It’s no surprise that the mainstream media cares less about honest reporting than it does about using its resources to help Democrats.
What is astonishing is the extent of the disparity between unfavorable coverage of the left and right.
Media Research Center analyzed the attention being given to Alabama GOP Senate Candidate Judge Roy Moore’s sexual misconduct allegations as compared to the media’s coverage of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who is on trial for corruption charges.
The results of the study were astonishing. On the three major networks (ABC, CBS, and NCB), Moore has received 40 times more coverage than Menendez, Washington Times reports.
New numbers from @themrc @newsbusters: In less than a week, ABC/CBS/NBC have churned out more than 2 hrs of coverage of GOP candidate's scandal; in 2+ months, barely 2 minutes on Dem Senator's corruption trial pic.twitter.com/odKeNLhHV1
— Rich Noyes (@RichNoyes) November 15, 2017
MRC Research Director Rich Noyes writes:
“From the evening of November 9 through the morning of November 13, the ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening newscasts have generated 79 minutes, 42 seconds of coverage of the Moore case.”
He then explains that since the Menendez trial began on September 5, ABC and CBS have produced only two minutes of combined coverage on the topic. NBC has given none.
Noyes finds this alarming–particularly because the Moore situation presently consists only of accusations, while Sen. Menendez is actually on trial.
“The media’s reaction to Moore makes their double standard on scandals all the more glaring,” Noyles observed. Since early September, a sitting United States Senator has been on trial for corruption involving the abuse of his office — and the media have essentially buried the story.
“Add it all up, and the Moore scandal has already consumed nearly 40 times more airtime on the networks than a Democrat’s corruption trial — even though the Menendez case is based on an actual federal prosecution, as opposed to a story in The Washington Post.”
The MRC finally concludes “A Democrat’s corruption scandal is kept under wraps, while a Republican’s alleged transgressions are given saturation coverage.”
Several Republicans lawmakers, including Ted Cruz (R-TX), John McCain (R-AZ), Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), have urged Moore to step out of the race based on the allegations–which have not been verified.
Despite the opposition from both sides of the aisle, Moore continues to lead the race by six points. The election will be held next month.