From: americanthinker.com, by Rick Moran, on May 19, 2017
A study prepared by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard reveals a shocking level of media bias against President Trump. This comes as no surprise to anyone – friend or foe of the president.
But the extreme percentage of negative coverage of the president is absolutely breathtaking. The academics based their study on seven US outlets and three European ones. In America, they analyzed CNN, NBC, CBS, Fox News, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. They also took into account the BBC, the UK’s Financial Times and the German public broadcaster ARD.
Every outlet was negative more often than positive. Only Fox News, which features some of Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters and is often given special access to the President, even came close to positivity. Fox was ranked 52% negative and 48% positive.
I’m amazed that the New York Times had 13% “positive” coverage of Trump, although Harvard academics may have a different definition of “positive” from yours or mine. Trump coverage was slightly more positive when it came to individual issues:
On immigration, healthcare, and Russia, more than 85% of reports were negative. On the economy, the proportion was more balanced – 54% negative to 46% positive:
The study highlighted one exception: Trump got overwhelmingly positive coverage for launching a cruise missile attack on Syria. Around 80% of all reports were positive about that.
The picture was very different for other recent administrations. The study found that President Obama’s first 100 days got a good write-up overall – with 59% of reports positive. Bill Clinton and George W Bush got overall negative coverage, it found, but to a much lesser extent than Trump. Clinton’s first 100 days got 40% positivity, while Bush’s got 43%:
The Lightbringer got three times more positive coverage than Trump. Maybe he could walk on water.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that his treatment by the media is unprecedented in its hostility. This study suggests that, at least when it comes to recent history, he’s right.
Of course, this is old news to most of us political junkies, we’ve come to expect it from the lamestream media. They’ve become the propaganda arm of the democrat party and the last image shows the difference between Obama – who had legitimate issues of malfeasance warranting condemnation and President Trump who has only been on the job for 120 days.
But I will admit to being surprised by the extent and depth of vitriol exhibited by the so-called news organizations. Nothing is too menial when it comes to attacking Trump, like attacking him for expecting two scoops of ice cream as dessert – not one, but TWO. EGAD, what hath God wrought? Has the man no shame? It’s almost like he lied to us telling us that we could keep our insurance plans and doctors or something on that order.
The satisfying aspect of this study is that it was performed by a Harvard entity and reinforced what President Trump said yesterday, “No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.” The Harvard study confirms Trump’s statement as true and factual.
Now, let’s see how the media reports that (of course, they WON’T report it).