Pew Study: Early Media Coverage of Trump 3 Times More Negative Than Obama
The Pew Research Center said the media's coverage of the Trump administration's first two months was 62 percent negative, more than three times higher than in 2009 when Barack Obama took office.
"About six-in-ten stories on Trump’s early days in office had a negative assessment, about three times more than in early coverage for Obama and roughly twice that of Bush and Clinton. Coverage of Trump’s early time in office moved further away from a focus on the policy agenda and more toward character and leadership," the report from Pew stated.
Just five percent of the stories on the early days of the Trump presidency were seen as positive, compared to 42 percent for Obama in 2009 and 22 percent for George W. Bush in 2001.
The "Outnumbered" panel reacted on Thursday, with Lisa Boothe arguing that she's witnessed the disparity in media coverage up close while working on political campaigns.
"If the media doesn't want to be called 'very fake news,' stop being fake news," she said, pointing out botched reports in recent months by ABC News and CNN.
Katie Pavlich and Kennedy agreed that every administration should be covered in an adversarial way and be held to the same standards.
"It's not whether they should be covering the president in a positive light, it's whether they should be covering the president in a fair and factual way," said Pavlich, pointing to instances where the media has damaged its own credibility since Trump's inauguration.
Watch the discussion above.