According to a new poll, around half of Americans believe that many of the stories in the media about President Trump and his administration are fabricated.
Politico/Morning Consult found that 46% of American voters are convinced the mainstream media make up news stories about the President. Just 37% think the media is totally honest when covering Trump and his presidency, with 17% being undecided on the issue.
The number of Republican voters who agree with the statement is even higher. According to the survey, 76% of Republicans and 20% of Democrats think the U.S. press is knowingly spreading falsehoods about the President. Sixty-five percent of Democratic voters disagree with the statement.
Around 28% of Americans think the U.S. government should found a way of sanctioning news organizations that make up stories, like withdrawing their broadcast licenses. Fifty-one percent of respondents don’t think withdrawing the licenses would be a good thing. Slightly more than 20% are undecided.
The latest survey involved 1,991 American voters and has a margin of error of 2%. The poll was carried out from Oct. 12 to Oct. 16.
Trump Blasts Fake News Media Once More
Pollsters decided to learn America’s stance on President Trump’s claims that the mainstream media is undermining his presidency after a Trump tweet stating that some broadcast licenses should be revoked.
“Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked,”
the President tweeted last week, arguing that the move would benefit the public.
A FCC official said over the weekend that no one is going to take away the licenses just because the Trump administration is disgruntled with the negative press. FCC’s chair explained last week that his agency doesn’t have the power to revoke the licenses based on content alone.
Earlier this week, President Trump accused the press once more of distorting the truth for their own agenda. The Commander in Chief called journalists at some major news networks “fiction writers.”
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