Networks eat up airtime on Trump 'scandals'

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Trump press conferenceThe supposed "big three" broadcast networks continue to bash President Donald Trump with no end in sight.

In the first two months of 2018, the news departments of ABC, NBC and CBS took up where they left off at the end of 2017, with 91 percent of their coverage of President Trump negative, leaving only nine percent positive.

Rich Noyes of Media Research Center says it's roughly the same numbers as the end of last year, when viewers were assaulted with 90 percent negative coverage of the President.

"If people were looking for balanced coverage, if they were looking to get both sides illustrated," he observes, "they're not finding it from these three networks."

Noyes

The media watchdog dug deeper into the recent numbers, finding that Robert Mueller's ongoing search for Russian collusion was given more than twice as much press as the next most popular topic, illegal immigration.

In all, 63 percent of the topics were devoted to what the networks considered scandals and only 37 percent dealt with policy issues.

"The public gives the president pretty high marks for his handling of the economy," Noyes points out. "His handling of the economy got very little attention in these two months, and again it was drowned out by these soap opera aspects that are gobbling up all the air time and creating the public image of this presidency."

The anger that's dividing Americans might not be entirely caused by the media, says the MRC spokesman, but they're certainly pushing people toward their separate corners.

"If you are a Trump supporter and you get this deluge of antagonistic, hostile coverage day in and day out," Noyes says, "you're just going to eventually walk away from this media."

Perhaps eager to point out left-wing bias, conservative-friendly Fox News  pointed out in a media story this week that NBC News failed to name the part affiliation of Democrat Megan Berry. The now-former Nashville mayor, considered a rising star in Democratic circles, stepped down this week after pleading guilty to felony theft related to an extramarital affair. 

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