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Pew: Trump Coverage Far More Negative Than Past Presidents

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By    |   Monday, 02 Oct 2017 06:55 PM

News coverage of President Donald Trump's first 100 days was almost two-thirds negative, far more than presidents in recent history, according to a new study.

The Pew Research Center looked at media reports about the Trump presidency in the first three months of the administration and concluded:

  • 62 percent of the stories had a negative assessment, with just 5 percent having a positive assessment.
  • 20 percent of the stories in President Barack Obama's first three months were negative.
  • 28 percent of the stories in President George W. Bush's first three months were negative.
  • 28 percent of the stories in President Bill Clinton's first three months were negative.
  • 56 percent of stories about the Trump administration appearing in media outlets with a left-leaning audience were negative, compared to 14 percent in media outlets with a right-leaning audience.
  • 66 percent of all news stories regarding the Trump administration were about these five topics:
    • Political skills (17 percent).
    • Immigration (14 percent).
    • Appointments/nominations (13 percent).
    • U.S.-Russia relations (13 percent).
    • and healthcare (9 percent).

Other studies have come up with similar results, including a Media Research Center study that concluded the three major broadcast networks' coverage of the Trump administration was 89 percent negative.

Another study found the coverage of the Trump White House was 91 percent negative over the summer on nightly news broadcasts.

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