Second only to coverage of President Donald J. Trump, when the national U.S. media covered the COVID pandemic, 87% of the coverage was negative. Mainstream media coverage for Trump was 96%.
This study solidifies most Americans thoughts that media is biased and much of their reporting is false.
The study was initiated by Bruce Sacerdote, an economics professor at Dartmouth College. According to The New York Times, he began the study after noticing that the coverage always seemed negative. That was true even when the news was encouraging.
It turns out that the U.S. national media coverage was far more negative than other outlets.
Among international media outlets, just 51% of the coverage was negative. As for regional media coverage in the U.S., it was 53% negative. Even scientific journals provided negative coverage just 64% of the time.
Molly Cook, a co-author of the study, observed, “The most well-read U.S. media are outliers in terms of their negativity.”