Networks over the last two weeks targeted one political party with 12 times as many negative portrayals as the other, according to a new report.
Need time to guess which?
The Media Research Center’s Rich Noyes, in a posting on Newsbusters, reports ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC portrayed the GOP negatively 63 times, while there were only five such references regarding the Democrats.
The report said MSNBC in prime time interviewed five Democrats at the RNC but no members of the GOP at the DNC, and CNN aired 62 minutes of official party videos during the DNC but only 14 minutes during the RNC.
Noyes reported: “By a 12-to-1 margin, journalists spent far more time deriding the Republican convention for its negativity, even as their reactions to Democratic speakers were consistently positive and often enthusiastic. Cable news had its own unique biases: MSNBC carved out time on each night of the GOP convention for interviews with top Democratic officials, but – despite promises to the contrary – aired no such interviews with Republicans during the Democratic convention. Meanwhile, CNN devoted more than an hour of airtime during the Democratic convention to airing 18 party-produced videos, but only included three such videos during the GOP convention.”
As WND reported, according to unofficial early figures, the Republicans bested the Democrats on convention Day 4 in the TV ratings, with Trump’s acceptance speech in Cleveland July 21 drawing about 30.2 million viewers compared to Clinton’s 27.8 million Thursday night.
The DNC had beaten the RNC the first two days, but Day 3 on Wednesday began a downturn for the DNC despite headliners President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Noyes’ report said that CNN notably “skipped [GOP] videos on important topics such as the Benghazi attack and the Obama administration’s Fast and Furious scandal, instead airing journalist panel discussions.”
But it aired 18 Democrats’ videos, including “‘Funny or Die’ videos mocking Donald Trump’s policies and several ‘Trump In His Own Words’ videos criticizing the GOP candidate’s controversial statements.”
“In addition, CNN showed the party-produced videos introducing speakers including Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Tim Kaine, President Obama, and the nearly 12-minute video for Hillary Clinton that aired on the final night of the convention,” Noyes reported.
His report continued: “While the media routinely attacked the Republicans during the GOP convention for negative attacks on Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ attacks on Trump were given a pass. MRC studied ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and NBC’s coverage from 9 p.m. to midnight during the first two nights of each convention. During the GOP convention, journalists scolded the Republicans for negativity 63 times; for the same time period during the Democratic convention, viewers heard only five such comments from reporters, a more than 12-to-1 disparity.”
And while networks described Trump’s speech as “more of a harangue” and “more vengeful than hopeful,” when Clinton spoke, she was “sturdy” and “steely” and stressed her “experience,” the report said.
“And, of course, President Obama sent thrills up journalists’ legs,” Noyes wrote. “‘I don’t think we’ve ever had a president, save Lincoln, who is as great a speechwriter as this man,’ NBC’s Andrea Mitchell oozed. ‘It was magnificent,’ MSNBC’s Matthews tingled, ‘a wonderful farewell address.’”