- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Their bias is showing: All three major broadcast networks immediately homed in on the violence during Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign rallies last weekend, to the exclusion of almost everything else.

An analysis by the Media Research Center detects agenda: “ABC, CBS and NBC news coverage found that the left-wing protesters who forced the cancellation of a presidential campaign event escaped nearly all blame, as reporters dumped 94 percent of the blame on Trump and his campaign,” the conservative watchdog group reports.

Analysts Mike Ciandella, Scott Whitlock and Kyle Drennen pored over morning and evening coverage on the three networks from Saturday morning through Monday morning — 45 segments, and almost 85 minutes of airtime. Here is what they found: Reporters criticized Mr. Trump’s campaign over the incidents 46 times. They blamed the protesters only three times, the study found.

“By 15-to-1 margin, the networks blame Trump, not lefties, for campaign violence,” research director Rich Noyes writes in his analysis of their work.

“While a presidential candidate — especially a front-runner — should obviously be held to the highest level of scrutiny, the media’s race to blame Trump skirted the role of the left-wing activists whose goal on Friday was not just to demonstrate their opposition to Trump, but to actually force the cancellation of his campaign event,” Mr. Noyes said.

“The media’s condemnations of Trump’s excesses would mean a lot more if reporters would just as vigorously condemn the excesses from the political Left as well.”


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