So did the mainstream media bestow upon us — as Carl Bernstein insisted — “one of the great reporting jobs in history” with regard to the Trump-Russia conspiracy (here)?
They certainly tried — if quantity is the (sole) measure of quality.
According to the Media Resource Center, from Trump’s inauguration day (January 20th, 2017) through March 21st, 2019 (the night before Mueller turned in his report), evening news broadcasts on ABC, CBS, and NBC devoted a big whopper of airtime to the alleged treachery.
For the sake of excellence in reporting, the Big Three produced 2,284 minutes of nighttime news Trump-Russia mania.
To put it in perspective, that’s about three minutes nightly.
For 791 days.
As pointed out by Newsbusters, that’s a level normally reserved for coverage of a major ongoing war or a presidential election.
And that’s essentially what it’s been: The press have covered the 2016 the election for two years. Why? They can’t get over it. And, therefore, they’re at war.
How about their relaying of stuff the President’s actually done?
Newbusters had this to say:
TV reporters devoted more airtime to the Russia investigation than any of the Trump administration’s policy initiatives — immigration, tax reform, trade, North Korea, ISIS, the economy, veterans’ affairs, the opioid epidemic, to name but a few. Since his presidency began, nearly one-fifth (18.8%) of all of Trump’s evening news coverage has been about this one investigation.
And just to be clear, coverage wasn’t rosy. Over the aforementioned time period, reporting on the Trump-Russia scandal was 92% negative. How’s that for — in the words of defender Brian Stelter — “[taking] the side of truth and decency” (here)? I’d say it’s a big fat #FAIL.
Oh — and if you’re wondering how many eyeballs that fiasco reached, the major networks’ nightly newscasts draw 24 million viewers total (based on ratings from the week of February 25th), which bests anything on cable.
Democratic Hillary supporter Alan Dershowitz was right: the media should “hang their head in shame” over the maniacal bias against Trump since his election (here), particularly over the conspiracy of Russia collusion. In fact, for the last several days, there’s a glaring measure of their disastrous performance: Since Trump’s vindication, stories abound about the mainstream media’s humiliating failure. The job of the news is to report the news, not be the news.
When you become the news, you’ve really, really messed up (like this guy).
Relevant RedState links in this article: here and here, and here.
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