The pandemic and its effects on society became a pervasive part of the media narrative about Joe Biden’s first 60 days in office.
During the first 60 days of the new administration, roughly half of stories about the Biden administration mentioned Donald Trump in some way.
Immigration was one of the five topics most covered by 25 major news outlets in the first 60 days of the Biden administration.
About two-thirds of news coverage dealt with Biden’s policy agenda, while about three-quarters of early Trump coverage was framed around leadership skills.
We thought it would be valuable to combine our study of news coverage itself with data on people’s views about, and exposure to, that coverage.
The public is more likely to have heard “a lot” about ongoing confrontations between police and protesters than several other stories.
Among black Americans, 72% say coverage has been good or excellent and 85% say Trump’s message has been completely or mostly wrong.
More Americans hold positive than negative views of the news media’s COVID-19 coverage, but Republicans and Democrats remain starkly divided.
61% give equal attention to national and local coronavirus news.
More than two-thirds of adults ages 65 or older said they were following news of the pandemic very closely.