ABC, CBS, NBC Offered Democrats Seven Times More Airtime Than Republicans, According to the MRC
A new study shows a widely disproportionate broadcast network coverage of the ongoing spending battle on Capitol Hill with Democratic lawmakers dominating evening news broadcasts.
According to a Media Research Center analysis examining 30 stories broadcast from September 23 to October 10, Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 115-16 count margin in terms of the number of soundbites.
“Yes, viewers of these programs were seven times more likely to hear from hardline big-spending Democratic leftists like Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Pramila Jayapal than Republicans like Sen. Mitch McConnell or Rep. Kevin McCarthy .,” MRC Director of Media Analysis Geoffrey Dickens wrote on Wednesday.
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“CBS Evening News” had the highest total of the three networks, broadcasting 43 soundbites of Democrats versus eight Republicans who were heard.
ABC’s “World News Tonight” had the largest margin broadcasting 41 soundbites from Democrats and only three from Republicans during the same time period.
“NBC Nightly News” broadcast 31 soundbites from Democrats, while Republicans were heard just five times.
Much of the media coverage has focused on the Democratic in-fighting between the party’s progressive wing, who sought to pass the $3.5 trillion spending bill, against more moderate-leaning senators such as Joe Manchin and Kirsten Sinema. Those who are in favor of bipartisanship. Infrastructure Bill.
“While the evening news show allowed ‘liberals’ like Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to speak up, it’s important to note that they were still calling for more spending, just not as much as Presidents Joe Biden and Cortez. Like his big-spending allies were demanding,” Dickens insisted.