The Media’s Broadcast Brutality Against Trump


Liberals are beginning to swagger around as if the 2020 election is already over. Eugene Robinson at The Washington Post exclaimed that President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is “beginning to look like the Titanic.” Joe Biden should be preparing his inauguration remarks.

One reason for this arrogance is the absolutely punishing media coverage of Trump. The coronavirus pandemic did what some might have thought was impossible: made Trump coverage even more negative. Rich Noyes of the Media Research Center found that from March 4 (when Joe Biden had basically wrapped up the Democratic nomination) through May 31, Trump coverage on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts was 94% negative. In May, it was 99.5% negative, an all-time low.

There were 474 evaluative comments about President Trump during this period, and 445 were negative. By contrast, there were only 85 evaluations of Biden, and 51 were negative (61%). They were nine times more negative about Trump.

This sounds a lot like the warp and woof of the 2016 campaign coverage, during which Trump drew the lion’s share of media attention and it was overwhelmingly negative, while Hillary Clinton seemed like an afterthought. Even in the last three months of the campaign, Trump was evaluated four times as much as Clinton.

The Democrats thought that made her a shoo-in. It didn’t turn out that way.

 

Here's the problem for them. Anyone who has spent time with these networks knows they have a throbbing, swelling urge to destroy Trump politically. They can't possibly be considered "referees" of presidential campaigns. One reason they've been so angry about the fate of "democracy" is they can't stand it when voters ignore their incessant advice.

Jonah Goldberg recently wrote a column in which he argued Trump must think his voters are idiots since he proclaims he is running against the media instead of Biden. Obviously, the media aren't on the ballot. But Biden's attacks on the president cannot possibly match the media's 24/7 aggression and firepower. They are not some irrelevant bystanders, especially now that Biden is campaigning from a cold computer screen.

Their protective coverage of Lovable Grandpa Joe is just as transparent. Noyes reported that ABC, CBS and NBC could barely muster three minutes of airtime on how Biden told black voters, "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black." NBC gave it a few seconds. ABC and CBS both rushed to "balance" the story with negative Trump news. CBS showed Biden was leading among black voters, 90% to 3%.

When it broke that Biden, in his last days as vice president, joined a list of other Obama officials requesting the "unmasking" of an American who turned out to be incoming Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn -- which led to a smear about the former Army major general being a Russian pawn -- the story drew merely 62 seconds of coverage: 55 seconds on ABC, 7 seconds on CBS and none on NBC. Voters who rely on these cynics for "news" wouldn't even understand the Big Picture: that Team Obama improperly spied on the Trump campaign and was still trying to ruin Trump's presidency during the transition.

Biden's TV interviews are littered with please-trash-Trump questions, such as this beaut from MSNBC's Brian Williams: "What is President Trump's level of culpability -- what's his level of responsibility, say, toward the illness and fatalities we're witnessing every few minutes these days?"

This sums up the tone of the latest evening news: How many Americans has Trump killed? They hope their nightly onslaughts demoralize Trump voters and energize Biden backers. But to many Americans, this is not journalism. It's badly disguised campaign advertising.

Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org.

When you sign up to comment you'll also receive our regular newsletter. You can find more about how we use your information here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

23 thoughts on “The Media’s Broadcast Brutality Against Trump”

  1. They only want old mentally unstable biden in as potus to get they control over him and have him to their bidding, and they are soros,obama,clinton, and the nwo and dnc-communist party. He will be the DUMMY talking what they tell him to say, and he will not be potus for long, there will some hitch in bidens get-a-long and the who ever he picks for vp will be the potus, but he has not pick that person as of yet, and this stalling is telling me he is not even going to run for potus, he is hold a place in line for another traitor to the USA, only time will tell.

  2. We know the media is owned by billianaire democrates, so they are doing everything they can to trash Trump and America as most of us know and love it!
    We never watch the news except local and fox!

  3. It is very disturbing to see most of these activists, so called journalists, taking a paycheck from these treasonous media outlets reporting lies and throwing their own country under the bus. President Trump and his agenda is the only thing keeping America from socialism! TRUMP-PENCE 2020🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  4. Someone told me, “if the news media would disappear, 90 % of our problems would disappear with them,” how true, how true
    They write about anything that will sell “newspapers”. true or not..!

  5. Boy is it time for “TERM LIMITES FOR THE SENATE & CONGRESS” the do nothing congress.

    Check your local Condo Association there all tern out after two terms.

  6. The legacy networks have been infiltrated by the CIA since the mid-Fifties. See Operation Mockingbird. Working with Mafia allies, CIA elements murdered JFK in 1963 at the behest of LBJ. The LBJ-led White House, CIA, and the FBI, led by LBJ’s friend J. Edgar Hoover, covered up the evidence of conspiracy, with the help of the CIA’s media assets. The FBI and CIA became the final repositories of executive power—the Deep State—operating much like Iran’s Council of Guardians, selecting, grooming and vetting candidates, assassinating witnesses and political rivals, and manipulating public opinion through slanted media and false flag operations.

    Trump is the first overtly anti-DS president since Kennedy. The DS was so desperate to prevent his election in 2016 that it dispensed with all pretense at nonpartisanship and threw in its lot with the Democratic Party, even working with it to try to overthrow the Trump presidency. This is treason that must be extirpated root and branch.

    1. They hung traitors during and after the Revolution…if I had my way, ALL OF THESE PEOPLE WOULD BE JAILED, and their trials would be something akin to those held in Salem, MA. so long ago. I have no regard for ANY of them! The old TASS in the USSR had NOTHING on the so-called press in this country! The press here are ALL BOLD-FACED LIARS AND HYPOCRITES and their continuing support of broadcasting or printing their filthy lies in regards to the President, as well as their unwavering cowardice in the face of domestic terrorism and devaluation of our law enforcement and our military disgusts me! I wouldn’t give any of them air if they were trapped in a jug!

  7. I believe TRUMP news only when I see him say it. The more they Hammer TRUMP the better he looks. He cannot be Bought. TRUMP is America!

  8. President Trump has taken a beating from the press it is everyday most people could never take that much abuse.
    It is only thru God’s grace that he has been able to put take all this abuse and also his family. I never thought in my life time that I would see such horrible abuse. They don’t give the news they give their opinion but most people think what they say is true, which is the sad part. They just want to see him out of office and they don’t care how many
    lies they have to tell to do it. I am concerned for his life, people that do the things they have done to him his family and his cabinet members will do anything. I was brought up to believe the news, today you don’t know what to believe. I am very concerned that if he doesn’t get re-elected our nation as we know it will be gone. We now have freedom if he doesn’t get elected we will become a socialist or communist nation. I pray that we never have to experience that. Everyone needs to watch Fox News.

  9. These news people are just Antifa in disguise. We have to treat them just like the thugs they are. We need to begin breaking their windows, burning their houses, and executing their dogs. Call me Navigator

  10. Media is really not fair to Trump. It’s a given thing. Americans are not stupid not to observe this. Media is part of the Dems Party and plays a huge part to take down Trump at any cost, 24/7.

  11. The liberal dem bloodsucking parasitical media is walking a field with a lot of holes and many rattlesnakes, when this erupts they will be so surprised.

  12. I agree….funny but “a witch hunt” is a very applicable description of the underhanded BS that the media and the dishonest Demo’s have heaped upon Trump….fortunately, he isn’t frightened by all the theatre….