CBS, ABC, NBC were 93% negative towards Trump in first 100 days since impeachment began

CBS, ABC, NBC were 93% negative towards Trump in first 100 days since impeachment began

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New analysis by the Media Research Center (MRC) published Monday shows that CBS, ABC, and NBC News covered the Trump impeachment during their evening newscasts far more than any other topic, including the 2020 election.

In the first 100 days since the impeachment process began, the three networks' coverage was ninety percent negative when it came to impeachment and other matters related to Trump. They barely covered Democratic candidates with just three weeks before the Iowa caucuses, the analysis found.

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Out of 1,053 comments about Trump that MRC analysts evaluated between September 24 and Jan.1, 981 (93%)  were negative, while only 72 were positive.

In the initial 100 days since the impeachment started in late September, ABC, CBS, and NBC dedicated a combined total of 849 minutes of coverage during their evening newscasts to the topic. By contrast, they spent only 9 minutes covering trade and the economy.

"For comparison, after Special Counsel Robert Mueller was named back on May 17, 2017, it took those same newscasts more than twice as long (until December 29 of that year, or 226 days) to register the same amount of airtime for the Russia investigation. In other words, the networks are spending more than twice as much airtime on the Ukraine probe [which led to the impeachment] as they did on the Russia probe," the analysis found.

The evening newscasts of these networks dedicated a total of 74.3% of all their reporting on Trump to the impeachment process and the Ukraine scandal.

The analysis shows that excessive reporting on Trump-related matters has left only so much time to cover Democratic presidential candidates. For instance, former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading candidate, received just 107 minutes of airtime, 78 of which were related to Biden's role in the Ukraine scandal, while a meager 29 minutes were dedicated to his campaign.

Other Democratic hopefuls have received even less coverage. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg was covered for just 30 minutes, while Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders each got about 24 minutes of coverage, with the majority of Sanders' coverage focusing on his recovery from a heart attack in October.

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has significantly risen in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, both early voting states, over the past three months, was covered for just 7 minutes and 43 seconds during evening broadcasts, while Sen. Amy Klobuchar received just 5 minutes.

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