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Trump's 'Fake News' Mantra Resonates With Americans

Trump's 'Fake News' Mantra Resonates With Americans
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By Thursday, 16 November 2017 11:08 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Perhaps Donald Trump’s persistent accusation of media bias is beginning to resonate with the American people. Since the billionaire real estate mogul began his quest for the White House in 2015, he has consistently branded most of the mainstream media “fake news.”

A new poll released Tuesday indicates his message may be hitting home. According to Quinnipiac, 58 percent of Americans disapprove of the media coverage of President Donald Trump.

It should be noted that 54 percent still trust the media more than they trust the president. But 53 percent say the media focuses too much on negative stories about Trump compared to 42 percent who say they do not, but 57 percent say they do not believe the stories are made up compared to 39 percent who do.

That is a quantum leap from past polling. It appears that discerning Americans are becoming more aware of the media’s overall bias to Donald Trump and their liberal bent on news in general.

Last month the president predicted that Americans were beginning to understand his words “fake news.” He publicly called out their one-sided practices and threatened NBC's broadcast licenses because he was not happy with how its news division had covered him.

Although his threats were seen as tongue-in-cheek, he has specifically targeted The New York Times, CNN, and NBC with his fake news narrative in the past. It is unclear what the president feels can be done to eliminate media bias, if anything.

In October, a Politico poll found 46 percent of voters believe the news media fabricates news stories about Trump and his administration. The liberal organization cannot be construed as being a friend of Trump.

The mindset of media-readers and viewers is obviously becoming more astute to the liberal slant they provide. The Quinnipiac poll was conducted from Nov. 7-13 and included surveys with 1,577 voters across the country reached via cellphone or landline. It has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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