The following table was pulled from RIch Noyes’ article at the conservative website, newsbusters.org. It summarizes a Media Research Center (MRC) analysis of all network (ABC, NBC, CBS) news reports from June 1 to September 30:
What do those data tell you?
Not hard to figure out, is it?
But wait: is that the whole story? What about the economic news, almost all of it positive? How did the network news shows do on that?
Here, again from Mr. Noyes’ article, is your answer:
Amid this sea of coverage, the networks spent almost no airtime — a mere 14 minutes, or 0.7 percent — on the administration’s economic achievements, including the positive effects of the tax cuts and deregulation, plus historic job growth. Indeed, the only aspect of the Trump economic program that interested the networks during the past four months has been the President’s use of tariffs to push for better trade deals (80 minutes).
Coverage of Trump’s trade policy emphasized the downside: potential higher costs to consumers or the possible harm to industries that rely on foreign imports, as opposed to the potential for job growth or higher wages for American workers. That made the spin of trade news nearly as negative as the other major topics (88% negative), overwhelming the positive (89%) but puny coverage of the broader economic record.
This is what viewers of the three network news shows have been exposed to – by the folks who insist they provide neutral coverage.