According to a new comprehensive survey from the Media Research Center, the big three network news broadcasts have produced 45 stories about the monthly jobs report since President Trump took office in January 2017. But while those stories, as you know, have been relentlessly positive about the state of the economy and the skyrocketing effect that it has had on employment figures, all three networks have made a point of denying the Trump administration credit for the success. In fact, the MRC found that 98% of those job stories refused to give the president credit for the booming economy.
Jobs growth has been one of the brightest economic growth points under President Donald Trump’s administration. Even the year after many economists anticipated the U.S. was “at or near” full employment, monthly jobs gains continued to add up.
What hasn’t added up is the evening news shows giving the president or his policies credit for helping spur that jobs boom.
In the past 15 months of their coverage of regular jobs reports, the networks almost never gave Trump any credit for that economic success. Stories sometimes mentioned that he was taking credit or celebrating good jobs news. But out of 45 broadcasts the night of monthly jobs reporting there was just one network story about jobs that gave Trump any credit at all — they refused to credit him nearly 98 percent of the time.
This is not a stunning revelation given what we know about the liberal media and how they cover this administration – to say nothing of their attitude towards Republicans in general. But it is yet another reminder of why so many Americans still see Trump as a “failing” president ripe for the picking in 2020. His public approval numbers continue to be underwater, a fact that contrasts jarringly with the stunning accomplishments of the last two years. The economy is only part of that, but it is a big part. It’s hard to remember – or even imagine – another president in history presiding over this kind of a turnaround while suffering from such widespread disapproval.
Alas, the mystery gets a little easier to understand when you see reports like this one. The fact is that most Americans are getting their news from filtered, biased sources that – while they may or may not be peddling “fake news” – are certainly not giving their viewers a complete picture of what’s going on in Washington.
For that reason, Trump will face a staggeringly uphill climb towards re-election even while all the numbers suggest he should win in a landslide.
Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time the billionaire from New York has defied the political odds.