Only 3% Of NBC & CBS Reports Depicted Trump Positively

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A mere 3 percent of reports about President Donald Trump that aired on NBC and CBS nightly news were positive, according to analysis by the nonpartisan press research firm Media Tenor.

The report found 43 percent of stories on NBC and CBS about Trump were negative, while another 54 percent of reports were considered neutral.

The study also examined Fox News’ nightly coverage of Trump, which was still broadly negative but more neutral. Media Tenor deemed 12 percent of Fox’s stories positive and 25 percent negative, with the remaining 63 percent being seen as neutral.

The firm made their determination by watching 370 news stories about Trump on all three channels between January 20th and February 17th of this year.

A previous analysis by Media Tenor concluded Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received better press treatment than Trump, with 49 percent of reports about her being positive after she obtained enough delegates to clinch her party’s nomination.

Another study conducted by the conservative Media Research Center concluded that 91 percent of the election coverage of Trump on broadcast news channels was negative.

“The default narrative is always negative, and it’s demoralizing,” Sean Spicer, Trump’s White House press secretary, said in January when describing how media outlets cover the administration. “When we’re right, say we’re right. When we’re wrong, say we’re wrong.”

A majority of Americans seem to agree with Spicer.

Roughly 51 percent of Americans thought the press was too critical of the new president, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll published earlier this week. Only 41 percent thought that the press had been mostly fair and objective in their coverage of Trump.

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Andrew Follett
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I hold a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Science and Technology Policy from George Mason University, as well as a Bachelor of Science from the College of William & Mary, where I double-majored in Government and Geology and authored two theses. I have done research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Cato Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. I have also worked as an analyst providing research and analytical support for the Department of Energy, the Office of Petroleum Reserves, NOAA, and FEMA.

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