Harvard Media Study: Living in the Age of Extremes
Academics at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy analyzed coverage from Trump’s first 100 days in office across 10 major TV and print outlets.
Their findings illustrate the steady propaganda efforts to delegitimize the president.
The tone of some outlets was negative in as many as 98% of reports, significantly more hostile than the first 100 days of the three previous administrations:
There was one exception: the president received positive coverage for the cruise missile attack on Syria.
When the academics compared Trump with other administrations the differences were stark.
The study found President Barack Obama’s first 100 days got a positive write-up 59% of the time. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush got negative coverage, although to a much lesser extent than Trump.
Clinton’s first 100 days got 40% positivity, while Bush’s got 43%: