A Washington Post report reveals that the mainstream media largely ignored Hurricane Maria and its damage to Puerto Rico – until “President Donald Trump doesn’t care about Puerto Rico” became a story.
How did they measure media coverage?
The analysis piece headlined “The mainstream media didn’t care about Puerto Rico until it became a Trump story” used data from an MIT Media Lab project to crunch the numbers on how hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria were each covered.
What did they find?
During comparable time frames, U.S. media outlets featured 19,214 stories online about Harvey and 17,338 on Irma, while just 6,591 stories were published online about Maria. Newsrooms only started focusing on Maria when Trump slammed San Juan’s mayor on Twitter.
The MIT analysis also found that the language used to describe Maria was far less emotional compared with the way reporters wrote about Harvey and Irma. Maria was detailed in much more political language (“Congress,” “Republicans,” “debt”), while Harvey coverage talked about people with words like “family” and “victim.”
On today’s show, Glenn talked about the biased media coverage of Puerto Rico and praised the Post for its honest analysis of the problem.
“Hats off to the Washington Post,” Glenn said.
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GLENN: Who do you trust anymore? President Trump doesn’t care about Puerto Rico, right? That — I mean, that’s what the media would have had us believe. Donald Trump does not care about Puerto Rico.
We know that from the coverage during hurricane Maria. The big part of the media’s narrative was President Trump was too slow to send aid to Puerto Rico. He didn’t send enough aid. He took too long to visit Puerto Rico. That he cared more about the hurricane hits in Houston and Florida and the squabble between him and the mayor. It was a nightmare.
All of this — all of this is debatable, unless — unless you got your news from the media. The media seemed poise to make Puerto Rico into Trump’s Katrina, disregarding the unique circumstances of Maria. Falling so soon after Harvey and Irma. And, you know, the fact that Puerto Rico is 1,000 miles off of the coast of Florida.
it turns out that when the media couldn’t get any traction on the Trump-hates-Puerto-Rico storyline, they actually didn’t care about Puerto Rico’s hurricane struggles either, at least not as much as they cared about Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Now, hats off to the Washington Post, who just published a story.
Now, Washington Post does not like Donald Trump. But they published a story yesterday with the headline, The Mainstream Media Didn’t Care About Puerto Rico Until It Became A Trump Story. Researchers at the MIT media lab found that mainstream media did not cover Maria nearly as extensively as they covered Harvey and Irma.
Their report found that coverage did not increase until Trump had a feud with the mayor of San Juan.
MIT found out that over 1100 news outlets produced stories about Harvey and Irma, and only 500 carried stories about Maria.
During the two-week period before and after each hurricane hit, online media ran 6,591 stories about Maria. The problem is, Harvey had 19,214 stories and Irma had 17,338.
MIT even did a language analysis of all of the hurricane coverage from the mainstream media. Guess what they found? The Maria stories featured far more political language. Words like Congress, Senate, Democrats, Republicans, debt, or tax, while the coverage of Harvey featured far more words like “victim” and “family.” The bottom line is, the mainstream media claims President Trump doesn’t care about Puerto Rico, but it’s really clear the media didn’t care that much either.
This hypocrisy and moral high horse mentality from both sides has got to stop. Who do we trust?
Well, I will tell you, two points for the Washington Post. A, not carrying the — the lie about Roy Moore. And actually doing their homework and finding out they were being set up.
There’s a point. And this one, printing the story yesterday, that takes on the media itself. Trump and the media need to stop obsessing over each other and then focus on doing their actual job.