- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Donald Trump has spent the better part of his campaign and now, presidency, railing against the media, calling out its members for bias, condemning certain networks for outright targeted take-down attempts of his administration — and according to a new study from the Media Research Center, he kind of has a point.

Specifically, the study showed that in September, October and November, almost 91 percent of remarks from reporters’ and other so-called non-partisan-types’ mouths during evening ABC, NBC and CBS broadcasts were anti-Trump in nature.

Ninety-one percent. That’s pretty dang significant.

That’s an outright media blitz — a war even.

“In September, there were just 31 pro-Trump statements on the Big Three vs. 359 negative,” Newsbusters reported, citing the study. “In October, the number of positive statements grew to 41, while the negative statements swelled to 435.”

And in November?

Well, coverage of Trump slowed a bit as media eyes turned largely to Alabama and the dark shadows cast by then-Senate candidate Roy Moore. But the ratio of positive to negative statements about Trump stayed wide, with 33 positive that month versus 320 negative.

And this isn’t an anomaly.

“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,” Newsbusters wrote.

Suddenly, Trump’s not so crazy.

Suddenly, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders isn’t so off-base.

She said this on Monday, in the aftermath of yet another damaging and false report from the media about the Trump administration: “There’s a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people. Something that happens regularly.”

No wonder it happens regularly. Members of the mainstream media, at least 91 percent of the time, are on all-courts-press to put out an anti-Trump message.

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