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Pres­i­dent Trump has been in of­fice for 266 days. He never got that tra­di­tional press hon­ey­moon. The non-stop cov­er­age in­stead is filled with fake news, tweaked polls, false nar­ra­tives, weaponized talk­ing points, per­sonal in­sults and in­cen­di­ary lan­guage. Through­out it all, Mr. Trump has per­fected the art of the nim­ble push­back. But he’s not alone in this on­go­ing bat­tle. Vot­ers them­selves dis­ap­prove of the on­go­ing press an­tics, while stal­wart White House staffers con­tinue to keep the me­dia at bay.

One in par­tic­u­lar is not happy with the news he en­coun­ters. “I’m a rea­son­able guy. But when I read in the morn­ing, when I watch TV in the morn­ing, it is astounding to me how much is mis­re­ported. I will give you the ben­e­fit of the doubt that you are op­er­at­ing off of con­tacts, leaks — what­ever you call them. But I would just of­fer to you the ad­vice. I would say maybe de­velop some bet­ter sources,” said White House chief of staff John Kelly dur­ing an ap­pear­ance be­fore a rest­less gag­gle of jour­nal­ists on Thurs­day who were ea­gerly ex­plor­ing ru­mors that Mr. Kelly might leave his po­si­tion.

Mr. Kelly’s ad­vice un­der­scores Mr. Trump’s vex­a­tion with an of­ten hos­tile me­dia which con­tin­ues to ig­nore bona fide ad­min­is­tra­tion ac­com­plish­ments, leg­isla­tive vic­to­ries and pos­i­tive news about the econ­omy. In­stead, the press flocks around re­peat themes; de­scrib­ing the “chaos” in Wash­ing­ton is a per­fect ex­am­ple.

Mean­while, a ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans agree with Mr. Trump about the press: 60 per­cent of the na­tion’s vot­ers dis­ap­prove of the way the news me­dia cov­ers Mr. Trump — a per­cent­age that has steadily in­creased since he took of­fice ac­cord­ing to Quin­nip­iac Univer­sity, which con­ducted the poll. Re­pub­li­can are par­tic­u­larly vexed with the press, the poll found: 90 per­cent of them dis­ap­prove of me­dia treat­ment of Mr. Trump, along with 62 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents and even 29 per­cent of Democrats.

Two thirds of men in the sur­vey also agree with the as­sess­ment — along with 64 per­cent of white re­spon­dents, 59 per­cent of both His­pan­ics and col­lege grad­u­ates, 54 per­cent of women and 32 per­cent of black re­spon­dents.


A calm White House chief of staff John Kelly wran­gles the press corps on Thurs­day af­ter­noon. He nim­bly pushed back against ru­mors.

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