Study: Network News Coverage of Trump 91% Negative Over Past Three Months

By Craig Bannister | December 12, 2017 | 3:10pm EST
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The network news media’s overwhelmingly negative coverage of President Donald Trump shows no signs of letting up, a new study by the Media Research Center’s NewsBusters division revealss.

For the September-November 2017 period, 91% of the Trump coverage was overtly negative, the NewsBusters’ analysis shows:

“The media have approached the Trump presidency with unrelenting hostility. Our latest numbers show that coverage of Trump on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts in September, October and November was more than 90 percent negative (our methodology counts only explicitly evaluative statements from reporters or non-partisan sources).”

By month, negative statements outnumbered positive ones:

  • 359-31 in September,
  • 435-41 in October, and
  • 320-33 in November.

In all, coverage of Trump was 91% negative during the past three months, unchanged from NewsBusters’ study of Trump coverage in June, July and August.


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