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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

President Donald Trump's Third Year Reflection

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Technically, it's us reflecting on ourselves when talking about him.

For the past two years, KoopaTV has reflected on our coverage of President Donald John Trump. Why? We committed a long time ago to wanting to be fair & balanced as we discuss the performance of a man that we, representatives of the foreign government of Koopa Kingdom, endorsed and helped elect. We owe it to our Earth readers.

In KoopaTV's first year of coverage, we wrote 19 articles where the main topic was about President Donald John Trump, with 9 articles with positive coverage, 1 article of neutral coverage, and 9 articles containing negative coverage. However, KoopaTV's second year of coverage was not only reduced with only 9 articles in that year, but only 2 of those were positive, 2 were neutral, and 5 were negative

So what happened from January 2019 to January 2020? For this article, I continued what we've done in previous years and I compiled the following list of all of KoopaTV's coverage about President Donald John Trump, and noted for each item the topic, and if our coverage was positive, neutral, or negative. As an easy summary, there's a table at the end.

Articles that mention President Donald John Trump in passing, but aren't about him, are excluded from this. Every Democrat presidential primary debate article is excluded since those aren't about him by definition!

For fun, try guessing what the ratio will be before getting to the end.

All dates in this article are in mm/dd/yyyy format.




List of KoopaTV's President Donald John Trump Coverage in his Third Year


Article Details:
KoopaTV Live Reactions: SOTU 2019 (and Stacey Abrams rebuttal)
02/05/2019
Topic and Positivity:
General Trump
Negative
Description:
Last year I wrote, “I heard 2019 might not even have one of these thanks to the government shutdown. That'd be greatly appreciated.” Too bad that didn't come true. The only part anyone ever references from this event was Stacey Abrams. But the President not only wasted time, but he went way over time, too, and contributed little of value.

Article Details:
President Donald John Trump Finally Takes Daylight Savings Time Position
03/11/2019
Topic and Positivity:
Daylight Savings Time
Positive
Description:
KoopaTV has been at the forefront of anti-DST activism for many years now, and this article covered the first real push in a favourable direction. Sure, nothing has happened since March 2019 for this topic from a politics level, but it's a real acknowledgment from politicians in power (and seeking power) that this is a real gripe among the people of Earth, and they will become popular if they solve the problem!

Article Details:
Fake Dossier→No Collusion→Impeach Anyway; Dark Age of the Law?
04/22/2019
Topic and Positivity:
Justice
Positive
Description:
I suppose this should be marked as positive since, unlike many other opinionated outlets, KoopaTV accepted that President Donald John Trump's campaign didn't “collude” with the Russian government to win the presidential election in 2016. Of course, we knew that the entire time. We said that trying to impeach the president anyway given those vindicating circumstances would be a horrible outcome. Turns out they didn't do it then... they just latched on to the next fake scandal, and here we are, about to start an impeachment trial!

Article Details:
Democrats on Fox News Town Halls: Buttigieg vs. Warren
05/20/2019
Topic and Positivity:
General Trump
Negative
Description:
I classified this as “General Trump” because there's two distinct topics covered here, and both are bad, though it's not the main focus of the article. One is that, even though I like the criminal justice reform FIRST STEP Act, I'm concerned about its scalability and if anyone is working on the next steps, or if the President is satisfied with just the first step and he's done. Then I asked a foreign policy question, regarding why John Bolton (one of the biggest warmongers on Earth) was even in the administration if the President campaigned on (and got our support for) being against endless wars. You could characterise this article as coming in with a great deal of... doubt for what's going on in the President's head, though the main purpose of the article is to attack the Democrats for not reaching out to his supporters. You'd think if I have all of this doubt, they could come in and convince me to support them, but no, many of their candidates view “Go on Fox News” as grounds for kicking you out of the party.

Article Details:
Koopa Kingdom Immigration Family Relocation Services
07/05/2019
Topic and Positivity:
Immigration
Negative
Description:
This article's implication is that President Donald John Trump's administration was not properly handling the migrant/refugee crisis at the Southern border (outright calling the situation “simply unacceptable”), and thus America needs Koopa Kingdom's advice. ...Though we can't directly offer our services.

Article Details:
Reggie Fils-Aime Gets POLITICAL About GUNS and GAMES!
08/06/2019
Topic and Positivity:
Violent Videogames
Negative
Description:
Once again, President Donald John Trump responded to a multiple-death shooting incident in the United States with incoherent mentions of violent videogames being commonplace in the country. Some in the videogame industry were expressing their idea that gun ownership is to blame for shootings happening, and that's also an incorrect sentiment.

Article Details:
The Trump That Saved Christmas From Tariffs On China...Because of Game Boy Camera Lies?
08/13/2019
Topic and Positivity:
Trade Policy
Neutral
Description:
It's good that the President delayed tariffs on the videogame industry until after the holiday season, but it's not good that he set them to begin with.

Article Details:
The Mid-October China Tariff Cease-Fire Helps Farmers, Not Gamers
10/4/2019
Topic and Positivity:
Trade Policy
Negative
Description:
By now, we're upset that President Donald John Trump is using the videogame industry as a bargaining industry in its tariff activity. But he's also downplaying the protesting situation in Hong Kong as a show of good faith with China at the negotiating table. (Not going to get its own article, but something to note: The tariffs on the videogame industry products was dropped, but no substantial trade deal was actually made from it. All for nothing.)

Article Details:
Koopa Kingdom Celebrates Game Over of ISIS Founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
10/28/2019
Topic and Positivity:
Foreign Policy
Positive
Description:
Any anti-ISIS activity is a big applause line from KoopaTV, though those opportunities have now waned because ISIS is pretty much gone now.

Topic Positive Neutral Negative
General Trump 0 0 2
Daylight Savings Time 1 0 0
Justice 1 0 0
Immigration 0 0 1
Violent Videogames 0 0 1
Trade Policy 0 1 1
Foreign Policy 1 0 0
Sum 3 1 5


Yes, once again there were only 9 articles in the past year. And once again, KoopaTV had net-negative coverage of President Donald John Trump.

Think about those stats the next time someone tells you that KoopaTV exists to be a Trump-promoting political site. That's statistically way off-base!


The ratios and article amounts might end up shifting and increasing dramatically between 2020 and 2021, due to the fact that KoopaTV will have general election coverage. Still, for now, that makes two years in a row where there is net-negative coverage, which may suggest an undue negative bias that KoopaTV should work on. Let KoopaTV know in the comments section your thoughts on that.

2 comments :

  1. Yyyyyeah...my impression was that you were the most excited when he was president-elect and it rather dropped off comparatively after that. I've never really thought at all that KoopaTV was blindly praising Trump, and quite frankly I wouldn't still be here if you had been. Occasional political leanings that I disagree with aren't a big deal to me.

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    1. Several people, who don't read this site, have described KoopaTV in the way I described!

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