First, he took out “Lyin’ Ted.” Then, he bested “Crooked Hillary.” Now, he’s taking on his biggest opponent yet: “very fake news.” And if a new Emerson College poll is in any indication, President Donald Trump is winning this one as well.
The poll, released earlier this month, showed more voters trusted the president than the media by a 10-point margin, showing just how much trust in the mainstream media has eroded.
According to the poll, 49 percent of Americans trusted the Trump administration, as opposed to 48 percent who didn’t. This is a lot better than the media, which had 39 percent of people who trusted it as opposed to 55 percent of people who didn’t.
“The partisan split on this topic is clear — 89 percent of Republicans find the Trump administration truthful, versus 77 percent of Democrats who find the administration untruthful. Conversely, 69 percent of Democrats find the news media truthful, while a whopping 91 percent of Republicans consider them untruthful. Independents consider both untruthful,” Emerson reported.
A Gallup poll found similar results. The Hill reported that only 32 percent of Americans said they trust the media, with only 14 percent of Republicans having any trust in it.
Can you blame us? After all, we’ve seen just how exaggerated — and sometimes, outright fake — the media’s take on the Trump administration has been. There is no bar too low for them to limbo under in order to make the president (and anyone who supports him) look dangerous and evil.
Americans aren’t stupid. They know when they’re being lied to, and the media are certainly lying to them. And when the Trump points this out — as White House strategist Steve Bannon did Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference — the press actually has the temerity to claim that he’s somehow violating the First Amendment.
If the media started being fair again, maybe America would start trusting them again.
But that’s a very big if.
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