Data reveals seismic spikes in media FOIA requests to the EPA after Trump took office

Immediately after President Trump took office, FOIA requests to the EPA jumped significantly. Freedom of Information Act requests have continued to climb with totals still rising to levels five times or more the numbers seen near the end of the previous administration.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – APRIL 22, 2018: A flag with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) logo flies at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

In a recent analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data by Brent Scher of the Washington Free Beacon, it is clear that left-leaning media outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, and Politico are vigorously hunting for scoops that might put the Trump administration in an adverse light.

A prime example of the drastic change can be seen with the New York Times. During the second term of the Obama administration, the NYT submitted a total of 13 FOIA requests. In the first two years since the Trump inauguration, they have made 100 requests … an increase of 669%.

The Washington Post filed a single FOIA request during the four years of the second Obama term. In Trump’s first two years, they have made 43 requests.

Similar FOIA spikes were found from other mainstream media …

  • ABC News:  Obama, 4 requests … Trump, 32
  • CNN:  Obama, 25 requests … Trump, 47
  • Politico:  Obama, 15 requests … Trump, 198
  • The Hill:  Obama, 20 requests … Trump, 67

Many other media companies’ EPA FOIA requests were also analyzed in the government data, to include the Associated Press, Bloomberg, CBS News, Daily Beast, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, NBC News, MSNBC, Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal. Scher wrote: “Among them, only Bloomberg sent a consistent amount of FOIA requests in the final years of the Obama administration, when the EPA released major proposals such as the Clean Power Plan and its new Waters of the United States rule.”

Image screenshot. Free Beacon.

Such data is undeniable proof that major media outlets are all in on finding controversies that will bog down the new administration.

A common refrain from the president is that the media is biased and unfair in its coverage compared to previous Chief Executives. Veteran mainstream journalists such as Ted Koppel and Lara Logan have confirmed the strong bias and efforts to bring down the presidency of Trump.

Said Koppel:  “I’m terribly concerned that when you talk about the New York Times these days, when you talk about the Washington Post these days, we’re not talking about the New York Times of 50 years ago. We are not talking about the Washington Post of 50 years ago. We’re talking about organizations that I believe have, in fact, decided as organizations that Donald J. Trump is bad for the United States.”

Logan revealed, “In this country, 85 percent of journalists are registered Democrats. So that’s just a fact.  Most journalists are left or liberal or Democrat, or whatever word you want to give it.

“All the coverage on Trump all the time is negative. That tells you that distortion of the way things go in real life. Because although the media has always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense or at least the effort to be objective today.”

“The former executive editor of The New York Times has a book coming out,” Logan continued. “Jill Abramson says they would do dozens of stories about Trump every single day, and every single one of them was negative. She said, ‘We have become the anti-Trump paper of record.’

“Well, that’s not our job. That’s a political position. That means we’ve become political activists in a sense, and some could argue propagandists.”



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