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Harvard study: Media is biased against Trump

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If there’s anyone out there who has just escaped from a bomb shelter or escaping from a deserted island without internet, television, or newspapers, Donald Trump is the President, and the media hates him.

A new study from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy released on Thursday confirmed that the media is overwhelmingly biased against Trump and is almost exclusively portraying him in a negative light.

The study examined how The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, 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) covered the President. They found that there’s an all-out war against him.

CNN and NBC have almost an exclusive negative tone about Trump. 93 percent of the news coverage was in a negative light while only seven percent was positive. CBS wasn’t much better, with 91 percent being negative to nine percent being positive.

The New York Times and Washington Post were slightly better despite their relentless stories of leaks from the intelligence community. A total of 87 percent of the NYT and 83 percent of WaPo‘s reporting on Trump was in a negative tone.

Even supposed right-wing outlets like The Wall Street Journal were pretty negative, only 30 percent had a positive tone.

Fox News was the most even in their news coverage, 52 percent negative and 48 percent positive.

“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,” the Harvard study reported.

Not only is Trump overwhelmingly portrayed in a negative tone, but he also receives three times more coverage than previous presidents like Obama and Bush.

That’s probably all a coincidence though. The media wouldn’t purposely be trying to drive a narrative, would they?


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