A study released by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy showed that press coverage during the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency was overwhelmingly negative.
According to Harvard Professor Thomas Patterson, the coverage was “negative even by today’s standards of today’s hypercritical press.”
The Washington Times noted that the report said the unbalanced reporting “has changed few minds about the President.” However, a significant number of people feel the press is “out to get the President,” which threatens the media.
The nation’s watchdog has lost much of its bite and won’t regain it until the public perceives it as an impartial broker, applying the same reporting standards to both parties.
— Thomas Patterson
Not surprisingly, CNN and NBC led the pack of negative news with each having 93% of their stories classified as negative in the Harvard study.
Of the past four presidents, only Barack Obama received favorable coverage during his first 100 days, after which the press reverted to form,” said Mr. Patterson. “During his second 100 days, Obama’s coverage was 57 percent negative to 43 percent positive.