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How Much Bad Press Has President Trump Really Had So Far?

September 13th, 2017 Comments off
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Since before President Trump was elected, supporters of his believed that the press has been obsessive in their coverage of the celebrity-turned-commander-in-chief.

Now, there’s more research that backs that claim up.

After the inauguration on January 20, the media has continued to provide more coverage of Trump’s first months in office than was covered in former-President Obama’s last two years combined. Research reveals that there’s been nearly non-stop negative coverage that far outweighs the positive or neutral coverage of the last seven months.

The Media Research Center analysts have determined that there were nearly 74 hours of airtime – or 39 percent of all evening news coverage – on ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News, per Newsbusters.

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The study used the following criteria to come up with that figure:

Methodology: Our measure of spin was designed to isolate the networks’ own slant, not the back-and-forth of partisan politics. Thus, our analysts ignored soundbites which merely showcased the traditional party line (Republicans supporting Trump, Democrats criticizing him), and instead tallied evaluative statements which imparted a clear positive or negative tone to the story, such as statements from experts presented as non-partisan, voters, or opinionated statements from the networks’ own reporters.”

Using these criteria, MRC analysts tallied 1,567 evaluative statements about the Trump administration in June, July and August, of which 1,422 (91%) were negative vs. a mere 145 (9%) which were positive. Since Trump took office on January 20, there have been 4,144 such evaluative statements, of which 3,712 (90%) were negative, vs. 432 (10%) which were positive.”

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Back in April, when the President gave the order to punish the Syrian regime for a chemical weapons attack, was the closest to “balanced coverage” that has been seen, with 82 percent negative and 18 percent positive news coverage.

In the early months of the Trump Administration – January to March – the rate at which White House news was being covered was 49 percent.

Over the last three months that figure has dropped considerably, currently at 32 percent. This is nearly three times as much coverage as the Obama administration received from 2015-2017, which the researchers pegged at 10 percent.

Russia, Russia…

One of four main topics related to Trump that the media focuses on is the ongoing investigation into the president and his campaigns alleged connection to Russia. During August, that topic took up 27 percent of all the Trump news coverage (415 minutes).

Several months ago, the Daily Business News posted an undercover video by Project Veritas.  It spotlighted a CNN producer who said that the Russia collusion story was “bullsh-t.”  Other research has reveals a similar trend to what this report produced.

That was followed by coverage related to the repeal and replace plan for ObamaCare, with 176 minutes, Trump and North Korea, with 136 minutes of coverage, and his response to the violent attacks in Charlottesville with 97 minutes.

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Interestingly, the topic with the least media spin regarding how Trump handled a situation is North Korea, with only 86 percent negative press. In this particular case, the study found that most of that coverage was neutral.

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources.

This study provides a look into the gap between positive and negative news coverage of the president’s time in office so far. Many of the left-of-center publications are spending far more time bashing the president than anything else – with “relentlessly hostile coverage.” ## (News, Analysis.)

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2018, 2020 Campaigns Underway, Bernie & Jane Sanders, Scandals, and Democratic Party Rebranding

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Hillary & Hispanics, 1.4M Losing Obamacare, Assange’s Internet Cut, WAPO: Election Heating

October 18th, 2016 Comments off
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With 20 days left until the U.S. Presidential election, the U.S. Government has apparently arranged to cut Internet access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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USA Today Study

 

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While hailing what they dub as the “Trump Effect” for a “marked increase” in Hispanic voter registrations, the facts indicate that Democratic and Hispanic groups just have not surged the numbers beyond the growth of the Hispanic population in general, according to a USA Today report, shared by NewsMax.

Voter registration is up 3.8 percent from 2012, which, can be explained by 2.9 percent population growth since 2012 and 10-percent growth among the Hispanic population since 2010, according to USA Today’s analysis among the 50 counties with the largest Hispanic populations in 10 swing states.

Hispanics now comprise 12 percent of the electorate, an increase from 10 percent in 2012, according to the study.

Republicans are ignoring this growing electorate, and these numbers show that Democrats are leaving a lot of votes on the table too,” Al Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum told USA Today.

But the pro-Clinton L. A. Times daily tracking poll suggests that the Trump campaign may be doing better with Hispanics than is generally reported.  Even with the LA Times subtly or directly attempting to influence their own poll with their coverage and graphics, their poll has nevertheless consistently shown Trump close, ahead and able to bounce back.

The details of their polling indicates a surprisingly strong support for the Trump/Pence campaign among Hispanics, as is reflected in the second tracking poll below.

