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Harvard scholarly paper analysing media reporting on Trump's 100 days in office confirms major outlets disconnect from reality


Click here to go to the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media's analysis of reporting on President Trump's first 100 days in office.

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For me the data behind this chart tell the story of entitled, partisan media disconnected from the communities they purport to serve and captured by their self-interest and perceived infallibility.

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It's rare to find any person who is 93% good or 93% bad over a range of topics.

It's rarer still for an informed electorate to vote for a 93% bad leader.

But none of that's penetrated the heads of media organisations who are so demonstrably out of touch - as these data show.
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Here's a little of Harvard's post on the report.

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office.

The report is based on an analysis of news reports in the print editions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, the main newscasts of CBS, CNN, Fox News, and NBC, and three European news outlets (The UK’s Financial Times and BBC, and Germany’s ARD).

Findings include:

  • President Trump dominated media coverage in the outlets and programs analyzed, with Trump being the topic of 41 percent of all news stories—three times the amount of coverage received by previous presidents. He was also the featured speaker in nearly two-thirds of his coverage.
  • Republican voices accounted for 80 percent of what newsmakers said about the Trump presidency, compared to only 6 percent for Democrats and 3 percent for those involved in anti-Trump protests.
  • European reporters were more likely than American journalists to directly question Trump’s fitness for office.
  • Trump has received unsparing coverage for most weeks of his presidency, without a single major topic where Trump’s coverage, on balance, was more positive than negative, setting a new standard for unfavorable press coverage of a president.
  • Fox was the only news outlet in the study that came close to giving Trump positive coverage overall, however, there was variation in the tone of Fox’s coverage depending on the topic.


Love to see a similar exercise for their ABC.