Despite the high levels of individual support for many of President Donald Trump’s policies, both proposed and enacted, he’s been taking a beating when it comes to his presidential approval rating. By mid-February, before the man even had time to spend a full month in office, his approval ratings fell to lows (sub 40 perent approval) that Obama didn’t see until August-October of 2011.
Did it take a month for the American public to deem Trump the worst president since Barack Obama? Perhaps – though it should be noted that Rasmusen’s polling is putting Trump’s approval at 50 percent, which is seven-percentage points higher than Gallup’s finding. Most important of all to note however, it that Trump faces an adversary Obama had as a friend: the mainstream media.
A new study from the Media Research Center tracked coverage of Trump – and the results are shocking (but probably won’t surprise you).
As NewsBusters reported, the mainstream media has given the president a “honeymoon from hell” his first 100 days in office.
As President Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he has received by far the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American president, with the broadcast networks punishing him with coverage that has been 89% negative. The networks largely ignored important national priorities such as jobs and the fight against ISIS, in favor of a news agenda that has been dominated by anti-Trump controversies and which closely matches what would be expected from an opposition party.
For example, President Trump’s push to invigorate the economy and bring back American jobs received a mere 18 minutes of coverage (less than one percent of all airtime devoted to the administration), while his moves to renegotiate various international trade deals resulted in less than 10 minutes of TV news airtime.You can see the most covered issues – and how negatively they covered them – below.
Eight years ago, the networks’ treatment of President Obama’s first 100 days was very different. Back then, the networks delivered most of their coverage to Obama’s key policy priorities, topped by the nearly $1 trillion “stimulus” package (150 stories, or 15 percent of the total). The network spin for that legislation: 58 percent positive, vs. 42 percent negative.
As MRC analysts calculated at the time, the networks also doled mostly positive coverage for Obama’s intervention in the housing market (59 percent positive), his decision to use taxpayer money to fund embryo-destroying stem cell research (82 percent positive), as well as his push for more government action on global warming (78 percent positive).
Given how high Trump’s approval ratings are relative to the massive amount of negative coverage he faces, it should at least signal to the media that most people aren’t buying what they’re selling.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]