Monday, May 22, 2017

Speaking of Selective Observation - R/W Coverage of that Harvard Study

Donald Trump
Poor Donald Trump! At least that's the narrative from the right regarding a study out of Harvard University titled “News Coverage of Donald Trump’s First 100 Days.” Steve Jordahl, with the hate group American Family Association writes: When even Harvard notices your left-wing slant... .

According to Spencer Irvine at Accuracy in Media:
A new report from the Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard confirms what many conservatives have known for months—that news coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office has been overwhelmingly negative.
Neither of those gentlemen provide a link to the study and for good reasons. In point of fact the negative coverage (and with the exception of Fox it has been negative) says more about Trump than the media. The folks at Harvard put it this way:
Have the mainstream media covered Trump in a fair and balanced way? That question cannot be answered definitively in the absence of an agreed-upon version of “reality” against which to compare Trump’s coverage. Any such assessment would also have to weigh the news media’s preference for the negative, a tendency in place long before Trump became president. Given that tendency, the fact that Trump has received more negative coverage than his predecessor is hardly surprising. The early days of his presidency have been marked by far more missteps and miss-hits, often self-inflicted, than any presidency in memory, perhaps ever.

Therefore, Mr. Jordahl, the slant is not to the left. The simple fact is that your guy is arguably the least qualified occupant of the Oval Office ever. And Mr. Irvine, the same goes for you. The fact that the coverage is overwhelmingly  negative only confirms that Trump's misadventures dominated the first months of his presidency and it's likely to get worse. Much worse.

During the primaries Trump actually got very positive coverage racking up considerable free air time — far more than Clinton. When he garnered the nomination he came under more scrutiny. Trump doesn't like scrutiny due to his profoundly fragile ego. Add to that the fact that Trump is not only a pathological liar but a liar who always gets caught. Trump has received the coverage that he deserves. The media did not invent the bankruptcies, Trump University, the litigiousness or the horrible judgment. Nor did they invent Trump's disdain for Muslims and Mexicans.

Is Trump really as bigoted as he appeared or was he just cynically playing his supporters? Does it really matter. Either way it is going to get the media's attention.

Once he was sworn in, Trump tried to create positive coverage — not by doing anything positive — but by trying to punish reporters who did not write that Trump is the greatest, wisest, kindest, most innovative, classiest and handsomest man alive today. Trump overtly tried to shut out the Washington Post and the New York Times which produced more negative coverage. The study demonstrates that Trump received overwhelmingly positive coverage of the cruise missile attack on Syria. Therefore, he is responsible for the type of coverage that he gets.

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