(CNSNews.com) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer on Wednesday that he doesn’t doubt the findings of the Media Research Center’s analysis of media coverage, which showed that 91 percent of the coverage was hostile towards GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“What do you think of the report on its face? The numbers seem extremely high. Defend it,” Hemmer asked Huckabee.
“I mean it’s breathtaking, but I don’t doubt it. I mean if you just watch the mainstream media, that’s what you see. It’s all Donald Trump all the time, and it’s all negative, and so the Media Research Center, what do they do, they analyze the total number of minutes that’s given, what the anchors say, what the guests say, what the commentators say. They add it up,” Huckabee said on “America’s Newsroom.”
“It’s a pretty fair analysis, and 91 percent of the time, they’re speaking negatively about Donald Trump, and it may explain why right now the confidence of the American people in the news media is so much even below Congress. I mean the media has become about as popular as a whole gang of cockroaches in your kitchen these days,” Huckabee added.
The MRC study, which examined three mainstream television networks – ABC, CBS, and NBC – from July 20 to Oct. 20, found that the networks focused more “on the personal controversies involving Trump (440 minutes) than about similar controversies involving [Democratic presidential nominee Hillary] Clinton (185 minutes).”
Trump’s treatment of women “was given 102 minutes of evening news airtime, more than that allocated to discussing Clinton’s e-mail scandal (53 minutes) and the Clinton Foundation pay-for-play scandals (40 minutes) combined.”
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“The comparison to coverage over Clinton’s server is not even close, I grant you that, but some of this stuff is coming from Trump anyway by either the events of the day or something he has said or something from the past,” Hemmer told Huckabee.
“Look, I’ll be the first to tell you that sometimes Donald Trump buries his own lead, to use a journalistic term. At Gettysburg the other day, I thought that, you know, he missed an opportunity to focus solely on his own reforms, by even bringing up the potential lawsuit,” said Huckabee.
“As soon as he said that, I thought, there’s your Sunday talk show headline right there, that’s what they’re going to be talking about, and sure enough it was,” he said.
“But that aside, there’s no doubt but that the media will take anything and everything that is negative toward Donald Trump, and they will blow it up like it’s the 4th of July, but when it comes to taking a look at Hillary Clinton and things that really matter – things like coordinating with her PAC, things like talking about she hopes for open borders and ultimate globalism, the fact that she destroyed evidence. My gosh, Bill, we’ve got a four-star Marine general who’s going to go to prison for doing less than Hillary has done,” Huckabee said.
Huckabee was referring to retired four-star Gen. James Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who pled guilty recently to making false statements to federal investigators who questioned him about providing two journalists with top secret information in 2012.