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Harvard Study: Media Coverage of Trump’s First 100 Days Overwhelmingly Negative

A new report [1] from the Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard confirms what many conservatives have known for months—that news coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office has been overwhelmingly negative.

The report analyzed 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, as well as the Financial Times, BBC, and Germany’s ARD in Europe.

Findings include:

According to the report, the tone of news coverage was almost twice as negative for Trump (80%) as it was for Obama (41%), and well above those recorded by Presidents G.W. Bush (57%) and Bill Clinton (60%). The negative tone of stories on Trump never fell below 70% and rose as high as 90% during his first 100 days in office.

As for the individual U.S. news outlets studied in the report, CNN and NBC led the pack with 93 percent negative coverage followed closely by CBS (91%), The New York Times (87%), The Washington Post (83%), The Wall Street Journal (70%) and Fox News (52%)—which should debunk the liberal notion that Fox is in the tank for Trump.

Fox News coverage of immigration, health care, Russia and the election, and personnel was negative, while their coverage of the economy, fitness for office, international trade and terrorism was positive. This was in stark contrast to the other outlets studied, which were negative on every topic.

The study also dinged journalists for being out of touch with the rest of America:

“Journalists would also do well to spend less time in Washington and more time in places where policy intersects with people’s lives. If they had done so during the presidential campaign, they would not have missed the story that keyed Trump’s victory—the fading of the American Dream for millions of ordinary people.”

Since the 100 day mark, the liberal media have become even more negative towards Trump, with no let-up in sight.