New Harvard Study: Media obsesses over Trump with extreme negative bias

  • New Harvard Study: Media obsesses over Trump with extreme negative bias

New Harvard Study: Media obsesses over Trump with extreme negative bias

As for outside voices, the study said Republicans were most frequently featured in Trump coverage.

Surely, Trump's assertion is questionable.

If it seems President Trump gets nearly nothing but bad press, you're not imagining things: A new report from Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy finds that the media coverage of Trump's first 100 days in office is historically negative.

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. Analysis from three European news outlets, including the BBC, were also considered.

Barack Obama's first 100 days did show more optimistic coverage, with only 41% going negative, but as the study highlighted, the reporting veered into less-positive territory soon after.

As for the individual US news outlets studied in the report, CNN and NBC led the pack with 93 percent negative coverage followed closely by CBS (91%), The New York Times (87%), The Washington Post (83%), The Wall Street Journal (70%) and Fox News (52%)-which should debunk the liberal notion that Fox is in the tank for Trump.

Since the beginning of the 2016 campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump has been battling with the media - calling individual reporters and outlets everything from unfair and biased to "fake news" and "liars".

Ninety percent or more of the coverage at CNN, NBC and CBS was determined to be negative. "The Wall Street Journal came in below that level (70 percent negative), a difference largely attributable to the Journal's more frequent and more favorable economic coverage". However, the press has been quite unrelenting in its negative coverage as shown by the study.

Some topics, such as Trump's immigration policies, generated negative to positive ratios that exceeded 30-to-1. Even the Wall Street Journal, which is considered to lean conservative, was determined to provide coverage of Trump that was 70 percent negative. Both the Post and the Times, for instance, have used unnamed sources and even the supposed content of documents that they've never viewed as the basis for major revelations about Trump in recent days. As he tweeted a month after taking office, "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"

But the study doesn't dwell on the coordination of efforts by the media to destroy the Trump presidency with its evident bias. But a head-on collision at some point was inevitable.

The news media gave Trump a boost when he entered presidential politics.