If you can do basic math, then you know that Donald J. Trump has no chance to be America’s next president because of his harsh ideas and anti-Hispanic fever. Yet, according to a report, media outlets’ news coverage is dedicated disproportionately between the Republicans and Democrats, clearly slanting towards GOP’s Donald Trump.
A Tyndall report said that the Republican primary race has received more than twice as much coverage as the Democratic contest.
Tyndall’s task is to track the airtime that the various flagship news programs on NBC, CBS and ABC dedicate to a variety of stories; the 2016 election has received 857 minutes of combined coverage, through Nov. 30.
Sources debate the fact, saying that it is justified since there are more Republican candidates than Democrat ones, and that the GOP debates have much more news than the Democrats. Yet, looking a litter deeper into the details of the coverage is clear rejection to this claim.
According to the report, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, unsurprisingly, is the most-covered candidate in the race. In fact, he alone has gotten more airtime (234 minutes) than the entire Democratic field (226 minutes).
What is remarkable, according to the report, is that Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont who actually is running and polled well for much of the summer and fall, has gotten the least airtime among all candidates (10 minutes), making it only around 4% of the coverage.
The report uncovered that CBS and NBC made up over nine of those minutes, while ABC News devoted less than one minute of coverage to Bernie Sanders for all of 2015.
At the time Trump is currently polling at 34% among GOP, Sanders is currently polling at 33% among Democrats. The percentage of Americans who identify as Democrats is 32% compared to only 23% of Republicans, which means Bernie has many more supporters than Trump. Democrats hold advantages in party identification among blacks, Asians, Hispanics, well-educated adults and Millennials. Republicans have leads among whites – particularly white men, those with less education and evangelical Protestants – as well as members of the Silent Generation.
The GOP needs 40% of the Latino vote to win. Romney is not even close to that, but Trump is not favorable among Latinos, with a record 51% who believe he is very unfavorable. Still, he is all over the news throughout the year. Over three-fourths of Hispanic Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the outspoken billionaire, according to the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) survey.
Trump has repeatedly vowed he is winning the Hispanic vote next year despite his harsh rhetoric on border security and illegal immigration. Critics frequently argue his message on illegal immigrants, particularly Hispanics, is derogatory.
This bias coverage is explained. There aren’t numerous US mass media news sources at all; there are just five. Five giant corporations control 90 percent of US mass media. And direct links connect all five of these media conglomerates to the political establishment and the economic and political power-elites of the United States.
These five conglomerates are Time Warner, Disney, Murdochs’ News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS). Their control spans most of the newspapers, magazines, books, radio and TV stations, movie studios, and much of the web news content of the United States.
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