TRUMP WINS MEDIA BATTLE
There is a reason why the mainstream news media and the Democratic Party are in an uproar: They’ve been left out of the political equation by a player who understands the game better than they do. And that player is President Trump, who has conducted a masterful war against his media foes over the last 72 hours, launching a series of strategic tweets that deemed the hostile press not only “fake” but “fraudulent.”
The president himself recently declared that he was the victor to his 31 million Twitter followers, adding one more telling tweet that summarizes his skill set: “My use of social media is not Presidential — it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL,” Mr. Trump advised.
“Trump is Trump. He does what he does, which is what he did during the campaign and before. And now, in the White House, he has enlisted his media adversaries, wittingly or not, in a campaign against ‘fake news’ that resonates with his core supporters,” writes Byron York, a columnist for the Washington Examiner, who says that those who engage in “sloppy fights” with Mr. Trump often emerge diminished in the aftermath.
“President Trump knows how to communicate directly with his supporters by using Twitter and having campaign-style rallies. His supporters like this because they see President Trump fight the mainstream media,” writes J. Marsalo, a contributor to American Thinker, who adds that journalists fear Mr. Trump is making them irrelevant.
This phenomenon has been building for a while. In March, a Morning Consult poll made this conclusion: Trump scandals “make his voters like him more,” revealing that, among other things, Mr. Trump’s claim that the news media “is an enemy of the people” caused his favorability numbers to rise by 31 percentage points among those who support him.
“As we know now, most of the media totally missed Trump’s appeal to millions upon millions of Americans. The prejudice against him blinded those news organizations to what was happening in the country. Even more incredibly, I believe the bias and hostility directed at Trump backfired. The feeling that the election was, in part, a referendum on the media, gave some voters an extra incentive to vote for Trump. A vote for him was a vote against the media and against Washington,” writes Michael Goodwin, a New York Post columnist. Publishers. Americans are pretty suspicious already.
“They’re convinced that the truth is being hidden from them on a massive scale. That someone is manipulating what they see on the news and online. Conspiring to hide select facts and advance particular narratives. Colluding on plots to smear certain people,” Ms Attkisson writes. “Their suspicions are correct, even if their notion of truth is often confused. In fact, the confusion is often by grand design.
Ms. Attkisson, who also hosts the syndicated Sunday talk show “Full Measure,” recently compared her findings with Katerina Matsa, a Pew Research Center analyst.
“In the early days of the Trump administration, what did you learn about whether Americans feel that news media criticism of political leaders is productive, or not productive?” Ms. Attkisson asked her guest.
“That was one of the widest gaps that we saw between Republicans and Democrats, basically on the media as watchdog, or what we say is the watchdog role,” Ms. Matsa replied. “Nearly 90 percent of Democrats say news media criticism serves to keep leaders in line. But less than half of Republicans — 42 percent — say the same.”
She noted that in early 2016, support for the media’s watchdog role was about the same among Democrats (74 percent) and Republicans (77 percent.)
President Trump’s responses to negative media reports only make his fans adore him all the more, a survey finds.