The nonpartisan Center for Media and Public Affairs has released a study that found that the nightly newscasts devoted 27 hours, 44 minutes to President Obama’s presidency during his first 50 days. Not only has Obama received more coverage than his predecessors, but that coverage has been much more positive, the study found. (No surprise there.)
At 7 hours, 42 minutes, George W. Bush received about only a quarter of Obama’s coverage, and at 15 hours, two minutes, Bill Clinton received about half Obama’s coverage in his first 50 days in office.
On the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts, 58 percent of all evaluations of the president and his policies have been favorable, the study found. That compares with 33 percent of stories being positive in the comparable period of Bush’s tenure, and 44 percent positive for Clinton.
The study found that only one channel — Fox News — asked probing questions of Obama and his policies.