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Trump Gets 92% Negative Media Coverage but His Approval Rating is Clobbering Obama’s

Despite the perpetual negative coverage of President Trump on virtually all mainstream media sources, he still has higher approval ratings than President Barack Obama did at the same point in his presidency.

Last October, an Investor’s Business Daily op-ed cited a study from the Media Research Center that showed 92 percent of coverage related to President Trump had a negative tone and a paltry 8 percent had a positive message.

The study looked at over 1,000 hours of network news coverage, everyone from ABC, CBS, and NBC, from June to September 2018 were studied. This didn’t include the all “Russia/Trump collusion network known as CNN.

The study of network news showed some obvious similarities of the networks’ coverage and several glaring omissions.

Sixty percent of network coverage during that period involved only five topics: the debate over illegal immigration, the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, the Russia investigation, and U.S. relations with rivals like Russia and North Korea.

Absent from the list were reports on America’s economy. Experts and media analysts predicted President Obama’s dismal eight years of economic stagnation was to be the “new normal” during the following four years but then ignored the fact President Trump’s policies proved them wrong. Positive mention of the economy accounted for only .07 percent of coverage – about 14 minutes out of a total 1,000-plus hours.

The only piece of economic news the mainstream media focused on concerned trade tariffs. 80 minutes of that 1,000 hours covered this with 88 percent being negative.

Despite such calculated negative coverage and the media’s focus on Trump scandals – some real, most contrived – approval ratings for the President have remained consistent and have remained ahead of his predecessor at the same point in their presidencies.

Rasmussen shows the spread between those who “strongly” approve” and “strongly disapprove” of the president in an approval index rating of -7 for Trump as of Feb. 21, 2019.

By comparison, President Obama showed an approval index of -18 points at the same point in his first term. 23 percent of Americans “strongly approved” of Obama in February 2011 while Trump received a robust 35 percent strong approval rating in February 2019.

The negative assault by the mainstream media on President Trump is greater now than ever but his approval ratings still hovers around 50 percent – far higher than Obama after two years of his first term.

As one conservative columnist noted, “The media can and will slam Trump for every real or perceived misstep — and Trump has certainly earned negative coverage from time to time, to be fair — but the incessant negativity appears to have had little effect on the American people, who it would seem are able to see past the media’s overt anti-Trump bias and judge the president by his accomplishments and policies, rather than simply accept the biased media’s negative version of events in order to form their own opinion.”

Two years ago, NPR ran a surprisingly balanced story in which it confirmed what conservatives already knew – the media is far more likely to carry negative assessments of Trump’s actions.

Pew Research compared the first 60 days of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump’s presidency. Before President Trump even set foot in the White House 5 percent of media stories were positive as compared to 42 percent for former President Obama at the same point of his presidency.

An example of the footing Trump got off to with the mainstream media is a quote from the Huffington Post which read: “Can the public even hold to his word a president for whom truth appears to carry almost no weight?”

The most recent Rasmussen daily tracking poll shows support for and disapproval of President Trump and former President Obama have somewhat leveled out to approximately 50 percent approval for each at the same point.

What isn’t missed by many is that the media has done all it can to diminish support for President Trump among voters and to this point failed.


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47 Responses

  1. It is too bad the list of the 15 billionaires who own America’s News Media Companies**was not included in this assessment. It would have influenced the reader’s perceptions of what is actually happening in the USA. It would have helped the people who are pro-Trump understand far better why the media is so negative.

    Now I want to see an article linking each of these billionairs to the amount of money they have contributed to the Abortion ProJihadist Socialist/communist groups.

    **https://www.forbes.com/sites/katevinton/2016/06/01/these-15-billionairs-own-americas-news-media-ccompanies/#5bdc68ff660a

  2. Maybe President Trump supporters are among those who weren’t sucked in by playground politics when we were growing up and have learned to do our research before forming an opinion. We don’t take the word of someone when it sounds suspicious.

  3. Gwendolyn, ya hit the nail squarely on its head. Betcha these clowns donate heavily to the DEMONRAT PARTY along with supporting every anti-American group they can find as well as teaming up with George Soros. Disgusting, aren’t they! P.S. Love your name.

  4. Why is the media soooo stupid, in Canada as well as in the States and many of the people
    so much smarter. Why do they hate Trump ? How come I do not understand this ?

    1. Henry, why MSM and politicians hate Trump? Trump is a rich businessman who has to deal with politicians n MSM to manage his business – paid a lot of money to buy favors, kickbacks and loyalty. So he knew how the games were played. When he decided to be in politics to run for President, he knew the dirty tricks and deals. But he cared for the US. This set the stage for a huge collision. To serve the American people, you set a thief to catch a thief. That’s why the MSM and the career politicians hate him. He broke rank with them to serve the American people. How many filthy rich people wanna sacrifice what they have to be hated everyday in a massive propaganda?

    2. Well the fact the news media hate him and the Democrats and the Republicans and Washington is why I love him we the people have no use for them and I for one am sick of the lies and cheaters.

