The media likes to tell the story that Trump has a “credibility crisis.”
But are they just using it as a cover up for their own credibility issues?
One new poll destroys the media’s myth surrounding their coverage of Trump.
Americans increasingly distrust the so-called “mainstream” media.
A recent Gallup poll found 62 percent of Americans believe the press favors one party over another.
That includes 79 percent of Republicans.
And 90 percent of Republicans think the media is biased against them.
Chris Cillizza wrote on CNN:
“If there’s been one consistent thread through Donald Trump’s relatively brief political career, it’s this: The media are bad, biased and generally terrible people.
New polling from Gallup suggests that Trump’s view of the media is widely shared among the very Republicans who helped fuel his rise the 2016 primaries.
More than six in 10 people (62%) say that the media “favors one party over the other.” That’s a significant increase from the 48% who said the media favors one side over the other when Gallup last asked the question in 2003. And that change is almost entirely attributable to Republicans growing more and more convinced that the media is biased; 79% of self-identified Republicans now describe the media as biased, as compared to 59% who said the same in 2003.
Not surprisingly given those numbers, almost two-thirds of those polled said that the media favors Democrats. Just 22% said the media is biased in favor of Republicans. Almost nine in 10 Republicans believe that the media is biased against their side.”
Cillizza complains about the lack of trust in the media and whines about how Trump will further attack the media:
“Trump didn’t invent the public’s distrust of the media. But man, did he capitalize on it. And numbers like these from Gallup suggest you’ll be hearing much more about the dishonest media and the so-called “fake news” as his term in office progresses.”
But Trump has good reason to attack the press.
And CNN is a perfect example.
The network actively engaged in covering up the revelations that Susan Rice had unmasked Trump officials in intelligence reports.
Their chief national security correspondent – Jim Sciutto – claimed there was nothing to the story and called it a “distraction”.
But Sciutto was a former Obama administration official and also worked with Rice’s husband when they both were at ABC.
His assertion looked more like trying to cover for a friend than actual reporting.
And CNN’s Don Lemon declared he would not cover the story.
Fox News reports:
“CNN’s Don Lemon slammed President Donald Trump for seizing on the Susan Rice “unmasking” story to support his claim that Trump Tower was surveilled by the Obama administration.
He declared to his viewers that he would not be covering the story, as other mainstream outlets also refused to mention it last night.
“There is no evidence whatsoever that the Trump team was spied on illegally,” Lemon said on “CNN Tonight.” “There is no evidence that backs up the president’s original claim.”
“And on this program tonight, we will not insult your intelligence by pretending otherwise, nor will we aid and abet the people who are trying to misinform you, the American people, by creating a diversion,” he added.”
CNN has it backwards.
The fake news is the Russia scandal.
No evidence or allegations of wrongdoing have been produced.
Trump has called the story a hoax.
In fact, the real truth may be that the media is using their fake news Russia story as their “distraction” from the true scandal – that the Obama administration spied on their political opponents and then criminally leaked the contents for political gain.