Well, not seeing too many stories in the mainstream press about this.
The highly respected Pew Research Center, which hardly has a conservative axe to grind, has found that the press is running three times as many negative stories about President Trump than it did Obama during the same period of his presidency and a little more than twice as many as it did George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
And that’s despite Clinton’s Whitewater mess and other actual scandals, compared to as-yet still imaginary scandal involving supposed Trump-Russia collusion.
Now, I know you, my readers, are not surprised. But it’s nice to have some documentation.
According to Pew:
Compared with the first 60 days of the Clinton, Bush and Obama presidencies, news outlets’ evaluations of Trump’s start in office were far more negative and less positive. About six-in-ten news stories about Trump’s first 60 days (62%) carried an overall negative assessment of his words or actions. That is about three times more negative than for Obama (20%) and roughly twice that of Bush and Clinton (28% each).
Coverage was also far less positive, with just 5% of stories conveying an overall positive assessment of the president and the administration. This is in sharp contrast to Obama’s first days in 2009, when 42% of the stories offered an overall positive assessment. While the difference is less pronounced, coverage of Bush’s and Clinton’s early days was still at least four times as positive as Trump’s (22% and 27%, respectively).
Both Clinton and Bush received more balanced shares of positive and negative coverage (between 22% and 28%), while 44% and 49% of stories respectively had neither a positive nor negative overall assessment.
Think of that. Only one in twenty stories about Trump have been positive. Imagine if Fox News didn’t exist.
The press continues to pile on Trump for his unorthodox and controversial stands, forever surprised that Trump is Trump. And forever contemptuous of the notion that the American people elected Trump and knew what they were doing. The negative coverage is nothing less than an endless lecture to voters about how stupid they are. Trump has been the way he was since day one of the campaign. Americans decided that when it comes to Trump, there was enough upside to accept the downside.
The press might want to start respecting that or at least stop being surprised that it gets attacked and is perceived as entirely divorced from the outlook of actual Americans. And at the very least, it ought to make some attempt, completely abandoned in the last five to ten years, of hiding its liberal bias and trying to just report the news.