Worst Bias Ever: TV Networks Coverage of Trump 92% Negative, 66% Positive for Biden
By: Warner Todd Huston
The latest look at TV network political coverage show more bias than ever with 92 percent negative coverage of Trump versus 66 percent positive for Joe Biden.
If you thought the coverage of the 2016 race was biased, you ain’t seen nuthin’ until you look at the coverage for 2020. With only a week to go until Election Day, it is utterly clear that the networks have chosen their candidate, and it isn’t Donald Trump.
The review of the network coverage was conducted by the Media Research Center:
For this study, the MRC analyzed all coverage of President Trump and former Vice President Biden on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts from July 29 through October 20 (including weekends). This is the same time period examined by the MRC four years ago, in advance of that year’s election.
This time around, it’s obvious that the networks are pouring their energy into confronting and criticizing the President, not equally covering both campaigns. During the twelve weeks we examined, Trump received 839 minutes of coverage, compared to just 269 minutes of airtime for Biden, a three-to-one disparity.
Even more lopsided, our analysts found ten times more evaluative statements about Trump than Biden: 890 comments about the President, of which 822 (92.4%) were negative, vs. 68 (7.6%) that were positive. Note that these totals do not include statements about the candidates’ prospects in the campaign horse race (i.e., standings in the polls, chances to win, etc.), nor does it include partisan statements from the candidates or their surrogates.
There is no way on earth that this disparity is merely a result of legitimate news coverage. The disparity is too great to be anything other than a concerted effort to destroy Donald Trump
But Biden has enjoyed softball interviews and fawning treatment, even more than Hillary got in 2016.
And compared to his campaign four years ago, Trump has been bludgeoned with 32 percent more negative comments (822 this year, vs. 623 in 2016), while Biden has enjoyed 65 percent fewer negative comments than Hillary Clinton faced in 2016 (31 for Biden, vs. 145 for Clinton). Trump’s coverage during these same weeks in 2016 was 91% negative, compared to 92% this year, while Biden’s overall press score was substantially more positive than Clinton’s (79% negative for Clinton, vs. 66% positive for Biden).
Clearly the networks are working in tandem with the Biden campaign to destroy Trump.
This is not a free and independent press.
About the Author: Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a “target rich environment” for political news. Follow Warner Todd Huston on facebook.
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