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Over 1 Million to lose ObamaCare Coverage

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People around the U.S. are finding out that their health insurance plans will disappear from ObamaCare next year. This will force many to find new coverage at a time when a number of insurers are looking to exit the program, thus shrinking options.

According to Newsmax, At least 1.4 million people in 32 states will lose the Obamacare plan they have.

Aetna Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and some state or regional insurers quitting the law’s markets for individual coverage largely cause this issue.

Sign-ups for Obamacare coverage begin next month. Fallout from the quitting insurers has emerged as the latest threat to the law, which is also a focal point in the U.S. presidential election.  Minnesota’s Democratic governor and former president Bill Clinton are among those who have recently blasted the failures of the program.

According to Bloomberg’s interviews with regulators and insurance customers, plans will be fewer and more expensive, and may not include the same doctors and hospitals.  That is the opposite of the results promised in ‘selling’ the program in Congress.  The Affordable Care Act – a.k.a. ObamaCare – has consistently been under-water in public polls, and was a rallying cry in mid-term election years that resulted in Republican control of first the House, and then the U.S. Senate.

Instead of growing in 2017, Obamacare could shrink, according the research by NewsMax. As of March 31, the law covered 11.1 million people; an Oct. 13 S&P Global Ratings report predicted that enrollment next year will range from an 8 percent decline to a 4 percent gain.

Bloomberg contacted officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and the 1.4 million-person estimate includes 32 states and only plans sold on the individual “exchange” markets.

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In Texas, Arizona, Georgia and Missouri, insurers have pulled out, but regulators couldn’t or wouldn’t say how many people are affected. Three states didn’t provide sufficient data.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Thursday that it will contact people losing their coverage and encourage them to sign up with new plans.

The law requires all Americans to have insurance or pay a fine.

As is true for the nation at large, anecdotal evidence indicates that most manufactured housing professionals are unhappy with the law’s negative impact on business, the rising costs and shrinking coverage of healthcare.

Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Clinton +4, But There’s More…

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The poll, released on Sunday, shows Clinton up 47% to 43% in a four-way race, which is within the margin of error. Independent NewsMax sees this is a clear sign that Trump may be regaining his momentum, with 20 days remaining until Election Day.

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Among the Clinton Campaign revelations by WikiLeaks are comments that disparaged Latinos as ‘needy.’ A recent study demonstrated that 96% of campaign contributions by journalists, editors and those with reporting ties are giving money to the Clinton Campaign. Image credit, Fox News/Sean Hannity shown, which AdWeek noted has surpassed all other cable news shows in their most recent survey of cable news viewership.

Highlights From Sunday’s Report

The Daily Business News published a media first – the exclusive revelation of how Apple was using an update in their iPhone’s iOS10 update – a widget that was promoting anti-Trump news headlines, or pro-Clinton headlines.

Revelations by WikiLeaks, Including Those Impacting or with Implications for the MH Industry

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What was widely under-reported last week was the release by WikiLeaks of what Bernie Sanders and his followers asked for repeatedly during his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the presidency.  Namely, the transcripts of Hillary Clinton’s speeches to Goldman Sachs and others on Wall Street, for which Secretary Clinton was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars per speech.

The full transcript of those three leaked speeches are found at the end of this report.

Tyler Durden, writing for Zero Hedge, provided one of the more in-depth looks at what the three leaked speeches, and what those documents reveal about Clinton’s true positions.

As MH industry professionals know, Dodd-Frank has been wildly unpopular with retailers, community operators – indeed virtual all who directly or indirectly benefit from the sale of more manufactured homes.

Some of the bullets from the thousands of emails released are shown in the blue graphics = produced by Fox News – found on this page.

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One of the many adverse consequences of the Dodd-Frank act has been the closure of hundreds of community banks and lenders.  MHLivingNews reported a number of MH industry operations that stopped lending, due to regulatory risks, one of those reports is linked here.

What WikiLeaks has spotlighted are a series of vulnerabilities in the Clinton Campaign. MHProNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach has noted that, “Too big to fail” and “too big to jail” are becoming the new normal in U.S. politics in recent years, as opposed to the historic American rule-of-law.  The full election update from Sunday is linked here.

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Kovach notes that public polling shows that most view the political and economic playing field in America has tilted toward the largest companies and rich donors, both of which can afford the high cost of political access.  That leaves the vast majority of Americans and small-to-medium sized businesses out in the cold.

Editorially, without claiming to speak for any of our sponsors, MHProNews has taken the position that builder Trump’s policies are better for manufactured housing and better for the nation. MH industry associations are unlikely to formally support a candidate, because they will have to work with whomever the eventual winner is.

