The media’s hatred of Donald Trump is all consuming.

Journalists never pass up an opportunity to smear the President.

But members of the press crossed the line when they spread this massive lie about the President.

Americans were horrified to learn of the tragic shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.

A deranged gunman – who had lost a defamation case against the paper in 2011 – stormed into the newspaper’s office with a shotgun and murdered five staff members in cold blood.

It was a horrific massacre.

Immediately after the news broke – and without having any facts surrounding the tragedy yet – members of the media pounced to exploit the tragedy for political gain.

Journalists raced to social media to blame President Trump for the shooting because of his so-called “war” on the media.

These reporters were spreading fake news and lies.

The killer was not motivated by ideology or President Trump.

This shooter had a long running feud with the paper and his act of madness was a personal vendetta.

It was a horrific tragedy, but it had nothing to do with Donald Trump calling the so-called “mainstream” media “fake news” at campaign rallies.

Journalists jumping to conclusions to spread smears about the President on social media explains the results of a recent Axios/Survey Monkey poll.

The poll found that 72 percent of Americans believe news outlets report stories they know to be fake or false on purpose.

That number spiked to 92 percent among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

Journalists not waiting for authorities to gather all the facts about the tragedy at the Capital Gazette help fuel this distrust of the media.

The day of horrific events like this is supposed to be a time for mourning and grieving for the victims and their families.

Instead, members of the media use it to score political points at Trump’s expense.

Americans distrust the press because members of the media give them ample reason to.

In the wake of the shooting, Donald Trump tweeted his sympathies to the reporters and editors who were killed in the horrible tragedy.

“Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.”

But when President Trump returned to the White House from Wisconsin, the media shouted questions at him as he walked back to the residence.

NBC ignored Trump’s previous expression of sympathy to the victims and gave the impression that Trump either didn’t care or was even happy about the shooting.

It was a grotesque framing of events.

Recently the New York Times published a story where one of their reporters interviewed Trump supporters around the country.

The reporter found – much to his astonishment – that the drumbeat of negative coverage bonded Trump supporters even closer to the President.

Trump supporters see the attacks as unfair and the journalists shaping the coverage as biased partisans out to get the President.

Members of the media blaming Trump for a shooting he had nothing to do with and then trying to frame him as a cold hearted monster will only strengthen the bond between the President and his supporters.

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