VOTERS AGREE: THE MEDIA MISTREATS TRUMP
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.