Trump’s press coverage more negative, disrespectful than any past POTUS

Chart courtesy of Pew Researchers.

News coverage of President Donald Trump’s first hundred days in office is more than 60 percent negative, and the negative coverage he receives is the worst of any other President in recent history, according to a top American polling firm.

Not only is the majority of news stories regarding Trump and his family negative, some reporters and commentators are downright disrespectful of the man and the Office.

“I watch these so-called journalists take all kinds of cheap shots at Trump, but who tip-toed around stories of alleged criminal activity within the Obama administration,” said police consultant and former U.S. Army Green Beret Ralph Lester Faisson. “It’s like how they treat stories regarding Jesus Christ (anything goes) and Mohammed (reverence and politcal-correctness). In fact, these ‘brave’ journalists would have heart attacks if a top Muslim leader issued a Fatwa naming them,” Faisson added.

Faisson’s law enforcement colleague, former Sheriff William Scott, is troubled by so-called entertainers using their positions to poke fun at the president or his family. “Stephen Colbert is the perfect example of a bigmouthed wiseguy who makes sure no one he denigrates can even get close to him. He lies, twists the truth and then he claims he’s only a comedian.”

The Pew Research Center looked at media reports about the Trump presidency in the first three months of the administration and concluded:

  • 65 percent of the stories about President Trump had a very negative or negative narrative, with a mere 5 percent of the stories being considered positive coverage.
  • 20 percent of the stories in President Barack Obama’s first three months were negative.
  • 28 percent of the stories in President George W. Bush’s first three months were negative.
  • 28 percent of the stories in President Bill Clinton’s first three months were negative.
  • 56 percent of stories about the Trump administration appearing in media outlets with a left-leaning audience were negative, compared to 14 percent in media outlets with a right-leaning audience.
  • 66 percent of all news stories regarding the Trump administration were about these five topics:
    • Political skills (17 percent).
    • Immigration (14 percent).
    • Appointments/nominations (13 percent).
    • U.S.-Russia relations (13 percent).
    • and Healthcare (9 percent).

Other serious polls and media studies are similar. For example, Brent Bozell’s well-known Media Research Center released a study that concluded the three major broadcast networks’ coverage of the Trump administration was 89 percent negative.


Edited by Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.. He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

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