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    Trashing Trump: ABC, CBS, NBC Coverage of President 92 Percent Negative

    Three news networks didn't even try to be objective covering the White House in September

    by Margaret Menge | Updated 06 Oct 2017 at 6:45 AM

    They just can’t stop.

    The three networks news channels — ABC, CBS and NBC — trashed and bashed President Donald Trump 92 percent of the time last month, according to a new Media Research Center (MRC) study, while giving him positive coverage just 8 percent of the time.

    In all of 2017 so far, the broadcast networks have been anti-Trump 90 percent of the time, and pro-Trump just 10 percent of the time, according to the study.

    The numbers reveal an extreme media bias against the president, who now has the approval of 45 percent of Americans, polls show, and the results also seem to reveal a major change in the world of journalism in which, for the past fifty years at least, "objectivity" was the golden rule, and if you couldn't find it in yourself to actually be completely objective, you faked it. That's all gone.

    "While coverage has pivoted from topic to topic — the travel ban, Obamacare repeal, Charlottesville — there's been little variation in the negative tone of coverage each month," MRC's NewsBusters reported in its article on the study of September news coverage.

    The study found that 96 percent of the networks' coverage of the president's immigration policy in September was negative, with segments about the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program taking center stage.

    The network news reports almost always focused on the plight of the illegal immigrants known as "dreamers" — for beneficiaries of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act — who were given a two-year reprieve from deportation and two-year work permits by then-President Barack Obama, and reporters never seemed to have time to talk to regular Americans about the impact of illegal immigration on their communities, and their lives, and their wages.

    On September 5, for example, the senior national correspondent for CBS News, Anthony Mason, called the president's decision to end DACA "a dream lost for thousands of undocumented immigrants," while another correspondent, John Blackstone, told viewers that DACA recipients and their families were shedding tears while watching Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement that he was rescinding the memo that created DACA.

    "Over on ABC that same night, correspondent Cecilia Vega also attempted to push viewers' emotional buttons — 'dreamers like Jesus Contreras are terrified' — while NBC's Kristen Welker said: 'Immigration advocates say his move to end DACA is cold-hearted,'" NewsBusters reported.

    There was no other side represented — the side of Americans and legal immigrants who've been negatively affected by illegal immigration.

    No network news reporter went out on the street to ask random people what they thought about what Sessions had said about DACA — that it was an "unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch" and that it had contributed to "a surge of unaccompanied minors on the southern border that yielded terrible humanitarian consequences" and had "denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans."

    On another hot-button issue, the NFL and players' kneeling during the singing of the National Anthem before football games, the three networks continuously described the president's tweets as a stumble and a mistake.

    ABC weekend anchor Tom Llamas said on September 24 that "outrage" was "building over the president's heated comments," and a correspondent told viewers there was a "growing backlash across the country" — a backlash against what the president had tweeted.

    But was there? Is that a true statement?

    The backlash seems to be against the NFL, with local veterans groups and hundreds of football fans across the country burning jerseys in anger at the NFL players for refusing to show respect to the flag.

    In a CNN poll in late September, 49 percent of Americans surveyed said that football players who kneel for the National Anthem are doing the wrong thing, compared to 43 percent who said they thought it was the right thing. But network news was out of whack, with 59 comments criticizing Trump on the issue, and just 14 supportive of him.

    On the issue of the president's response to the hurricanes, little was said on ABC, CBS and NBC about how Trump handled his response to Hurricane Irma, but a great deal was said about his response to Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico, with 29 negative statements compared to just two positive statements.

    In its study, the Media Research Center looked at statements made by the network's own staff of broadcast journalists and by experts and voters presented as being non-partisan. They didn't count statements made by partisans who were representing the Democratic Party line and the Republican Party line. In all, 393 evaluative statements about the Trump administration were counted, 361 of which were negative and 32 of which were positive.
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    I've never seen anything like what's going on with the CORRUPT MEDIA in my lifetime. It's sad, really, what's going on.
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    Corrupt Media Is Nothing New!

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    Memo to Donald Trump: Thomas Jefferson invented hating the media
    By Lindsey Bever February 18

    During his time as U.S. minister to France, Thomas Jefferson penned a letter to a statesman from Virginia, waxing poetic about the importance of a free press.

    “The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right,” Jefferson wrote to Edward Carrington in 1787. “And were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.”

    Those words would help identify the Founding Father as a champion of the press.

    But as Jefferson was writing them, scholars say, he did not foresee that newspapers would become a partisan tool for warring political factions in a climate of unrest and uncertainty over the fate of a nascent nation.

    By the time he was approaching his presidency, anxieties were high and newspapers had taken a critical stance. Jefferson in turn had taken critical tone with them, at least in his in personal letters, in which he often excoriated the press — much as the 45th president, Donald Trump, would do more than 200 years later.
    “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper,” Jefferson said then.
    And from
    April 17, 2012

    Here are some more Thomas Jefferson quotes about newspapers. He hated them:

    1. "The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false." ~Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, 1807. ME 11:225

    2. "I deplore... the putrid state into which our newspapers have passed and the malignity, the vulgarity, and mendacious spirit of those who write for them... These ordure’s are rapidly depraving the public taste and lessening its relish for sound food. As vehicles of information and a curb on our functionaries, they have rendered themselves useless by forfeiting all title to belief... This has, in a great degree, been produced by the violence and malignity of party spirit." ~Thomas Jefferson to Walter Jones, 1814. ME 14:46

    3. "As for what is not true, you will always find abundance in the newspapers." Thomas Jefferson to Barnabas Bidwell, 1806. ME 11:118

    4."Advertisements... contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper." ~Thomas Jefferson to Nathaniel Macon, 1819. ME 15:179

    5. "Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle."
    Even the champion of the News Media quickly developed disdain for the media. They are nothing like what they were supposed to be.
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    Americans will never feel the same about our news organizations that they felt in the days of Cronkite, Huntley, Brinkley, and Jennings. I miss these guys with a passion.
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