trump supporters.
“Our measure of media tone excludes soundbites from identified partisans, focusing instead on tallying the evaluative statements made by reporters and the nonpartisan talking heads (experts and average citizens) included in their stories,” the researchers explained.
“The networks’ anchors and reporters often injected their own anti-Trump editorial tone into the coverage,” wrote Noyes and Ciandella, offering the following as an example of negative editorializing from supposed journalists: “It has been a busy day for presidential statements divorced from reality,” CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley said “snidely” as he began his broadcast on Feb. 6.
The study revealed that three hours of negative rhetoric was delivered via the angry talking heads after the president signed an executive order temporarily banning travel from seven middle eastern countries due to the fact that they sponsor terrorism.
Other issues the networks have targeted for negative stories are often about the border war between the U.S. and Mexico, President Trump’s fight to get his cabinet picks confirmed, and his “complicated relationship” with Russia.
“A new American president is always a big story, but TV news is obsessed with the Trump administration — and not in a good way,” the research concluded.
H/T: The Washington Times
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