- The Washington Times
Monday, August 17, 2020

Negative press coverage of President Trump has worsened. Since 2016, previous studies from analysts at the Media Research Center revealed that the coverage of Mr. Trump on major broadcast networks was 91% negative.

A new study released Monday found that the coverage is now 95% negative.


“I’ve been studying the news media and elections for more than 35 years. Trust me — there’s never been anything like it,” said Rich Noyes, research director for the conservative press watchdog.

The study revealed that ABC, CBS and NBC aired nine times as much coverage of Mr. Trump than Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden. The coverage of the president, the research found, was 95% negative. Meanwhile, the networks appear to be shielding Mr. Biden.

“Biden escaped any scrutiny of his left-wing policy positions, past job performance or character,” the study said.

“From June 1 through July 31, the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts focused 512 minutes of airtime on the President, or nine times more than the 58 minutes allotted to Biden,” it continued.

“The extra airtime devoted to Trump consisted almost entirely of anchors and reporters criticizing the President. During these two months, our analysts documented 668 evaluative statements about the President, 95% of which (634) were negative, vs. a mere 5% (34) that were positive.”

In contrast, 67% of the evaluative statements about Mr. Biden are positive.

“Do the math, and viewers heard 150 times more negative comments about Trump than Biden. That’s not news reporting — that’s a negative advertising campaign in action,” the study said.


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