A new study of the media’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic shows that the preponderance of its coverage was negative, that is until Joe Biden won the 2020 election.
The new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that the U.S. national media was far more negative in its coverage of the coronavirus news, much more negative than the international media. And even more negative than local news. But all that changed as soon as Biden was pronounced the winner of the 2020 election.
Per Issues & Insights:
Researchers at Dartmouth College and Brown University did a content analysis of tens of thousands of COVID-19 news stories to look at the levels of negativity. What they found was that 87% of the stories published by the top 15 news sources in the country were negative in tone. That compares with 50% of international news sources, and 64% for scientific journals. They also found the mainstream media were 25 percentage points more likely to be negative than more general U.S news sources.take our poll - story continues below
What’s more, this overwhelming negativity included even “areas with positive developments, including school re-openings and vaccine trials.” And, the researchers determined, the mainstream media coverage was “unresponsive to changing trends in new COVID-19 cases.”
In other words, the national press in the U.S. was putting a negative spin on everything COVID-related.
“Our results suggest that U.S. major outlets publish unusually negative COVID-19 stories in response to reader demand and interest,” the authors of the study wrote.
Well, that is no surprise at all. The U.S. national press had only one goal last year; destroying Donald Trump.
There was no interest in facts, figures, or truth. The media gave itself one job. And that was to get Joe Biden elected.
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