A new report from the Media Research Center puts into numbers what outside observers have noticed since the very beginning of the Donald Trump presidency: mainstream media coverage of the White House and the president has been relentlessly vicious.
That viciousness reared its ugly head Monday during the White House Daily Press Briefing when CNN’s Jim Acosta and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders got into a heated exchange. Despite the liberal mainstream media’s attempts to blame the president and his administration, MRC data suggest the tone of coverage hasn’t changed since the inauguration.
Comparing positive coverage to negative, the media watchdog found:
- September—31 positive, 359 negative
- October—41 positive, 435 negative
- November—33 positive, 320 negative
It’s report also stated:
Add it all up, and coverage of Trump has been 91 percent negative during the past three months. Our study of news in June, July and August found an identical rate of 91 percent negative, which means TV news is unchanged in its hostility toward the President.
Previously, MRC has noted that coverage of the Trump administration comprised 40 percent of the mainstream media coverage airtime since Jan. 20. In the previous two years, coverage of the Obama administration comprised just 10 percent of airtime.