A Look At Recent Media Coverage Of The Trump Presidency

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President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One at the White House, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Washington. Trump is traveling to New York for a fundraising event. Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

A new poll shows that most supporters of President Donald Trump agree with his statement that the media is “the enemy of the American people.” We discuss what’s driving the sentiment and examine recent media coverage of Trump and his administration.

According to research from YouGov, the anti-media feeling was shared by more than 60 percent of those who said they approve of Trump. In terms of party lines, just 19 percent of Republicans or those who lean Republican say they have at least “a fair amount” of confidence in the press. Among Democrats or Democratic-leaning respondents, 74 percent said they feel that way, a 23 percent jump from last year.

In February, Trump tweeted that the “fake news media” – referring to the New York Times, NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN – is “the enemy of the American people.” He’s sparred with the media during his candidacy and throughout his presidency so far.

On Saturday, ABC News suspended Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross for four weeks without pay after flubbing an “exclusive” about Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Ross reported on Friday that Flynn would testify Trump, while still a candidate, ordered him to make contact with Russia about foreign policy. Hours later, ABC News issued a “clarification,” saying that Trump’s alleged command happened after he won the election.

How do you rate the media coverage of the Trump presidency? Has it generally been fair or hostile? Do you see it as the enemy of the American people? What’s your take on the Brian Ross story? Weigh in at 1-800-642-1234 or ideas@wpr.org. You can also tweet us @wprmornings or post on the Ideas Network Facebook page.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Joshua Darr Guest

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