- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Broadcast news coverage of President Trump is 92 percent negative, give or take a percentage point or two, according to a new study. Hostile coverage has been ongoing since he took office.

“In four weeks, Americans go to the polls for the midterm elections that the news media are casting as a referendum on the Trump presidency. Over the summer, the broadcast networks have continued to pound Donald Trump and his team with the most hostile coverage of a President in TV news history — 92 percent negative, vs. just eight percent positive,” wrote Rich Noyes, research director for the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog.

His research team reviewed all 1,007 evening news stories which covered the Trump administration on ABC, CBS and NBC from June 1 to September 30; that amounts to 1,960 minutes of airtime. Most stories focused on Russia-related issues, the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and North Korea.

“Bright spots for the administration such as the booming economy received extremely little coverage — 14 minutes — less than one percent of the four-month total,” Mr. Noyes said.

He has led identical studies of news coverage every four months since Mr. Trump took office — and each revealed that the broadcast coverage of the president was hostile and negative — on average by 91 percent.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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