CNN’s Brian Stelter – The Media Is Much Harder On Biden Then On Trump. Is He On Crack?
Stelter got this ridiculous idea from a Washington Post piece by Dana Milbank, who claimed to have analyzed the “tone” of hundreds of thousands of news articles with artificial intelligence. And supposedly, this analysis found that yes, the media were being more rigid on Biden:
The findings, painstakingly assembled by FiscalNote vice president Bill Frischling, confirmed my fear: My colleagues in the media are serving as accessories to the murder of democracy.
After a honeymoon of slightly positive coverage in the first three months of the year, Biden’s press for the past four months has been as bad as — and for a time worse than — the coverage Trump received for the same four months of 2020.
Let’s leave aside the notion that harsh coverage of Biden amounts to “the murder of democracy” and instead talk about Milbank’s conclusion that Biden has been treated at least as harshly as Trump was. To a reasonable person, findings this transparently at odds with reality would suggest a problem with either the methodology or the AI the researchers used. As they say in statistics, “garbage in, garbage out.”
Stelter, however, is not paid to be reasonable. “What do you think about that?” he asked his audience thoughtfully. “Is that possible? Does it ring true to you?”
To discuss, he brought in his guest for the segment, Shareblue writer Eric Boehlert. A thorough gaslighting of CNN’s audience ensued.
This is where things take a strange turn; Eric Boehlert then goes off on a liberal rant that has no reality to it, claims the reason it is OK for the press to have attacked Trump is that he was a fascist, this does not excuse what the press is doing, they should only focus on good things, not the bad.
Trump was a fascist, he was a pathological liar, he’s trying to destroy free and fair elections in this country. And the idea that this center-left, conventional Democrat is getting worse coverage? If I were in the press, I would stop and think, “What are we doing here, and is this all accurate?”
As it happens, the Media Research Center has done its research comparing coverage of Presidents Biden and Trump. Back in April, analysts took an exhaustive look at all evening news coverage from the top three broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) and found that during the first three months of each President’s term, the coverage of Biden was 59% positive, while for Trump it was 89% negative.
While Milbank references this three-month “honeymoon” for Biden in his analysis, he does not seem aware that those first three months were also something of a honeymoon for him relative to the rest of Trump’s presidency. Between 2017 and 2021, the coverage of Trump averaged between 90% and 92% negative. Is Milbank suggesting that the current numbers are just as bad for Biden?
How many instances did this analysis find of journalists comparing Biden to Hitler? During a single three-day period on cable news back in 2018, NewsBusters found 22 comparisons of Trump’s border policy to the Holocaust and slavery. Is Biden racking up similar numbers?
That Stelter and CNN are even thinking this shows how far out of reality these people live. We had nothing but negative coverage of Trump from before he took office; this ran until his last day. Now Biden is screwing things up; the news dares to report on it. This is somehow wrong? This is how the news is supposed to work. No wonder why CNN is tanking in ratings.
The press has gone out of their way to cover for Biden, but the screw-ups of this administration are so great, even they can’t cover for it. The problem with this is that the Democrats are terrified; if this continues, Trump may find himself back in the White House, to reporters like these two, that is unthinkable. We are now being openly told that the press should stop reporting on the negative, only the positive; if they don’t, not only could the Left lose the House and Senate in the elections next year, they could lose the White House as well two years later.
Thanks to Newsbusters who contributed to this article.
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