Media Negatives or Trump Positives?

It’s been a year and a half of record animosity between the media and President Trump. But, the irony, says White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, is that the negative coverage may have actually had the opposite effect. And it takes just a quick glance at the ratings and Americans’ trust in the media to see why.

For President Trump, who never backed down from a fight, the one the U.S. press is waging on him is fierce. Just last week, Media Research Center released its latest report on bias, and found that a whopping 90 percent of the media’s coverage of this president is negative. That’s interesting, MRC points out, since his approval ratings actually climbed. While the public is warming to the administration — thanks to the White House’s breakthroughs on taxes, judges, national security, and Israel, North Korea, and Iran.

Still, MRC explains, “There’s no precedent for a President receiving such a sustained level of negative press over such a long period of time. The fact that the public has become more favorable towards the President in this environment is the latest sign that the media watchdog’s bite isn’t as menacing as their bark suggests.” Kellyanne agrees. In an interview about the inroads that President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have made with Kim Jong Un, she shakes her head at the liberals who insist on criticizing progress no other administration has made.

John Brennan, Obama’s CIA director, lashed out at the president for being “duped” by Kim Jong Un. Kellyanne fired back:

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These are decidedly nonpartisan issues… And I would hope that someone who was involved in the previous administration could at least see the prospects, the prospect, of opening up relations there and denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

North Korea has already, in the gift of this president’s leadership, released those three Americans back here, and even then people couldn’t just applaud it and say isn’t that a wonderful day for those three men to be free. They had to make it partisan and political, and I think that’s partly why the president’s poll numbers are improving because people are so tired of the reflexive invective and… the irrationality of not being able to say today was a good day for America.

These are the moments that should unite us as a country. Instead, it’s exposing the press for what it is: irrationally biased and untrustworthy. “The lifeblood of democracy is a common understanding of the facts and information that we can then use as a basis for negotiation and for compromise,” said David Bersoff, the lead researcher for a new Edelman report on the collapse of the media’s credibility. “When that goes away, the whole foundation of democracy gets shaken.”

Reasonable liberals recognize the damage the press’s crusade is doing. “It’s time for the Democrats to stop bashing President Trump,” wrote former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

Like it or not, a significant number of Americans are actually happy these days. They are making money. They feel safe, and they agree with the president’s protectionist trade policies, his call for more American jobs, even his immigration stance. The jobs growth reports, the North Korea summit and the steady economy are beating out the Stormy Daniels scandal and the Robert Mueller investigation in Middle America, hands down. So you are not going to win back the House by making it all about him.

The truth is, he argues, “President Trump’s policies remain popular with many Americans, which means Democrats need to find a campaign strategy beyond just bashing him. Trump is more popular than Dems want to admit.” Meanwhile, the media’s strategy is as obvious as it is flawed. What they don’t realize, Allen West warns, is that they’ve “assimilat[ed] their hatred of one man, President Donald Trump, into a hatred of our nation.” And voters, as we saw in 2016, don’t take kindly to that.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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