In a year-long analysis of ABC, NBC, and CBS morning newscasts featuring GOP presidential candidates, the Media Research Center (MRC) found “the broadcast networks have pounded the candidates with a blizzard of hostile and left-wing questions.”
“Most stunning when it came to policy questions, the networks hit the Republican candidates with ideologically liberal questions 85 percent of the time, compared to those based on a conservative agenda,” reports MRC.
The study compared media questions from the 2007 presidential race and found that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards were given “mostly liberal agenda” questions, 72 percent were left-leaning and 28 percent were right leaning.
From January 1 to December 4 , GOP frontrunner Donald Trump received most of the TV time, having nine interviews that totaled nearly an hour and a half of airtime.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had 10 interviews that totaled 50 minutes of television time. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ranked third with six interviews and 36 minutes of total airtime.
“None of the other candidates managed to even total a half-hour of time. Ranging from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with four interviews totaling 24 minutes down to Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum who had just one three-minute interview,” notes MRC.
On the Democrat side, morning news shows have only held five interviews with the Democrat presidential candidates, according to the study, which was conducted through December 4th. Two of the five interviews went to Hillary Clinton. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had one interview, as did former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.