91 Percent Of Media's Trump Coverage Is Negative: Study

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An evaluation of the coverage given to President Donald Trump by three major U.S. networks during June, July and August has concluded that 91 percent of it was negative.

The Media Research Center stated that only 9 percent of the stories on the evening news programs on ABC, CBS and NBC were positive towards the president, The Washington Post reported.

"Analyzing the networks' spin makes it clear that the goal of all of this heavy coverage is not to promote the President, but to punish him," Rich Noyes and Mike Ciandella wrote on the MRC's blog, according to the Post.

The analysis found 415 minutes of coverage from the three networks focused on the Russia investigation, of which 94 percent were negative for Trump, the MRC determined. Attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act got 167 minutes of air time, 97 percent of which was negative.

"All presidents deserve critical news coverage from time to time, but the relentlessly hostile coverage Trump has seen thus far is as much a reflection of the media's ideological bias as anything else," Noyes and Ciandella added.

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The analysis also found that while the networks gave around 10 percent of their coverage to then-President Barack Obama during 2015 and 2016, Trump has received around one third of the air time in 2017.

The Washington Post suggested this discrepancy could be because Trump actively seeks to make news.

"In the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they were normally," Trump said of his decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County.

Trump criticized the media in a tweet on Sept. 12, the first time he had done so in almost two weeks.

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"Fascinating to watch people writing books and major articles about me and yet they know nothing about me & have zero access," Trump wrote on Twitter, according to the Washington Examiner. "#FAKE NEWS!"

His message followed the release of a book by NBC reporter Katy Tur about her experience of following the Trump election campaign.

Tur wrote that journalists were treated like Christians who were persecuted in ancient Rome.

"They turn as one to boo at us in unison," Tur wrote in the book about a Trump rally. "Six thousand Trump supporters railing against 30 or so journalists -- caged in the center of the arena like a modern-day Roman Coliseum."

Trump's pause from criticizing the media on Twitter came as his administration sought to deal with the crises of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

His previous statement on Twitter critical of the press came Aug. 30.

Sources: The Washington Post, Washington Examiner / Featured Image: Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: U.S. Air National Guard/Wikimedia Commons, Estonian Foreign Ministry/Wikimedia Commons

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