Throughout the campaign, Ted Cruz and others have complained about the amount of coverage Donald Trump gets from the media.
They might be even more right than they realize.
This chart illustrates the amount of attention CNN has paid to Trump in 2016, vs. all other GOP candidates:
CNN isn’t alone; here’s Fox News for the same time period:
MNSBC? Yeah, they’re “guilty,” as well:
Finally, this chart from The New York Times shows the amount of free airtime Trump has received from media, vs. purchased ads, compared to all other candidates, including Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders:
So why the tremendously lopsided imbalance? Perhaps Trump himself explained it best, nine years ago:
“One thing I’ve learned about the press is they’re always hungry for a good story, and the more sensational the better. […] if you are a little different, or a little outrageous […] if you do things that are bold or controversial, the press is going to write about you.”
The Donald may not “do politics,” as he likes to say, but he definitely does the media.