Trump’s first 100 days earned triple the coverage of previous presidents: study

Trump’s first 100 days earned triple the coverage of previous presidents: study

President Trump earned three times the media coverage in his first hundred days than the three previous presidents, according to a study released Thursday.

The Harvard University study found that Trump was the topic of 41 percent of all news stories during the first 100 days of his administration.

Previous presidents have dominated less than 14 percent of all news stories in that period.

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The report is based on an analysis of news reports in the print editions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post; the main newscasts of CBS, CNN, Fox News and NBC; and three major European news outlets. 

The study also found there was "not a single major topic where Trump’s coverage was more positive than negative." 

Ninety-six percent of all immigration coverage was negative, the highest for any topic. Health care and Russia and the election tied for second, with an 87/13 negative/positive split. 

Trump fares relatively well when outlets focused on the economy, with 54 percent of the coverage counted as negative and 46 percent as positive. 


The study found that former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight Iran's president warns US will pay 'high cost' if Trump ditches nuclear deal MORE was the only president of the past four administrations to receive positive media coverage, with Trump receiving by far the worst. 

"Of the past four presidents, only Barack Obama received favorable coverage during his first 100 days," according to the study. 

Obama's coverage in his first 100 days in 2009 was 59 percent positive. Trump's positive numbers came in at just 20 percent. 

President George W. Bush received 43 percent of positive coverage in his first 100 days in 2001. President Clinton's positive number was 40 percent in 1993.