Networks spend 55% of time covering Russia-Trump, but only 6% of Americans say it’s ‘top issue’

Networks spend 55% of time covering Russia-Trump, but only 6% of Americans say it’s ‘top issue’

[Ed. – Networks are more concerned with grinding their own political ax than reporting the news.]

A new Bloomberg poll shows that health care is the top issue for Americans, even though network newscasts have relentlessly hammered viewers with coverage of Democrats’ accusations about Russia and President Donald Trump.

The Bloomberg National Poll reveals that 35 percent of Americans say “Health Care” is the top issue today — nearly three times the 13 percent who cite “Unemployment/Jobs.”

Only six percent cited “Relationship with Russia” as the most important issue.

But, Media Research Center (MRC) Newsbusters analysis shows that network news programs spend far more time covering Russia-Trump than they do any of Americans’ actual top issues. In the five weeks following the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller (May 17-June 20), networks devoted 353 minutes of their total 640 minutes of airtime (55%) to the Russia-Trump probe.

Thus, even though nearly six times more Americans cited “Health Care” as the top issue, networks devoted more than 20 times more coverage to Russia. The other issues in Americans’ top five were cited roughly twice as often as Russia — yet, networks devoted up to 71 times as many minutes to covering Russia.

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