According to a Media Research Center analysis of 115 election stories from ABC, NBC, and CBS, 87% portrayed Republicans negatively, despite the fact that the party does not control any chamber of Congress or the White House.
When the GOP controlled the White House, House of Representatives, and Senate four years ago, the negative coverage was the same, at 88%.
While the Democrats received far less scrutiny when they were not in power, the media this year continued to favor liberal politicians just as much when they were in complete control of Washington.
“And another favor for Team Blue: the dominant topics within these campaign stories — GOP candidate controversies, abortion rights and the danger of ‘election deniers’ — perfectly match the topmost items in Democrats’ campaign playbook. Our study shows discussion of these issues within campaign stories far eclipsed that of the economy and inflation, issues that voters deem most important.” The report asserted.
The new report differed from a similar 2018 media review in that the present corporate media seem entirely uninterested in having critical coverage of the White House now that it is occupied by a Democrat.
“While President Trump was a huge focus of network coverage four years ago (accounting for 48% of all midterm campaign airtime in 2018, more than all of the individual House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates combined), the networks aren’t interested in targeting President Biden this year. Biden accounted for just 34 minutes of midterm coverage,” the report noted.
Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake. Lake was a particular target of negative media coverage, receiving an almost unbelievable 100 percent negative coverage rating from the report.