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“It’s not about the me­dia, sir. Hit­ting the me­dia is al­ways a crutch for you guys.” NBC “Meet the Press“host Chuck Todd told Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence, who had sug­gested in an ap­pear­ance Sun­day that the press typ­i­cally un­der­played Don­ald Trump’s ac­com­plish­ments.

But alas, pub­lic re­search dis­putes Mr. Todd’s sen­ti­ment, and has for quite some time.

Vot­ers have con­sis­tently said they thought the me­dia was against Mr. Trump in as­sorted polls — even as far back as a year ago. Al­most half the re­spon­dents in a Ras­mussen Re­ports sur­vey said that was the case in a poll dated Dec. 9, 2015.

More re­cent find­ings re­veal in­ten­si­fied re­sults in the lead-up to Elec­tion Day: 55 per­cent said the press was against Mr. Trump in Quin­nip­iac Univer­sity sur­vey on Oct. 19; 56 per­cent agreed with that in a sim­i­lar AP/GFK poll on Oct. 27. An­other 75 per­cent said the press “wanted Hil­lary Clin­ton to win the elec­tion” in a USA Today poll on Nov. 1.

And when all was said and done, the pub­lic still sided with Mr. Trump. A Me­dia Re­search cen­ter post-elec­tion poll found that sixout-of-10 vot­ers said the press clearly fa­vored Mrs. Clin­ton, while 78 per­cent pro­nounced elec­tion cov­er­age had a lib­eral bias.

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