This week, President Trump approaches the completion of his first hundred days in office. Of course, the importance of this day is mostly negligible in terms of legislative accomplishments over the course of a four year term. The hundred day mark should mean more to political pundits than to the administration, something akin to sports commentators comparing football teams from different eras.
The Media Research Center recently released a study comparing press coverage of the Trump Administration between January 20th and April 9th. Of 1,687 statements about the Trump Administration from non-partisan sources appearing on the ABC, CBS, or NBC evening news over this span, 1,501 were negative. That calculates to 89%.
Newsbusters writes: “The networks largely ignored important national priorities such as jobs and the fight against ISIS, in favor of a news agenda that has been dominated by anti-Trump controversies…”
Then, this happens.
ABC ran story over the weekend with poll numbers about Trump’s first hundred days in which they said: “Majorities say Trump lacks the judgment and the temperament it takes to serve effectively. Six in 10 doubt his honesty and trustworthiness, see him as out of touch and don’t think he understands the problems of people like them. Fifty-six percent say he hasn’t accomplished much in his first 100 days. And 55 percent say he doesn’t follow a consistent set of principles in setting policy…All told, 42 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s performance as president, while 53 percent disapprove.”
Imagine that! 89% of what the American people have been told about President Trump’s job performance is negative. Should it surprise anyone that a majority of people polled disapprove of that same job performance?
President Trump has made a habit of labeling certain headlines “fake news”. He has been criticized for this, but this is a case where it’s true. This is an example of the media creating the story they are purporting to cover.
The collective media has the power to drive public discourse in America simply based on what they choose to cover – or what not to cover. These decisions should be grounded in more fact and a lot less rhetoric. It’s the right thing to do.
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