Media Coverage of Trump's First 100 Days Set 'New Standard For Negativity'

Study: Media Coverage of Trump's First 100 Days Set 'New Standard For Negativity'

Harvard study puts anti-Trump media bias in bold relief

The study's authors concede that "the sheer level of negative coverage gives weight to Trump's contention, one shared by his core constituency, that the media are hell bent on destroying his presidency".

Thomas Patterson, Harvard's Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, opened his study of "News Coverage of Donald Trump's First 100 Days" by noting not only that President Trump was the topic of more than 40 percent of all news stories during his first 100 days (three times the amount of press coverage received by previous presidents), but also that the coverage he received "set. a new standard for unfavorable press coverage of a president". "During his first 100 days, Clinton's coverage was 3-to-2 negative over positive". The study also points to an obsession, covering the White House activities with 1/8 of ALL of the news.

News outlets used in the analysis of the report include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, Britain's BBC and Financial Times, and Germany's ARD.

Some topics, such as Trump's immigration policies, generated negative to positive ratios that exceeded 30-to-1.

"Of news reports with a clear tone, negative reports outpaced positive ones by 80 percent to 20 percent", the study found. The question of whether this is due to media bias or because Trump merits the exceptionally negative coverage is best left to the editorial pages.

Some outlets' coverage was particularly blatant.

See more reaction from "The Specialists" above. Fox was ranked 52% negative and 48% positive. "In no week did the coverage drop below 70 percent negative and it reached 90 percent negative at its peak".

And of that group, the tone was resoundingly negative - 80 percent of all stories, to be exact.

The study also divided news items across topics.

This is why much of the reporting - even from the leading lights of print journalism - has been so shabby and unfair.

A Harvard study published Thursday has revealed a dramatic anti-Trump bias in the media, with major outlets including CNN and NBC producing more than 90 percent negative coverage of Trump's first 100 days in office.

Trump did get positive press reviews for the cruise missile attack on Syria.

Around 80% of all reports were positive about that. "Trump's first 100 days were 4-to-1 negative over positive".

Initially Trump was "a journalist's dream" wrote Patterson, adding that "reporters are tuned to what's new and different, better yet if it's laced with controversy. What's truly atypical about Trump's coverage is that it's sharply negative despite the fact that he's the source of almost two-thirds of the sound bites surrounding his coverage". Members of the administration, including his press secretary, accounted for 11 percent of the sound bites.

Trump has been vocal about his displeasure about how journalists cover his administration.

That's right. The mainstream media was literally twice as kind to former USA president Barack Obama during his first 100 days in office as it was to Trump.

According to the Harvard study, Trump consisted of 41 percent of national television content, which included of Trump, his administration, and Republicans outside the White House received the overwhelming majoirty of that coverage.

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