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.