If there is one thing that we’ve learned about this race for president — and it’s something even most on the left are coming to believe — it is that GOP nominee Donald Trump is “absolutely right” to say that the media is 100% against him.
A recent study by the Media Research Center proved this conclusively, but Washington Free Beacon reporter Elizabeth Harrington appeared on Fox News and laid it out perfectly.
I think he has an incredible point to make. Everyone knows the media is biased, and what we’ve seen with these hacked emails released by WikiLeaks, it just reinforces the fact that we know that the media is willing to work with the Hilary campaign, to give her positive coverage, and you just see it when you tune into the other networks. We have huge bombshell stories about Hillary Clinton, her husband enriching himself through the Clinton Foundation, the FBI investigation … those get no coverage in the nightly news.
The MRC study proves Harrington’s contention by laying out the media’s bias point by point.
The MRC discovered that Donald Trump has received many times more negative stories than Hillary Clinton despite the stacks of emails that clearly prove her corruption. The MRC found the following that broadcast network coverage of Hillary and Trump has been significantly more negative for Trump than for Hillary.
For instance, the MRC found that Trump received 440 minutes of negative coverage since the July party conventions whereas Hillary only received 185 minutes of negative coverage. Trump’s problems with women received 201 minutes of news air time which was more than the time spent on all of Hillary’s corruption. Hillary’s email scandals received a short 53 minutes of air time and her pay-to-play corruption scandals with her so-called charity received only 40 minutes of mentions.
In addition the study revealed that Hillary got about 145 negative comments during the network broadcasts while Trump was saddled with a whopping 623 attacks.
MRC also saw that the media gave Hillary the benefit of the doubt in the reporting of “horse race” results, too.
As for those “horse race” assessments that we excluded from our “good press/bad press” measure, those were decidedly anti-Trump as well. Out of 569 such statements about the health or prospects of Trump’s campaign, 85% (486) were negative, vs. 15% (83) that were positive. For Clinton, the spin was reversed: out of 432 assessments of her status in the race, 62% (268) were positive, vs. just 38% (164) that were negative.
In the end, 440 minutes (or 56%) of Trump’s coverage focused on his purported controversies while only 185 minutes (or 38% of coverage) focused on Hillary’s scandals.
The MRC study found many other things but they all added up to major media bias against Trump.
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