Trump Scandals vs. Obama Scandals: What the Numbers Show

In the closing days of the Obama administration, the press lauded a presidency they asserted had been largely free of scandal. When the White House itself argued it had escaped major scandal over its eight years, the Washington Post's fact-checker stayed neutral, declining to refute its claims. In contrast, the word "scandal" has become a common refrain in media descriptions of the Trump presidency. Yet a closer look shows that during Barack Obama's second term, the media used "scandal" to refer to his administration almost as often as they have the Trump administration.

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