The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

For­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama re­cently has re-emerged as a stri­dent po­lit­i­cal force for his party, crit­i­ciz­ing Pres­i­dent Trump for deem­ing the news me­dia “an en­emy of the peo­ple,” among other things. His com­ments prompted some to re­call Mr. Obama’s re­la­tion­ship with the press while in of­fice.

“He blamed many bad things in the coun­try on peo­ple watch­ing Fox News. He claimed it was on ev­ery bar in the coun­try. He tried to freeze out Fox News in mul­ti­ple in­stances. He spied on re­porters. He’s one of the worst pres­i­dents when it comes to ac­tual ac­tions when it comes to the me­dia,” the Fed­er­al­ist se­nior ed­i­tor Mol­lie Hem­ing­way told Fox News.

“Pres­i­dent Trump speaks against the press in a way that does not live up to what we would hope to hear in terms of free­dom of the press. But when it comes to ac­tual ac­tions taken against the me­dia, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion was bad — and the me­dia didn’t care. When Don­ald Trump lightly crit­i­cizes the press, they boy­cott him, they freak out about the White House press din­ner,” Ms. Hem­ing­way con­tin­ued. “When it comes to ac­tual ac­tions taken, and at­tempts to spy on re­porters or go af­ter them, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion was very bad. And the me­dia didn’t have the same re­ac­tion to it that they do to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.” whether that trust is lost for good,” ad­vises the poll, re­leased Tues­day.

“Most U.S. adults, in­clud­ing more than nine in 10 Repub­li­cans, say they per­son­ally have lost trust in the news me­dia in re­cent years. At the same time, 69 per­cent of those who have lost trust say that trust can be re­stored,” the anal­y­sis says, not­ing that the big­gest crit­i­cisms were lack of ac­cu­racy and bias.

“69 per­cent of U.S. adults in the cur­rent sur­vey say their trust in the news me­dia has de­creased in the past decade. Just 4 per­cent say their trust has in­creased, while 26 per­cent in­di­cate their trust has not changed. Repub­li­cans (94 per­cent) and po­lit­i­cal con­ser­va­tives (95 per­cent) are nearly unan­i­mous in say­ing their trust in the me­dia has de­creased in the past decade. How­ever, de­clin­ing trust is not just con­fined to the po­lit­i­cal right — 75 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents and 66 per­cent of mod­er­ates in­di­cate they are less trust­ing than they were 10 years ago.”

Find more num­bers in the Poll du Jour at col­umn’s end.

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