This is not a surprise.
President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office “set a new standard for negativity” for press coverage of a president, according to a Harvard study. Harvard is not exactly a conservative institution.
The Harvard Kennedy School and Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy study examined coverage by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, broadcast outlets CNN, CBS, Fox News and NBC, and European news outlets the Financial Times, BBC and ARD in Germany.
“Trump’s coverage during his first 100 days set a new standard for negativity,” study author Thomas Patterson wrote. “Trump’s coverage was unsparing. In no week did the coverage drop below 70 percent negative and it reached 90 percent negative at its peak.”
Trump, the study found, 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 daily onslaught of negativity continues.
That’s why this is a surprise, and it’s refreshing.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at a rally in Youngstown on July 25.
Columnist Salena Zito traveled to Ohio and her extensive op-ed on Trump supporters was published in the New York Post.
This town was on fire.
By 1 in the afternoon on Tuesday, every main thoroughfare downtown was filled with happy people heading toward the Covelli Centre. Folks dressed in red, white and blue crisscrossed the main grids as vendors sold “Make America Great Again” ball caps, American flags and bottles of water.
Thousands had filled the gravel parking lot to wait until the doors opened at 4, license plates revealing they had traveled from as far as Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to see the president speak directly to them in this Rust Belt city.
Music played on almost every corner as Donald Skowron, a retired Youngstown police officer, drove his green pickup truck up and down Champion Street — in the back, a 6-by-8-foot homemade wooden Trump-Pence sign straddling the bed of the truck, with two large Trump flags flowing from the top.
There’s more, the kind of writing you won’t read all that much in the mainstream media.
Zito’s column is here.