Even George H.W. Bush’s Dying Is About The Donald

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Within the period of Trump, the information media appear to discover a technique to reframe each story to be about President Trump, from the mail bomber to the Khashoggi slaying. The demise of the 41st U.S. president on Friday has been no completely different, with as a lot as 57 p.c of worldwide protection together with a point out of the 45th president.

The timeline beneath exhibits the share of worldwide on-line information protection in 65 languages monitored by the GDELT Mission in 15-minute increments that talked about “Bush” and “demise” since four a.m. GMT on Dec. 1 (10 p.m. Central Time Nov. 30, the time of his demise). Blue represents all protection mentioning Bush’s demise, whereas the opposite colours point out protection that additionally talked about Trump (orange), Obama (grey) or Clinton (yellow).

The preliminary burst of protection centered on George H.W. Bush himself and sure was closely composed of beforehand ready obituaries that information shops had written forward of time. Over the following few hours, nonetheless, his successors grew to become fixtures of the protection. Invoice Clinton, as Bush’s speedy successor, obtained essentially the most mentions, adopted by Trump after which Barack Obama.

The timeline beneath exhibits the share of protection of Bush’s demise that talked about Trump (orange), Obama (grey) or Clinton (yellow). Right here it’s clear that the primary 12 hours of protection talked about Clinton closely, however by the next afternoon Clinton and Obama mentions have been roughly equal, whereas mentions of Trump accounted for 30 p.c to 95 p.c of protection.

General, 39 p.c of protection of Bush’s demise talked about Clinton, 26.three p.c talked about Obama and 57 p.c talked about Trump.

As the present president answerable for issuing proclamations and orders regarding Bush’s state funeral, Trump could be anticipated to garner much more mentions than the 2 earlier presidents. But, an anecdotal assessment of protection exhibits that lots of the articles mentioning Trump additionally emphasised his marketing campaign path assaults on Bush or contrasted their presidencies.

In brief, as with every part else, it appears even the demise of a former president has been reframed by the media into one more story about Donald John Trump.

RealClear Media Fellow Kalev Leetaru is a senior fellow on the George Washington College Middle for Cyber & Homeland Safety. His previous roles embody fellow in residence at Georgetown College’s Edmund A. Walsh Faculty of International Service and member of the World Financial Discussion board’s International Agenda Council on the Way forward for Authorities.