Even after many mainstream media outlets spent years pointing out President Donald Trump’s perceived flaws, many of the same organizations apparently went the extra mile in the final days of the 2020 election cycle to protect Democratic nominee Joe Biden from negative coverage.
According to a new poll, that perceived media bias in favor of the former vice president might have been a contributing factor in Trump’s reported loss to Biden.
Media outlets disregard Biden scandals
The Media Research Center survey was conducted across several swing states in the lead-up to this month’s election.
After polling 1,750 Biden voters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, the results led pollsters to a shocking conclusion.
While Fox News and many right-leaning outlets spend the final weeks of the election season focused to some extent on new allegations about dubious foreign business ties involving Biden’s son, the same coverage was not evident across the wider mainstream media landscape.
A staggering number of such outlets, including many of the industry’s most recognizable names, either refused to cover the scandal or dedicated a paltry amount of time to it, resulting in many Americans being almost completely unaware of the allegations.
According to the MRC report, one in six Biden voters responded that they would not have voted for him if they had heard the claims against his family.
“Trump has been bludgeoned”
Assuming those statistics would have translated to the voting booth, this factor alone would have changed the entire outcome of the race — especially given the poll’s focus on influential swing-state voters.
“A shift of this magnitude would have changed the outcome in all six of the swing states won by Joe Biden,” the pollsters concluded.
Earlier this year, MRC provided additional data regarding perceived media bias through an investigation by its Newsbusters outlet.
The outlet confirmed that “compared to his campaign four years ago, Trump has been bludgeoned with 32 percent more negative comments (822 this year, vs. 623 in 2016), while Biden has enjoyed 65 percent fewer negative comments than Hillary Clinton faced in 2016 (31 for Biden, vs. 145 for Clinton).”
In a tweet after Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election, Trump reiterated his distrust of mainstream news outlets: “Why does the Fake News Media continuously assume that Joe Biden will ascend to the Presidency, not even allowing our side to show, which we are just getting ready to do, how badly shattered and violated our great Constitution has been in the 2020 election.”