A Harvard study has unveiled the true extent of the mainstream media’s bias against Donald Trump.
Academics at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzed the coverage from Trump’s first 100 days in office across 10 major TV and print outlets.
They discovered that the tone of some outlets was negative in as many as 98% of reports, significantly more volatile and angry than the first 100 days of the three previous administrations:
The academics based the Harvard study on seven US outlets and three European ones.
In America, they reviewed 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 will show some of Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters and is often given special access to the President, even came close to positivity.
Fox was first in positive with, 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, not surprising there since the Democrats hatched “Russiagate.”
On the economy, the proportion was more balanced – 54% negative to 46% positive.
The study showed one exception: Trump got amazingly positive coverage for launching a cruise missile attack on Syria.
Around 80% of all reports were positive about that.
The picture was very different for other recent administrations. The study found that President Obama’s first 100 days got a good write-up overall – with 59% of reports positive.
Bill Clinton and George W Bush got overall negative coverage, it found, but to a much lesser extent than Trump. Clinton’s first 100 days got 40% positivity, while Bush’s got 43%: