Three percent? That's somehow even lower than the number of Americans who think Obamacare is working well, which is quite a feat. Granted, this is just one study based on a single metric, but its findings should sound about right to anyone who's watched (or read, for that matter) coverage of the Trump administration thus far.
The president too often oversteps in his bashing of the press, particularly when he over-applies the term "fake news," but he's not wrong to regard much of the media as an active arm of his political opposition. Via the Washington Post:
This is based on a new analysis by Media Tenor, an international, independent media research firm. Trained analysts examined 370 news stories about Donald Trump on the “NBC Nightly News,” “CBS Evening News” and Fox News “Special Report” between Jan. 20 and Feb. 17...Only 3 percent of the reports about Trump that aired on NBC and CBS were positive, while 43 percent were negative and 54 percent were neutral. On “Special Report,” the Fox News program that most closely resembles the evening network news, 25 percent of the reports about Trump were negative, compared with 12 percent positive and the remainder neutral.It's a fair assessment that he's experienced something of a rocky start to his administration in several important respects, but that reality alone cannot come close to explaining the negativity ratio illustrated above. For every one positive story, the networks aired approximately 15 negative ones, with Fox's Special Report at least being significantly more fair and balanced than other outlets. The good news for Trump is that in spite of that onslaught, his numbers are relatively steady, and most voters agree with his contention that the press treats him too negatively. Also, on one of the biggest presidential stages last night, he spoke directly to the American people, uninterrupted, for a full hour -- and he connected. Big league. So much so that even the White House seems pleasantly surprised:
Robert Costa: "Some sources in WH are frankly surprised at how pundits are warming to the speech. Say Trump has not changed, no big shift in policy coming."
BRZEZINSKI: 'Enemy of the people'? It’s strong terminology.
PENCE: Well, I think when you see some of the baseless and fabricated stories that have come out and been treated with great attention —In light of the statistics above, can you really blame Trump for punching back at such a hostile entity?
SCARBOROUGH: But you know, 'enemies of the people,' that’s a Stalinist term.
PENCE: Well, look —
BRZEZINSKI: Are we going to see that still?
SCARBOROUGH: Was that a turning point — he’s moving away from that sort of rhetoric?
PENCE: I think one of the reasons that Donald Trump was elected is because he’s a fighter. The American people want a president who will fight for their future, who will fight for American jobs, fight to make America strong in the world again, but also he’s willing to make his case and to challenge his detractors when unfair criticisms come his way.
I'll leave you with this insight from the Cook Political Report's Amy Walter -- from which I'll partially dissent:
Amy Walter: "It was ONE speech. It's not a DEFINING anything. All that matters now is if Rs can deliver on top 2 issues for voters: jobs & healthcare"
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor - this article first appeared on their website HERE.