Study confirms Trump's statements about a negative media
President Trump has insisted that his press coverage has been historically negative, and a newly released Harvard journalism study backs him up.Many people are already tuning them out. When the media is relentlessly unfair, they no longer persuade the unpersuaded. They are only pandering to those who already hate Trump. They are making that hatred more dangerous as numerous physical attacks against Republicans attest.
A major study released Thursday by the Harvard Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy found that the coverage of Mr. Trump during his first 100 days was “unsparing,” with negative reports outnumbering positive ones by 80 to 20 percent.
“Trump’s coverage during his first 100 days set a new standard for negativity,” said Harvard Kennedy School of Government professor Thomas E. Patterson in the report.
He added that the coverage was “negative even by the standards of today’s hyper-critical press.”
At the same time, Mr. Trump has received more press coverage in general than previous presidents. He was the topic of 41 percent of all news stories, or three times that of previous presidencies, and he was the featured speaker in 65 percent of the stories.
“Nevertheless, the sheer level of negative coverage gives weight to Trump’s contention, one shared by his core constituency, that the media are hell bent on destroying his presidency,” he said.
The lack of balance “has changed few minds about the president, for better or worse,” but the perception that journalists are out to get Mr. Trump threatens to weaken the media’s role as a watchdog.