According to a new study released by the Media Research Center, CNN's recent programming has been "obsessed" with and heavily biased against President Donald Trump.
MRC's NewsBusters reported Tuesday that a team of MRC analysts reviewed 20 hours of CNN's May 12 broadcast, starting at 4 am ET and ending at 11 pm ET. What they found was that the vast majority of the reporting was dedicated to negative stories about Trump.
After excluding commercials, teases and promos, our analysts found 13 hours, 27 minutes of actual news coverage, an average of just over 40 minutes per hour. Of that, a whopping 92 percent (12 hours, 19 minutes) was devoted to the Trump presidency, with a mere 68 minutes — a little more than three minutes per hour — devoted to all of the other news of the day.
With the exception of about 21 minutes of live coverage of a White House briefing about the President’s upcoming trip to the Middle East and a smattering of coverage of Melissa McCarthy’s parody of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in an upcoming SNL appearance, CNN used that time to endlessly analyze the President’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, then a 3-day-old story.
The MRC study showed that most of this time consisted of panels that would analyze a specific news item pertaining to Trump. MRC reports that it tallied 123 guests throughout the day, 77 of which were unique appearances, and 46 were guests that appeared on multiple programs throughout the day.
And 96 of those panelists and guests (78 percent) were Trump critics, MRC said, and seven (6 percent) were pro-Trump. Only 13 panelists and guests remained neutral.
Looking at just CNN's own on-air talent, there were 69 "anti-Trump analysts" appearing on air throughout the day. Only two pro-Trump CNN commentators were featured — Jason Miller and Paris Dennard.
"The imbalance in guests was amplified by the frequent editorializing of CNN’s own hosts and anchors," NewsBusters reported, listing two instances of blatant bias against Trump:
During the 7 am hour of "New Day," host Chris Cuomo referred to clips of White House officials struggling to explain the decision to fire Comey as “the mendacity montage, because it’s just filled with lies.”
Opening his noon-hour "Inside Politics," CNN host John King hyped that the “initial White House account of how and why Comey was fired lies in shambles, reduced to a heap of falsehoods.”
"This review looked at just a single day, but the pattern is overwhelming: CNN is providing nearly wall-to-wall coverage of the Trump presidency, and is anything but down-the-middle in their approach," NewsBusters said.
Last November, MRC conducted a poll of the public's trust in the media and found that 69 percent of Americans do not believe the media is truthful or unbiased.
A poll conducted in February by Emerson College revealed that 53 percent of the public considers the media to be untruthful.