Study: Mainstream Media Coverage of Trump 92% Negative in Last 4 Months
Over the past four months, President Donald Trump has received overwhelmingly negative coverage from the mainstream media, according to a new Media Research Center study.
For the report, analysts with the conservative media watchdog evaluated 1,007 evening news broadcasts spanning a total of 1,960 minutes from ABC, CBS and NBC from June 1 to September 30.
The results show that Trump received 92 percent negative coverage, compared to just eight percent positive.
The study also revealed that nearly two-thirds of the networks’ evening reports covered five topics:
- Russia collusion investigation, with 342 minutes of air time, 97 percent of which was negative.
- Immigration policies, with 308 minutes of air time, and 94 percent negative coverage.
- The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, with 291 minutes of coverage, 82 percent of which was negative.
- North Korea diplomacy, with 179 minutes of coverage, 90 percent of it negative.
- U.S. relations with Russia, with 151 minutes of coverage, 99 percent of which was negative.
On "Fox & Friends" Wednesday, Saagar Enjeti, White House correspondent for The Daily Caller, said he was not surprised by the 92 percent number, but he did find it noteworthy that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia probe received the most coverage of any topic.
He noted that polling shows that Americans are not particularly concerned with the Russia investigation, although the media's coverage would suggest otherwise.
"I'm in the White House briefing room every day. And from where I stand, there are a lot of people much more interested in pressing the people around them by asking about the Russia investigation than in delivering the actual news that the American people care about," Enjeti said.
Steve Doocy noted that the Media Research Center study found that the networks spent almost no airtime -- a mere 14 minutes -- on the administration’s economic achievements, including tax cuts, deregulation and historic job growth.
"Not much at all, especially when the economy's under a fundamental transformation," Enjeti said. "These are things that affect the lives of millions and millions of people, and it deserves a lot more scrutiny."