CNN article “9 totally unpresidential things Donald Trump tweeted over Presidents Day weekend,” by Chris Cillizza falls under the category of “bias.” This article is featured on CNN’s multiplatform brand “The Point with Chris Cillizza” that analyze the day’s news. Chris Cillizza is a CNN Politics reporter and an Editor at large. The point includes daily columbs, on-air analysis, and evening newsletter, podcast, and the launch of trivia night events in Washington, DC.
In this article, the use of confirmation bias is used, meaning it is seeking out information that confirms beliefs. In this case, it used President Donald Trump’s tweets taken from his official twitter account in order to demonstrate “that President Donald Trump is the least presidential president who has ever presidented.” (Cillizza 2018) The way in which the information is written and framed makes the article bias. The article ranks the presidents tweets from 1 to 10; the unit of measurement was unpresidentialness. 1 equaled being President Abraham Lincoln and 10 equaled Presidents Beavis and Butt-head.
This article is bias against President Donald Trump. Aside from the intense scale of measurement, the article assumes a lot about what the President is doing. “Cooped up at Mar-a-Lago – Trump didn’t play golf either Saturday or Sunday out of concern of how it might look when funerals were ongoing for the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.” (Cillizza 2018) The article also infers Donald Trump to be the complete opposite of what we consider presidential because of how the article frames his road to office. “From the campaign he ran to get to the White House to how he acted since arriving 365 days ago, Trump seems to take pride in dashing expectation of how a president should act, speak or tweet.” (Cillizza 2018) Overall, the purpose of this article is aims at suggesting that the President Donald Trump is not fit for office. The title itself, “9 totally unpresidential things Donald Trump tweeted over Presidents Day weekend” implies that he is not fit for office. The juxtaposition of “unpresidential’ and “Presidents Day” really show how there is a contrast to what they believe is considered “presidential.”
In order to see the effect of bias on the reader, a study could be conducted. The age of the participants would depend on who you are trying to see being affected by bias. Also each region/location could be affected differently, so one study would not be a good determinant of the overall population. The study would involve a group of people that can be evenly divided by people who voted for Donald Trump and people who didn’t, and then people who did not vote at all. Dividing them by their vote I think is important because you are voting for someone who you believe would be “presidential.” The group that did not vote at all would be a good variable to measure because they could potentially not have an ideological stance on the president. Then you could have them read articles, about Trump’s tweeting and the articles would be either objective, or close to objective, and the others would demonstrate bias. Afterwards they could take a small test that asks them whether or not Donald Trump said a certain “unpresidential” quote. The quotes would be made up by previous Presidents, and Donald Trump. Then the results could show if there is a bias towards Donald Trump being unpresidential.
Cillizza, Chris. 2018. “9 totally unpresidential things Donald Trump tweeted over Presidents Day weekend.” CNN Politics, February 19. Accessed February 19, 2018. https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/19/politics/trump-tweets-presidents-day/index.html