BMI’s Seymour: Reagan Treated 13 Times More Negatively on Jobs Than Obama

October 5th, 2009 5:43 PM

BMI's Julia A. Seymour appeared on FNC's "America's News Headquarters" to discuss her latest report, "Networks Flip Flop on Jobs."

During Seymour's Oct. 4 appearance, she told host Shannon Bream some of the findings of her report.

"Let's talk about who was the president 26 years ago, Ronald Reagan. So how were his unemployment numbers, or what happened under his watch covered as compared to how we see them being covered now under President Obama?" Bream asked.

"Unemployment stories under President Ronald Reagan were covered 13 times more negatively than President Obama. It actually broke down to 91 percent of mentions, under the Reagan White House in unemployment stories, were negative. And only seven percent of mentions of the Obama administration in 2009 were negative," Seymour said.

Seymour also shared the dramatic example of Charles Gibson's coverage of 9.4 percent unemployment in both 1982 and 2009. See video of Gibson .