- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 24, 2019

A timely Newsbusters.org study reveals just how obsessed the “Big Three” broadcasters have been with compromising President Trump’s character and reputation.

The evening newscasts on NBC, ABC and CBS spent 2,634 minutes — nearly 44 hours — covering investigations into alleged Russia collusion and obstruction of justice from Jan. 20, 2017, to July 20, 2019.

“These TV news reports centered upon the Mueller report accounted for nearly 20% of all coverage of the president and his administration since inauguration day, said Rich Noyes, senior editor of Newsbusters and study author.

Coverage of the Russia probe itself was extensive. The study revealed what was left out.

“TV offered deluge of Russia news, but buried anti-Trump bias,” the analysis said.

The same broadcast networks barely covered some of the unresolved questions that emerged during the investigation. The biased text messages between FBI agents, for example, warranted 40 minutes of coverage over 31 months; the use of a “Democratic-funded dossier” got 34 minutes.

“It seems likely that House Republicans will pose at least some of these questions to former special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday, ensuring an audience of tens of millions of Americans will be exposed to these controversies,” Mr. Noyes wrote.

“Because the media have done such a poor job of covering these angles of the Russia investigation during the past two-and-a-half years, many Americans will be hearing about them for the very first time,” he said.

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

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