Friday, December 9, 2016

Study: 77% of Trump Press Coverage Negative

Negative media coverage of Donald Trump was 77 percent during the general election, according to a study released Wednesday by the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.
Trump complained during the campaign that the media was biased against him in favor of Democrat Hillary Clinton. The study found that while Clinton also received more negative coverage than positive, it was only 64 percent negative in the general election.
When it came to questions of the candidates' fitness for office, Clinton and Trump each had equally high negative numbers: 87 percent.
"Were the allegations surrounding Clinton of the same order of magnitude as those surrounding Trump?" the study's author, Thomas Patterson, a Bradlee professor of Government and the Press at the Harvard Kennedy School, wrote. "It's a question that political reporters made no serious effort to answer during the 2016 campaign."
Still, The Washington Post announced in early May it was assigning 20 reporters specifically to look into Trump's past. The Post's Bob Woodward said at the time it also was working to get to the "essence" of Clinton, but did not say whether the paper had assigned 20 reporters to her case. 

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