Now here comes the Pew Research Center with a fun study on how the media covered the president’s tweets over his first 100 days in office. The broad conclusions aren’t surprising: Articles featuring a Trump tweet were more likely to strike a negative tone than stories without a tweet by a margin of 54 percent to 42 percent — ammunition for all those Trump aides, Republicans and others who’ve been telling him to get the heck off of the social-media platform.
And wouldn’t you know:
A large majority of both those [stories] with a tweet and those without one structured their coverage around character and leadership rather than policy. However, those with a tweet were even more likely to focus on the president’s leadership and character (85%) than those that did not (72%).
Which is to say, screaming “fake news” stirs the intellect only so much.