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Before and After the Final POTUS Debate, the Wild Card of WikiLeaks

The third and final presidential debate will be carried by the major news networks live, and is this Wednesday starting at 9 PM ET. Before and after the debate, the impact on the race of the steady drip, drip, drip of thousands of leaked Clinton Campaign emails is hard to predict.

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Republican strategist Karl Rove notes that polling suggests that some of the swing away from the Trump campaign could be recaptured, if the GOP candidate “stops talking about the sexual allegations against him” – as many of those have already been discredited, and instead “focus on the policy issues” that make Trump/Pence the clearly superior choice for minorities, men and women, indeed the nation as a whole.

The following are a partial list of reasons why Kovach observes the campaign positions publicly held by Hillary Clinton are worse for America, worse for home ownership in general – and in the view of MHProNews editorially – worse for manufactured housing in particular.

  • Clinton promises she will keep Dodd-Frank, while Trump promises to repeal Dodd-Frank, which he says is harming business and job creation.
  • Clinton promises to raise taxes and increase regulations, while Trump favors reduction of job-killing taxes and regulations.
  • Clinton will keep ObamaCare or perhaps go to a Canadian-style single payer system, while Trump is for repealing and replacing ObamaCare, which is failing before the nation’s eyes, and which even Bill Clinton has called “a crazy system.
  • Clinton has said she favors open-borders and free trade, while Trump proposes defending borders, U.S. workers and businesses.

Trump has now set a record for having the most small-donors in GOP history.  His rallies and polling demonstrate more enthusiasm for his America First movement than Clinton has in her smear Trump effort.

In a change election year, her policies would only continue what has already proven to be a failure for the nation.

Manufactured home residents are some 7% of the U.S. population.  In a tight election, the balance of power could lie with the industry’s professionals and our homeowners.

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22 Million Tune into GOP Convention; the Media Rundown 

July 21st, 2016 Comments off

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CNN’s average viewership more than doubled from the 1.47 million in 2012 to 294 million Monday night, while MSNBC posted a 35 percent increase over the last convention, nearly two million viewers, according to wsj.

Fox News slipped from 6.89 million viewers in 2012 to 6.35 million average the first night of the charged gathering, perhaps, as MHProNews understands, related to the expected ouster of Fox News founder and chairman, Roger Ailes. He has built the network into a conservative powerhouse over the last 20 years.

Among the broadcast networks during the 10 PM slot, NBC posted the highest number with an average viewership of 3.91. ABC was second with 3.64 million and CBS topped out at 2.69 million. The networks did not cover the first night of the 2012 Republican convention.

As unorthodox as Mr. Trump’s campaign style, so too was the first night in Cleveland: Trump’s elegant wife, Melania, addressed the crowd, borrowing a similar pair of phrases from current first lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 address to the Democratic convention. (The speech writer has since offered to resign over the error, but Trump refused to accept her resignation.)

Additionally, reality star Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty, and one time pitchman for Clayton Homes, also spoke as did actor Scott Baio.

Moreover, traditionally, the party’s nominee does not appear until the last day of the convention. Trump appeared briefly to introduce his wife.

For the Masthead’s view on the race, click here. ##

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Modular Homes Down Under

October 26th, 2012 Comments off

ABC-AU reports from Queensland, Australia Gateway Constructions has won a $4.5 million contract to build 12 new modular homes for the Cape York Aboriginal community in the far northeastern tip of Australia. According to Queensland Housing Minister Dr. Bruce Flegg, although the housing will be built in a factory in Cairns, Queensland, the project will impact indigenous employment in the Aurukun community and boost the housing stock by 150 units. As MHProNews has been informed, the government also notes the housing will be designed with child protection in mind.

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Extreme Makeover to Build Texas Family a Mod Home

November 18th, 2010 Comments off

The home of the Brown family of Wellman, Texas will receive an extreme makeover. The latest recipients of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” the family has experienced tragedy in recent years. Seventeen-year-old Alex Brown epitomized the traditional All-American girl:  beautiful, smart, vivacious and beloved by everyone who knew her.  Tragically, her dreams of a career in broadcast journalism and a life filled with so much promise were cut short. In November 2009, she was killed in a single car accident. Those left behind include Alex’s parents and younger sister. To ensure that no other family suffers such a heartbreaking loss, they turned their tragedy into opportunity. Today, they travel around Texas hauling Alex’s wrecked truck on their flat-bed trailer to local high schools reminding young people of the dangers of distracted driving. The Browns will be  taking a vacation to New York City while the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team along with Palm Harbor Homes and community volunteers build them a new modular home.