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.
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.
The 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.