What Do You Think of Press Coverage of Biden?
An article in the The Washington Free Beacon led us to do some digging about how the press feel about their coverage of President Biden, especially in contrast to their treatment of President Trump.
Here is what we found in a recent CNN Business Reliable Sources email:
“White House quietly tries to reshape economic coverage
The White House, not happy with the news media’s coverage of the supply chain and economy, has been working behind the scenes trying to reshape coverage in its favor. Senior White House and admin officials — including NEC Deputy Directors David Kamin and Bharat Ramamurti, along with Ports Envoy John Porcari — have been briefing major newsrooms over the past week, a source tells me.
The officials have been discussing with newsrooms trends pertaining to job creation, economic growth, supply chains, and more. The basic argument that has been made: That the country’s economy is in much better shape than it was last year. I’m told the conversations have been productive, with anchors and reporters and producers getting to talk with the officials…
> Related: Dana Milbank was on CNN Monday to talk about his column. He told Brianna Keilar that the news media needs to “do soul searching and see what we are delivering to people…” “
What is this column that Milbank is referring to? It was a Washington Post opinion piece titled, “The media treats Biden as badly as — or worse than –Trump. Here’s proof.”
“Artificial intelligence can now measure the negativity with precision. At my request, Forge.ai, a data analytics unit of the information company FiscalNote, combed through more than 200,000 articles — tens of millions of words — from 65 news websites (newspapers, network and cable news, political publications, news wires and more) to do a “sentiment analysis” of coverage. Using algorithms that give weight to certain adjectives based on their placement in the story, it rated the coverage Biden received in the first 11 months of 2021 and the coverage President Donald Trump got in the first 11 months of 2020.
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.”
What do you think? Please share in the comments.
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