Showing that they learned absolutely nothing about the nature of this nation and the makeup of their audience from the 2016 election results, the big three television networks – ABC, NBC, and CBS – have continued their onslaught against red state America and the Trump administration throughout the first months of this year. According to a new report from the Media Research Center, the networks have actually gotten even MORE biased against the president…if you can believe it. Their report found that in the first two months of 2018, 91% of Trump coverage from the big three networks was negative. Only 9% could be deemed positive.
“This study, along with those we published in 2017, shows that even after 14 months, the liberal media remain utterly unreconciled to Trump’s presidency,” said Rich Noyes, the study’s author. “In my 30+ years of studying the media, it is absolutely unprecedented for a president to receive such relentlessly negative coverage for such a long period of time.”
Polizette has more on the report:
MRC found that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion dominated 2018’s evening Trump news coverage thus far and surpassed serious discussions on policies. The study found that roughly 63 percent of the evening news coverage from ABC, CBS and NBC revolved around Trump administration scandals as the networks favored scandals over substance.
Mueller’s investigation occupied 204 total minutes of the three networks’ evening shows’ airtime. Debates over the Trump administration’s immigration policy amid lawmakers’ unsuccessful struggles to reach an immigration compromise took up 100 minutes of airtime. January’s government shutdown and the response to the February 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, occupied 84 minutes and 63 minutes, respectively.
Left-leaning news is one thing; Americans have more or less become accustomed to a certain amount of liberal bias in their news broadcasts. That’s what made Fox News such a revelation in the mid 1990s and it’s what sent millions of conservatives searching for websites like the Drudge Report as the internet began taking off shortly thereafter. Yes, you kept up with the New York Times and ABC News and all that…but you also balanced that off with some perspective from the other side. Things were balanced, more or less, as long as you kept your news diet wide and varied.
Now it has spiraled completely out of control. It didn’t start with the ascension of Donald Trump, but it has worsened dramatically since his appearance on the national political scene. These networks and their cable counterparts have become virtually unwatchable. It is a nonstop Trump-bashing fest from morning till night; there is not even the pretense of objectivity anymore. You see these polls that have Trump’s approval ratings hovering in the high 30s and you wonder: If the major news outlets were calling things down the middle, where would those numbers be? Double? Higher?
The advent of new media perhaps heralded the end of the broadcast news age at some point in the near future. But with these networks going all in on negative Trump coverage, they are doing everything they can to hasten their own demise.