President Biden had a better honeymoon with the press during his first two months in office than his predecessor, as news tended to dwell on policy rather than personality, according to a study
published last week. The shift in tone is likely to bolster claims by conservatives the press is biased toward Democrats.
Sixty-five percent of stories about the Biden
administration were on its policy and
, while the remainder focused on leadership and character, according to Pew Research Center. That contrasts with the 74% of stories that focused on President Trump's character and
As for the tone of news coverage, Pew determined that 23% of stories about Biden were positive, or more than twice what Trump received at 11%. The study also found
that 44% of Trump coverage was negative, compared with only 32% for Biden.
The New York Times, The Washington Post
, NPR, Politico, BuzzFeed
were among the news outlets with left-leaning audiences in the study, which also looked at those with right-leaning readers, such as Washington Examiner
, Fox News and Breitbart
USA Today, The Wall Street Journal
and New York Post
were among the publishers with a mixed audience in the study, which looked at 25 news outlets
Right-leaning outlets have been having a field day with Democrat Biden, ripping into his administration with stories that are 78% negative, compared with only 19% in left-leaning
news sources. Trump saw the opposite disparity, with only 14% of stories that were negative in right-leaning news and 56% in left-leaning.
Biden's immigration policies likely
were the biggest source of negative news in right-leaning media -- one-fifth of their stories focused on that issue as tens of thousands of migrants crowded along the southern U.S. border. Only 8% of
Biden coverage in left-leaning outlets covered immigration, while 27% of stories were about the economy, making it the most popular topic.
As often happens when a political
party is out of power, its supporters tend to focus more closely on the news. Fifty-five percent of people who favor right-wing sources said they are following Biden coverage very closely, compared
with only 43% of those who favor left-wing sources. That finding supports the idea that many news outlets are seeing a "Trump slump" without the former president stirring the outrage cycle on