A new analysis scrutinizing the mainstream media's coverage of President Donald Trump reveals just how negatively the top evening newscasts covered the Trump administration this summer.
What are the details?
The analysis, from conservative media watchdog Newsbusters, found that 92 percent of stories on the Trump administration from June 1 to Sept. 30 were covered negatively. Analysts reviewed 1,007 stories, which equated to 1,960 minutes of airtime, from the NBC, ABC, and CBS evening newscasts.
Surprisingly, two-thirds of all coverage focused on five stories:
- Russia "collusion" investigation covered for 342 minutes: 97 percent of coverage was negative
- Trump's immigration policies covered for 308 minutes: 94 percent of coverage was negative
- Kavanaugh's nomination fight covered for 291 minutes: 82 percent of coverage was negative
- North Korean diplomacy covered for 179 minutes: 90 percent of coverage was negative
- Relations with Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin covered for 151 minutes: 99 percent of coverage was negative
What did media mostly ignore?
According to the analysis, NBC, CBS, and ABC spent only 14 minutes — which equates to 0.7 percent — on the booming economy under Trump, which features record low unemployment, surging wages, small business growth, and record stock market achievements.
In fact, the analysis found that in regard to economic stories, the networks most often covered Trump's tariff war — a story not favorable for the president.