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Harvard Study Shows Unprecedented Anti-Trump Media Bias -- Except For When He Bombed Syria

Published: May 19, 2017
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A new Harvard study published on Thursday found unprecedented levels of anti-Trump bias from the major media in Trump's first 100 days in office, with NBC, CBS and CNN generating over 91 percent negative coverage. The Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analysed news reports from the print editions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as "the main newscasts of CBS, CNN, Fox News, and NBC, and three European news outlets (The UK's Financial Times and BBC, and Germany's ARD)."

Here's what they found:

 

- President Trump dominated media coverage in the outlets and programs analyzed, with Trump being the topic of 41 percent of all news stories, three times the amount of coverage received by previous presidents. He was also the featured speaker in nearly two-thirds of his coverage. - Republican voices accounted for 80 percent of what newsmakers said about the Trump presidency, compared to only 6 percent for Democrats and 3 percent for those involved in anti-Trump protests. - European reporters were more likely than American journalists to directly question Trump's fitness for office. - Trump has received unsparing coverage for most weeks of his presidency, without a single major topic where Trump's coverage, on balance, was more positive than negative, setting a new standard for unfavorable press coverage of a president.

- Fox was the only news outlet in the study that came close to giving Trump positive coverage overall, however, there was variation in the tone of Fox's coverage depending on the topic.

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Note, the one week he got the most positive coverage was week 12 when he attacked Syria and started ditching all his campaign promises and acting like he was being blackmailed. Since going rogue again and firing Comey the coverage has no doubt gotten worse than ever.

The tone of coverage was overwhelmingly positive for his Tomahawk missile strike on Syria:

Fox News is not much better than other networks on a lot of issues and as we know they've recently shifted even further to the left.

This is death by a thousand paper cuts and on top of it all the deep state is sabotaging Trump's every move. If you really look at these polls, it's clear the only way he could get positive news coverage is if he came out for open borders and amnesty, then launched a full-scale ground invasion of Syria and started a war with Russia.

 

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