Like him or not, President Donald Trump’s continued complaints about “fake media” have gained traction with almost half of American voters, and new revelations from Pew Research might just bolster the president’s arguments.
Politico reported Wednesday that 46 percent of voters “believe the news media fabricate news stories about President Donald Trump and his administration.”
This comes on the heels of a Pew report that revealed, “…stories that included his tweets stood out from those that did not. They were more likely to have a negative assessment of the administration’s words and actions and to include a challenge by the journalist to something Trump or a member of his administration said…” during the early days of his administration.
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Also on Wednesday, an opinion piece by Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett suggested that the same people now investigating the president’s alleged involvement with Russia apparently “covered up” Hillary Rodham Clinton’s own dealings with the Russians that brought millions of dollars in donations to the Clinton Foundation and cash to husband, former President Bill Clinton.
Jarrett cited “Damning new evidence (that) appears to show that Hillary Clinton used her office as Secretary of State to confer benefits to Russia in exchange for millions of dollars in donations to her foundation..” That information came from stories in The Hill and Circa.
Now the president has ramped up his complaints against the “fake media” for essentially ignoring these allegations involving Clinton dating back seven years while focusing on reports about him.
“Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn’t want to follow!” Trump asserted in a tweet quoted by Fox News.
Presently, news reports seem to be far more interested in what the president did or did not say to the widow of a fallen soldier than about the serious implications involving a uranium deal with a Russian firm during the first Obama administration.
According to Fox News, the Politico/Morning Consult survey released Wednesday also shows that 37 percent of voters don’t believe the media manufactures stories about Trump. However, the story described a “gargantuan partisan divide” in their survey. The online poll shows 65 percent of Democrats doubt stories about the president are fabricated and only 20 percent of Democrats thing they are. On the other hand, 76 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of independents think some stories about Trump are fabricated.
The dominant media might be treading on thinning ice if increasing numbers of American voters think they are fabricating stories about the president. Credibility is really the only thing the press has going for it, and if that is lost, the Fourth Estate may as well consider itself the Fifth Column.