Its one thing to say the Main Stream Media is biased (it is), but quite another thing to see it demonstrated in as consummate a manner as was recently shown by the Media Research Center (MRC) and reported on their Newsbusters.org website
The topic at hand was an analysis of media coverage of Trump-Russia, the following chart accompanied the Newsbusters’ article
Further edification was provided in the article by Rich Noyes who went on to tell us that as incredible as it may seem
“From Inauguration Day, January 20, through last Friday, October 20, these broadcasts have aired an astonishing 1,000 minutes of coverage discussing Russia’s attempt to boost Trump in 2016, and speculation that Trump’s campaign may have colluded with the Russians in this project.”
Well that seems like a lot, and it would appear that cable news outlets (CNN, Fox, MSNBC) aren’t even factored into the equation!
But surely with all the recent stories of Clinton Campaign Staff and the DNC being caught with their proverbial hands in the Russian cookie jar (rather than Trump staffers as first reported) the networks would attempt to even out their coverage right?
Not so much apparently, in regards to recent disclosures of Clinton foundation cashing in on the sale of America’s Uranium stockpiles (as outlined in a story on The Hill) it was revealed that there were
“$31.3 million in payments to the Clinton Foundation, as well as a huge speaking fee delivered to Bill Clinton personally, while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State”
The Networks coverage was a little, um lets say sparse , in fact Newsbusters reported that
“In eight days, the network evening news coverage of this story amount to a mere 20 seconds on ABC’s World News Tonight.”
20 Seconds? Didn’t that story about the Bear being scared by a kitten in a bakery (or something) receive more than 20 Seconds of coverage?
The Newsbusters article also made this interesting revelation
“…..from April 2015 through last night, the Clinton/Uranium/Russia story has been granted only 3 minutes, 21 seconds of evening news coverage — less than one-half of one percent of the coverage doled out just this year to the conspiracy theories surrounding Trump and Russia.”
In fairness to Network News, 3 minutes and 21 seconds is slightly more time than was allocated to the Skydiving Siamese Twins who knitted a scarf mid plummet, but only slightly.