Overwhelmingly negative, and no longer trusted.
- President Trump dominated media coverage in the outlets and programs analyzed, with Trump being the topic of 41 percent of all news stories—three times the amount of coverage received by previous presidents. He was also the featured speaker in nearly two-thirds of his coverage.
- Republican voices accounted for 80 percent of what newsmakers said about the Trump presidency, compared to only 6 percent for Democrats and 3 percent for those involved in anti-Trump protests.
- European reporters were more likely than American journalists to directly question Trump’s fitness for office.
- Trump has received unsparing coverage for most weeks of his presidency, without a single major topic where Trump’s coverage, on balance, was more positive than negative, setting a new standard for unfavorable press coverage of a president.
- Fox was the only news outlet in the study that came close to giving Trump positive coverage overall, however, there was variation in the tone of Fox’s coverage depending on the topic.
Note that even Fox News has covered Trump unfavorably for a slim majority of their stories.
The problem is, the negative news has been non-stop since the very beginning, and for those who support Trump, has created a sort of “meta-story” that the press is no longer unbiased or worthy of any respect.
And that creates a problem: the boy who cried wolf cried wolf too many times. Ever since Watergate, press reporters have wanted to recreate that feeling that a powerful Press, as protectors of the public, can even take down a President. And now they think they have their moment to shine.
But no-one is listening.