Pew Research Study is confirming what millions of us have already instinctively known for many years. This Pew Research study focuses on positive, negative and neutral news media coverage of the last several Presidents. If you want to see expanded research into coverage of Republicans and Democrats, or policy stories about conservative and progressive policy points, etc…you will find the very same trend. You can find these online at The Media Research Center website by clicking here.
If American news consumers believe the media’s coverage of politics has taken a sharp turn to the negative, it’s not their imagination. Pew Research has provided an extensive overview of the news coverage of the Trump presidency, and it concluded it is the most negative of any president’s in the survey’s 25-year history.
The firm categorized two dozen news outlets by the political demographic of their audiences. As Pew Research explained:
For this study, researchers categorized 24 news outlets into three groups by the political makeup of their audiences: Outlets whose audience – as measured using Pew Research Center surveys – consists of two-thirds more members who are right of center politically than left, two-thirds who are more left of center than right, and outlets with a more evenly distributed audience base.
The organization surveyed 3,000 news articles from the first 100 days of the Trump presidency and coded them “positive,” “negative,” and “neither.” Here are the striking results:
News stories about the Trump presidency were 5 percent positive for left-leaning audiences, 6 percent positive for mixed audiences, and 31 percent positive for right-leaning audiences. By comparison, the evaluation of news stories about President Donald Trump’s three predecessors shows just how stark the pro-Democratic turn has become in the U.S. media:
It is remarkable the Clinton and Bush presidencies show a relatively comparable balance in terms of positive, negative, and neither coverage. On the other hand, the media gave former President Barack Obama unusually glowing coverage: 42 percent positive reportage to 20 percent negative reportage. President Obama proportionally drew eight times the positive coverage of President Trump and one-third as much negative coverage.
Let me close by offering the following encouragement. In today’s data and internet driven world, it is no longer difficult to do some homework and use government, university, and other organization based websites to find the details and make sure you are informed. As a young man during the Reagan Revolution, such research required spending hours in public and university libraries combing through microfiche to find the truth. Something I dedicated myself to (some, but not all of my college professors appreciated this). Facts, data, and historical record more often support the conservative viewpoint and cause, and the Devil is Always in The Details. Help the under-informed to see the light!
Op Ed courtesy of Guest Author Patrick Miller. Patrick is conservative activist in North Carolina and has served as the Media & Communications Chair of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party. Having spent most of his adult life as an informed voter, Patrick joined and helped organize the grassroots in Charlotte North Carolina when Democrat Mayor Anthony Foxx proposed raising numerous taxes on Charlotte Residents during the height of the great recession. Through his leadership, Mayor Foxx’s new taxes initiative was defeated, after his team successfully convinced several democrat City Council members to switch their votes. Between 2013 & 2016, Patrick and his wife founded Rise-Up (a grassroots and educational organization), recruited volunteers to get conservative candidates elected or re-elected in North Carolina; including coordinating canvassers in support of Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign. Through combined efforts with the Women Speak Out PAC, his wife helped make sure more than 500,000 doors were knocked on in North Carolina to ensure that Trump won the state.
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