Nothing positive to report

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on January 18, 2017

Half of the country voted for Donald Trump. He made history by being the first candidate who has never held office or been appointed to any job in the government. In this week leading up to his inauguration, negative stories have received continuous, widespread media attention – multiple headlines feature stories such as:

  • “Poll: Donald Trump’s Transition Gets ‘Historically Low’ Marks” (those who voted for him question who was polled)
  • “No-one wants to play Donald Trump’s inauguration” (with many stories criticizing the few “B-listers” who will perform)
  • “Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Boycotts Trump Inauguration” (he also boycotted George W. Bush’s inauguration – this was publicized after conservative commentators pointed it out)
  • “At Least 50 Democrats to Boycott Inauguration” (but none are senators–why aren’t any Democratic Senators boycotting?)


These true headlines did not get as much attention:

  • “U.S. Small-Business Optimism Index Surges by Most Since 1980”
  • “Trump’s smart Cabinet picks”
  • “Kellyanne Conway First Woman to Run Victorious Presidential Campaign”
  • “Trump met with Martin Luther King III in New York Monday” (the meeting was positive)