Harvard study: Extraordinary media bias against Trump

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).


Categories: Political


7 replies

  1. You’re spot-on with your commentary, Garnet. The leftwing media is the guerilla squad in the war for the soul of this nation.


    • I really think that they are the most dangerous opponent of all. I believe that many liberals might reconsider their positions if they knew the truth about people like Obama and Hillary rather than the fairy dust spread about them by the leftist media. At least some of them might be convinceable, The problem is the leftist media has the bully pulpit and the megaphone and makes the most noise so it drowns out any possibility of the public hearing the truth rather than leftist propaganda.

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  2. The lefty media would find a bone to pick even if things were running perfectly under Trump. The two scoops of ice cream is a perfect example of that. Funny how it was cute when O displaced residents so they could ride their bikes to the ice cream shop, but it’s scandalous when Trump has it as dessert.

    What started out as a scoffable remark has escalated into a full-blown witch hunt. The lefties and the media have all pounced on it, while ignoring most everything else. Once this Russian issue is put to bed (please, Lord) things will likely revert back to 50-50 split on media bias.

    Shortly after Trump was elected and the weeping and wailing began, another long-time political junky friend of mine said that we could expect this to go on for about a year. If he’s right, we still have a long way to go and Trump will need thicker skin to ride it out.

    It’s interesting that this report would come out of Harvard, who’ve been the host of May Day riots, black-only graduations and where students can now submit rap albums instead of a senior thesis.


    • Trump’s gotta be asking himself why he chose to run for president about now. I hope to hell that he gets his back up and fights back – I’d hate to see the other side be successful in forcing him from office.

      If they are successful, we’ll never see another Republican president because they will have learned how to successfully execute a “bloodless” coup.

      Yes, that report coming out of Harvard surprised me too – that only points out that even a left-leaning entity couldn’t escape the reality of the media’s insane treatment of Trump.


  3. You’re right. They won’t report it. It’ll vanish into a media black hole, other than in relatively obscure outlets like The American Thinker.

    This country is wandering into very dangerous territory, led by the insanity of the political left. Even worse, the madness is being encouraged and even led by their “legitimate leaders”, people like Pelosi, Waters, Cummings, Perez and the like. And when you have elected officials legitimizing outrageous and riotous behavior, the powder keg’s fuse is lit.


    • Dangerous territory indeed. There is so much animosity flooding the country, from all directions, that we’ll be lucky if we survive another decade. Every day I read more about the “students” in our colleges demanding things (and administrations giving in) and the media is damn near 100% leftist now so our reporting can’t be trusted anymore and the way they’re badgering Trump on every tiny issue, he’ll be lucky to survive. It’s a perilous time in our history. I wish I had more confidence that we’ll survive as a Constitutional Republic instead of some form of socialism or communism.


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