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Trump Regularly Claims Extreme Media Persecution - Now, A Harvard Study Might Back That Up

President Donald Trump has made no secret of the fact that he feels the media is unfairly slanted against him, and that’s become a rallying cry of sorts for his supporters as well. Critics and detractors scoff at that notion and view the coverage as perfectly suitable. As the Independent Journal Review shares, a new study from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy gives plenty of weight to Trump’s argument, and it also reveals that the other camp doesn’t have a leg to stand on when they attempt to dismiss his claims as unfounded.

Trump has been subjected to negative stories since the time he announced he was running for office. The intensity of the coverage ebbs and flows based on which way the wind is blowing, but the negativity has reached an all-time high in recent weeks. An endless slew of stories have been making the rounds based on anonymous sources and unsubstantiated claims, but the vast majority of the media has reported them as facts that are beyond a shadow of a doubt. It’s gotten so bad that Trump took to social media to respond.

“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” he wrote.

Detractors scoffed at the notion, but the new study shows there’s plenty of merit to Trump’s take. The study analyzed coverage of the Trump presidency on a number of major outlets, and the end result was full of shocking takeaways.

“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,” the report reads in part.

According to some outlets, there’s a pretty much nothing positive to report whatsoever. That’s nearly impossible, but the way the coverage is presented will certainly make you think twice about it.

"Trump’s coverage during his first 100 days set a new standard for negativity ... it was negative even by the standards of today’s hyper-critical press,” noted Professor Thomas E. Patterson, of Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

There’s a whole bunch of food for thought on the pages of this report, and it provides further evidence that several media outlets are in the midst of a severe credibility crisis.

Source: Independent Journal Review
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