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Here are two impor­tant pieces of infor­ma­tion you won’t see in many media reports:

–Pres­i­dents Trump and Obama have the same approval rat­ings after one year in office.
–The per­cent­age of neg­a­tive sto­ries about Trump is sig­nif­i­cantly higher than Clin­ton, Bush, and Obama.

Ras­mussen Reports found that 46 per­cent of those polled give Trump a favor­able rat­ing, while 53 per­cent give him unfa­vor­able marks. That is exactly what Ras­mussen found after Obama’s first year in office. Also, Trump’s marks are bet­ter than he’s seen since last June when he had the same rating.

Maybe the tax bill and Trump’s other accom­plish­ments are play­ing a lot bet­ter than what you see in the media.

The Pew Research Cen­ter con­firmed what may be obvi­ous to many Trump sup­port­ers but has eluded oth­ers: The cov­er­age of the admin­is­tra­tion has been vir­u­lently anti-​Trump when com­pared with the past three presidents.

…[C]overage of Trump’s early days in office moved fur­ther away from a focus on the pol­icy agenda (31% of sto­ries, com­pared with 50% for Obama, 65% for Bush, and 58% for Clin­ton) and toward char­ac­ter and lead­er­ship. And the eval­u­a­tions of Pres­i­dent Trump were far more neg­a­tive and less pos­i­tive than those of his pre­de­ces­sors,” the report said.

Screen Shot 2017-12-29 at 7.23.28 AMThe study exam­ined how the news media cov­ered the first 100 days of Pres­i­dent Trump and his admin­is­tra­tion from Jan. 21 through April 30, 2017. Researchers coded sto­ries from the 24 news out­lets – with con­tent pulled from more than 40 spe­cific pro­grams or websites.

Dur­ing the first days of each of the past four pres­i­den­cies, the sur­vey found this breakdown:

–Clin­ton: 27% pos­i­tive sto­ries, 28% neg­a­tive sto­ries, and 44% neu­tral
–Bush: 22% pos­i­tive sto­ries, 28% neg­a­tive sto­ries, and 49% neu­tral
–Obama: 42% pos­i­tive sto­ries, 28% neg­a­tive sto­ries, and 30% neu­tral
–Trump: 5% pos­i­tive sto­ries, 63% neg­a­tive sto­ries, and 33% neutral

Put another way, Clin­ton and Bush had roughly the same ratio of pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive sto­ries. Obama had a sig­nif­i­cantly higher ratio of pos­i­tive sto­ries.
Trump had 12 times as many neg­a­tive sto­ries as pos­i­tive ones. As a result, he also had sig­nif­i­cantly fewer neu­tral stories.

The analy­sis also found two inter­est­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics — nine of 10 Amer­i­cans sur­veyed got their news from dig­i­tal sources as opposed to about one in 10 dur­ing Clinton’s first term. Also, dig­i­tal out­lets tend to have a far more lib­eral audi­ence than other news orga­ni­za­tions. As a result, these sources also tend to tilt toward their audi­ence. Yes, Buz­zFeed, Vice, Vox, and oth­ers do tilt leftward.

Here’s the key take­away: These analy­ses under­line why many peo­ple don’t trust the media anymore.

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Here are two important pieces of information you won’t see in many media reports:

–Presidents Trump and Obama have the same approval ratings after one year in office.
–The percentage of negative stories about Trump is significantly higher than Clinton, Bush, and Obama.

Rasmussen Reports found that 46 percent of those polled give Trump a favorable rating, while 53 percent give him unfavorable marks. That is exactly what Rasmussen found after Obama’s first year in office. Also, Trump’s marks are better than he’s seen since last June when he had the same rating.

Maybe the tax bill and Trump’s other accomplishments are playing a lot better than what you see in the media.

The Pew Research Center confirmed what may be obvious to many Trump supporters but has eluded others: The coverage of the administration has been virulently anti-Trump when compared with the past three presidents.

“…[C]overage of Trump’s early days in office moved further away from a focus on the policy agenda (31% of stories, compared with 50% for Obama, 65% for Bush, and 58% for Clinton) and toward character and leadership. And the evaluations of President Trump were far more negative and less positive than those of his predecessors,” the report said.

Screen Shot 2017-12-29 at 7.23.28 AMThe study examined how the news media covered the first 100 days of President Trump and his administration from Jan. 21 through April 30, 2017. Researchers coded stories from the 24 news outlets – with content pulled from more than 40 specific programs or websites.

During the first days of each of the past four presidencies, the survey found this breakdown:

–Clinton: 27% positive stories, 28% negative stories, and 44% neutral
–Bush: 22% positive stories, 28% negative stories, and 49% neutral
–Obama: 42% positive stories, 28% negative stories, and 30% neutral
–Trump: 5% positive stories, 63% negative stories, and 33% neutral

Put another way, Clinton and Bush had roughly the same ratio of positive and negative stories. Obama had a significantly higher ratio of positive stories.
Trump had 12 times as many negative stories as positive ones. As a result, he also had significantly fewer neutral stories.

The analysis also found two interesting characteristics—nine of 10 Americans surveyed got their news from digital sources as opposed to about one in 10 during Clinton’s first term. Also, digital outlets tend to have a far more liberal audience than other news organizations. As a result, these sources also tend to tilt toward their audience. Yes, BuzzFeed, Vice, Vox, and others do tilt leftward.

Here’s the key takeaway: These analyses underline why many people don’t trust the media anymore.

Covering President Trump in a Polarized Media Environment