  5. The media is no longer a professional journalism for objective facts, it is a political propaganda tool with scripts written by Socialists and Leftists that are employees of the paper from the janitor to the CEO all gravitate to the Media knowing full well what power they have in fooling the American people ( today that is easy because most Americans do not have the discernment, values and conduct as they did 40-50 years ago. Today they are hedonists and get their news like their food….. JUNK) This country is extremely corrupt and will not last if this corruption is allowed to continue

  6. It is best to keep quiet this day less your property gets destroyed. I have learned this living in an Democrat owned and run State. I personally do not walk in “parades” to have my voice heard. I just vote, it is the best way to have your voice count and heard loud and clear. Trump 2020. The man is awesome. 2 1/2 years under heavy fire of the media and he did not cave. He just goes on as a well oiled machine. The very first President that does not accept payment/salary for the job he is doing. Cleaning up the mess, the left handed to him from previous Presidents all the way up the line to the Clintons where it really started to get messy. Just watch and observe Muslimism slowly but surely taken over the house of Representatives and further up the ladder and the democrats themselves because of there faulty leadership are being pushed in a corner, if they fight back, they would be called racist. And once you be called this you will be blackballed for the rest of your live. The left uses this word as a nuclear weapon. And when this word appears on stage common sense flies out of the window. Another word that is often be used is “slavery”. You only have to look in the world of sports and you see that slavery as long as it has a dollar sign on it is not bad at all. Daily players are being sold, bought or put out to graze. The world where billionaires own millionaires. How screwy is that. This world has become a very strange place to live in. May God forgive us and keep blessing President Trump.

    1. I must point out that JFK did not take a salary as well as Trump. TRUMP 2020.

    1. they hate Trump because they fear he will expose the total corruption in Washington, and get something positive done in America, people like Obama, Klinton ,Piglosi and so on should truly be in prison for TREASON and then hung

  7. President Trump a great President andworking hard for our great country to keep it great. We the people appreciate and love what he is doing for our great country.

  8. There is no Democrat or liberal that can argue with Trump’s accomplishments and yet if you were to ask these socialist idiots to explain there discontent they can’t so they just keep coming out with Trump is a racist a liar, a creep, a crook, a traitor, for this is all they have is words with no proof of but yet they keep saying it over and over just to ease their discontent!!! The Democrats and liberals and media will never admit to Trump’s success and will never stand with him in making America great they would rather see this country fall than become the best it has ever been and their only reason is because it is run by Trump a man that they hate so very much!!! Their hate for our president by the Democrats, liberals, and media has blinded their reasoning and it is up too all of us patriots to stand with Trump in getting us back to being a lawful and constitutional government and it is going to take all of us United State citizens to get out and vote and rid us of all these socialist radical Democrats and liberals throughout the whole nation before it is to late and we become a banana republic with no rights or freedom and if you don’t believe that is what will happen then god help you when you lose this country and all your freedoms and liberty!!!!!

    1. There is no Democrat or liberal that can argue with Trump’s accomplishments and yet if you were to ask these socialist idiots to explain there discontent they can’t so they just keep coming out with Trump is a racist a liar, a creep, a crook, a traitor, for this is all they have is words with no proof of but yet they keep saying it over and over just to ease their discontent!!! The Democrats and liberals and media will never admit to Trump’s success and will never stand with him in making America great they would rather see this country fall than become the best it has ever been and their only reason is because it is run by Trump a man that they hate so very much!!! Their hate for our president by the Democrats, liberals, and media has blinded their reasoning and it is up too all of us patriots to stand with Trump in getting us back to being a lawful and constitutional government and it is going to take all of us United State citizens to get out and vote and rid us of all these socialist radical Democrats and liberals throughout the whole nation before it is to late and we become a banana republic with no rights or freedom and if you don’t believe that is what will happen then god help you when you lose this country and all your freedoms and liberty!!!!!

  9. Just one more example of why you just cannot believe the liberal fake news media which is nothing more than the propaganda arm of the democrat party.

  10. It’s very obvious that the Democrats and the media is very hostile toward President Trump. One of the ladies that does 60 minutes is very anti-Trump.

  11. I voted for Trump cause I knew he meant to do everything he said he was going to do. He has done so much for our country. He got rid of the Obama mandate that was making us pay a tax, or penalty if you want to call it that, for having no insurance. He’s lowered our taxes. He’s trying to get a wall built to protect our southern border. I live in Texas and I know how important that wall is. We’re sick and tired of those illegal immigrants crossing our border, along with terrorists and murderers. He’s the best US President we have had since Reagan. I and my family and friends all support him and will vote for him again.

  12. I wrote this some time ago but the point it makes is relative to the article here. It is from my forthcoming book entitled, Yep…I Wrote About That Again: Another Long Look Through the Eyes of a Soldier.

    Bracing for Greatness

    Beleaguered and beside themselves
    Because he is succeeding,
    Despite their hype and poisoned arrows
    That the keep on slinging.
    They’re warning what’s left of their
    Diminished, diminutive viewership
    That if Trump handles North Korea
    His presidency will be one of great stewardship
    And thus go down in world history
    Despite their dastardly best worst efforts
    As the American leadership mystery
    Who defiantly remained a powerful force,
    Upstaging his predecessor’s “experiment”
    With unparalleled prosperity and growth
    Evidenced by historically low unemployment
    For Hispanic and African Americans both!
    Sadly it’s so that the press can’t repress
    Their own spoiled-rotten, childish antics
    And just admit that they can’t out wit
    Trump with their sycophantic semantics.
    Just the same we all now see
    With daily, growing clarity,
    The blatant dishonesty on display
    Through their subjective disparity.
    Never mind their obliviously obvious
    Insidiously insipid gift for lateness
    Which now has them quivering, cowering
    And expectantly bracing for greatness.

    *https://www.dailywire.com/news/28036/trigger-warning-cnn-host-says-trump-may-go-down-james-barrett “Just an extraordinary evening, and, of course, opening the door to the big question: If President Trump can truly solve this problem, ah, that would be going down as a great president,” said Burnett, adding, “And there’s no way around that. That’s the reality here.”

    If you enjoyed this please get my first two books (available on Amazon) entitled, Yep… I Wrote About That: Through the Eyes of a Soldier and Yep… I Wrote About That Too: Once More Through the Eyes of a Soldier.

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