We knew the media’s coverage of President Trump was bad, but we didn’t know it was THIS bad. If ever there was a study that proved how off-the-rails the D.C. media has gone in their efforts to try and bring this administration down, the new one from Pew Research Center is it. After looking at the facts revealed by this study, no mainstream media outlet can ever again claim to be objective. They can never again claim to be impartial referees, simply out on the field to count balls and strikes. They are partisan players in the political game, and they have left any semblance of credibility behind in an ash heap.
As part of their year-end “17 Striking Findings From 2017,” Pew highlighted the study, which showed just how right Trump supporters are when they claim the media is biased against the president.
“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,” they wrote. “Coverage of Trump’s early time in office moved further away from a focus on the policy agenda and more toward character and leadership.”
Now as bad as that sounds, it actually makes it sound better than it is. Because you read that and you assume, well, he’s getting 40% positive coverage – that’s better than it seems sometimes. But no, that’s not it. The rest of the coverage apparently falls in the “neutral” category. Indeed, Pew could only find a measly FIVE PERCENT of positive media coverage in the first two months of Trump’s presidency. FIVE PERCENT. That’s basically a rounding error away from ZERO. And that’s compounded by the fact that Obama had 42% positive coverage in his first few months in office.
We just don’t know what to say about the state of mainstream media journalism anymore. We really thought there was a chance – small but real – that they would learn their lesson after they turned out to be so disastrously mistaken about the election. Instead, the majority of news outlets were so enraged by the results of the 2016 contest that they decided to devote all of their energies into tearing down President Trump and his supporters, waging an ideological battle that gave new life to the term “fake news.”
If there was a brief opportunity for newspapers and cable news channels to win back credibility, it has since passed.