No President in the history of our nation has faced such withering criticism from the media as President Trump. Since the day he was elected to lead us, the President has faced a constant barrage of negativity, hypocrisy, scandal, and hatred. At times the situation has been almost unbearable, and today many Americans are simply exhausted at the constantly negative coverage the President receives.
According to several studies the media has also covered the President in an incredibly biased manner. 90%+ of the broadcast media’s reporting on Trump and his administration has been… NEGATIVE.
The new study of major broadcast coverage reveals that 90 percent of statements made by reporters and nonpartisan sources the last three months on ABC, NBC and CBS evening newscasts about Mr. Trump and his administration were negative…
“Even as the media whine about about Trump, their hostile coverage shows no let up. Our study of news in June, July and August found an identical rate of 91 percent negative coverage — which means TV news is unchanged in its hostility toward the president,” Mr. Noyes said.
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To put that into perspective they drew up this handy-dandy little chart:
Yes, President Obama’s coverage was only 20% negative and and more than 40% positive.
The reality is that from the very beginning the media has done its very best to undermine the Trump administration.
The media’s coverage of President Trump has been overwhelmingly negative, more than three times more critical than the initial coverage of former President Barack Obama and twice that of former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
The Pew Research Center said that the early coverage of Trump was 62 percent negative. By comparison, Obama’s coverage was just 20 percent negative.
Pew’s research found that the media is overwhelmingly anti-Trump and that they’ve treated him in a far more biased manner than they did any of his recent predecessors.
“About six-in-ten stories on Trump’s early days in office had a negative assessment, about three times more than in early coverage for Obama and roughly twice that of Bush and Clinton. Coverage of Trump’s early time in office moved further away from a focus on the policy agenda and more toward character and leadership,” Pew said.
Which makes the President latest round of approval numbers so satisfying. Even with the constant flow of hate and scandal (hello, Stormy Daniels), the President’s approval rating is actually the highest it’s been in almost a year… and it’s still rising!
President Donald Trump’s approval rating has rebounded to its highest level since the 100-day mark of his presidency, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, even as his approval ratings for handling major issues remain largely negative…
Trump’s approval ratings have seesawed over the last four CNN polls — from 35% in December up to 40% in January, down to 35% in February and back up to 42% now. Looking at intensity of approval, however, the share who strongly approve of Trump’s performance (28% in the new poll) and strongly disapprove (46%) have held relatively steady over a similar time frame, suggesting the fluctuation in Trump’s ratings comes largely among those whose views on the President aren’t that deeply held.
The President’s strongest approval ratings on the issues come on the economy, the only issue tested where his reviews tilt more positive than negative: 48% approve and 45% disapprove.
It’s not just CNN that has the President polling higher than he has since his election, the last dozen or so national polls have all shown him with climbing approval numbers. In fact, only one of the most recent dozen has him below 40%, while the highest has him at 46% approval!
The White House has noticed the President’s rising popularity and is working to take advantage of his improving numbers moving forward. Spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway recently appeared on Fox News with Lou Dobbs to talk about why the President approval numbers might be improving. Conway, of course, points to the media’s obviously biased coverage and their disconnect with the American people. Across the nation people are doing better now than they’ve done in over a decade, and yet the media coverage of the presidency is far more negative than anything ever experienced by Barack Obama. This kind of double-standard bothers people, and makes them wonder if the media is being dishonest in their coverage of the President.
All of this means that as the media coverage becomes more heated and unbelievable, the people are tuning out and deciding to judge the President based on their own personal experiences, instead of based on what the media has to say.
Here’s Conway on the why the American people don’t seem to care about the media coverage of Trump.
CONWAY: Every time that people aggressively predict something tragic will happen and occur from any action that President Trump takes, it never happens. He pulls out of the Paris Accord, you can’t do that. We’ll all die the next day from global warming, nothing happened.
You can’t keep the commitment of five presidents and actually move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and recognize it as capital of Israel, bad things will happen, it doesn’t happen. And then we’re told, you’re going to start a trade war with China if you do this, it doesn’t happen. In fact, the stock market springs back today because the predicted trade war simply doesn’t happen…
Let me just point out, something important here. Congress’ approval rating mired at just about 10 percent, I think. It’s in the low small digit. You see the president’s approval rating actually going up, even though all the narratives about chaos and turmoil, all this nonsense coming from the mainstream media, that those of us who work here don’t experience.
We see a president very focused on making good on the agenda that he promised and he’s making good on that.
A last note, it’s not just the President whose numbers are improving, the GOP seems to be clawing their way back into the national election discussion, and just in time too.
As of today, the Democrats hold a 5.8% lead on the “Generic Congressional Ballot” for the 2018 midterm races. While it’s always better to be in the lead in these polls, the reality is that a 5.8% Democrat lead doesn’t actually mean much of anything. Think about the 2016 presidential race, where Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a full 2 points (or 2%). Without California, Clinton would have lost the popular vote by a little more than 1%. So California, all by itself, accounts for a 3% swing in the direction of the Democrat Party, this doesn’t bode will for Democrat candidates running across the vast RED sections of middle America, particularly since the vast majority of the seats up for grabs in 2018 are already held by Democrats.
For example, there are 35 Senate seats in play in 2018, but 26 of them are currently held by Democrats. 4 of those Democrat seats are rated as “toss-ups,” while only 2 of the GOP-held seats are really in contention. In fact, by election day it’s more likely than not that 8 of the Democrat-held seats will be toss ups and that the GOP could actually end up with more seats in the Senate than they currently hold!
In the House the picture is more muddled, due simply to the size and nature of congressional districts, but it’s far more likely than not that the GOP will hold its strong majority in the House as well.
As prognosticators continue to imagine a coming Blue Wave in 2018, the ongoing poll data makes it very hard to see where Democrats will find enough votes to win the victories they need to make a wave happen.