A new study reveals that Trump’s presidency and anti-Trump guests account for nearly all of CNN’s coverage during the course of an entire day.
The MRC conducted a study of CNN’s programming on Friday, May 12, beginning at 4 am ET with the “Early Start” show and ending after the 11 :00 p.m. ET “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” concluded, which is a total of about 20 hours of news coverage.
MRC analysts found that out of those 20 hours of airtime, only 13 hours, 27 minutes actually contained news coverage, which is an average of about 40 minutes per hour. But, what is more, jaw-dropping is that a staggering 92 percent (12 hours, 19 minutes) was devoted to covering the Trump presidency, and only 68 minutes were spent covering other news of the day.
The programming mainly consisted of interviews and panel discussions from anti-Trump experts giving their views of the Trump administration – 123 guests and panelists, to be exact.
However, often CNN’s analysts appeared in multiple news segments, each of which was counted as a separate appearance.
The report stated 77 were unique appearances by CNN analysts or commentators, which equates to about 62 percent of all guests.
Here’s a closer look at CNN’s guests:
- 96 were considered anti-Trump critics (78% of the total)
- 7 were considered pro-Trump (6% of the total)
- 13 guests were considered neutral
- 7 guests offered mixed assessments of the Trump administration
Assessing CNN’s on-air talent showed coverage was even more skewed:
- 69 appearances by anti-Trump analysts
- 2 pro-Trump analysts
The MRC provided these examples of the blatant Trump bashing, which was rampant throughout the programming:
CNN counter-terrorism analyst Phil Mudd, for example, harshly condemned the President during appearances in the 6 am, 8 am, 11 am, 5 pm, 8 pm, and 9 pm ET hours. “Give the President of the United States a pacifier and a rattle and put him in the crib,” Mudd declared during his 11 am ET appearance. Nine hours later, Mudd was asked about those comments by 8pm anchor Anderson Cooper. “The President is losing credibility by the day for childish comments that undercut his ability to have traction as President,” Mudd re-iterated.
During the 8pm hour of AC360, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin complained that some “were normalizing behavior that would have been seen as completely outrageous by any other President.” Then in the 10pm hour of CNN Tonight, weekend host Fareed Zakaria said Trump’s suggestion that he might have taped a conversation with Comey was “bullshit,” sniffing that “this is the farcical version of Watergate, where the guy says, ‘I’ve got a tape,’ and actually he’s got nothing in his hands.”
Political analysts were also heard encouraging Americans to rise up and resist the new administration.
The report claims the imbalance in guests and skewed bias was further amplified by comments made by CNN hosts. One such case occurred when CNN’s New Day host Chris Cuomo referred to clips of White House officials explaining why Comey was fired as “the mendacity montage, because it’s just filled with lies.”
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