The Bias Against Trump Spreads
Harvard Study | Photo Credit Heatstreet Everyone knows there is a bias against Donald Trump in the mainstream media, but now Harvard University has proven this hunch. According to the Academics at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, the numbers are staggering.
Within Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, across 10 major networks and print outlets, they found that the general tone was negative in 98 percent of the reports. This is more hostile than any of the last three administrations.
These academics based their study on both US and European outlets.
Only Fox News Treats Trump Fair
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“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. The study also divided news items across topics. 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.”
Trump Gets Worse Coverage Than All Previous Administrations
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Ironically, the only major exception was when Trump got overwhelmingly positive coverage for launching a cruise missile on Syria in response to their chemical attack. Approximately 80 percent of all reports were positive.
In Obama’s first 100 days, on the other hand, the overall reports were 59 percent positive. For George W. Bush, the reports were negative but not like Trump and Bill Clinton’s first 100 days were viewed as 40 percent positive.
Trump’s claims about being mistreated by the media are now proven to be without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt completely true.