According to the Pew Research Center, negative coverage of the first two months of the Trump administration was triple the level aimed at Barack Obama in 2009. "About six-in-ten stories on Trump’s early days in office had a negative assessment, about three times more than in early coverage for Obama and roughly twice that of Bush and Clinton. Coverage of Trump’s early time in office moved further away from a focus on the policy agenda and more toward character and leadership," the report from Pew stated. Negative coverage of Trump’s first two months reached 62 percent, according to Pew.

Only five percent of the reports on the first days of the Trump administration were positive. By comparison, 42 percent of the coverage of Obama in 2009 was positive during a similar period, while it was 22 percent for George W. Bush in 2001. 

On Fox News Channel on Thursday, Lisa Booth argued that such negative coverage was evident in political campaigns that she has assisted. "If the media doesn't want to be called 'very fake news,' stop being fake news," she said. She cited as examples recent reports by ABC News and CNN that had to be modified or retracted. 

On the same Fox News program, network personality Kennedy and Katie Pavlich said that every administration should be held to the same standards. "It's not whether they should be covering the president in a positive light, it's whether they should be covering the president in a fair and factual way," said Pavlich.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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