Media hostility to Trump opposed by majority
The mainstream media's open hostility to President Trump may be starting to backfire, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll.The media opposition has recently drifted into incoherence after Trump challenged Obama over the reported wiretaps of his campaign. The negative coverage is not only backfiring with the public, but it leading to blowback against the Obama administration that is the source of many of these stories.
The poll found that 55% of the public says they've grown "weary from the media's persistently negative coverage of President Trump." A roughly equal share (54%) also believe that the news media "has assumed the role of the opposition party, constantly opposing the president and his policies at every turn."
Not surprisingly, Republicans overwhelmingly hold these views (88% say they're tired of the relentless negativity), but the media's attacks are also turning off independents (55% of whom say they're weary of the negative coverage) and moderates (54% of whom are weary). Most also believe that the press has assumed the role of the opposition party.
The poll, conducted from Feb. 24 through March 4, included 909 responses who were surveyed using live interviewers on cellphone and landlines. It has a margin of error of +/‐ 3.3 percentage points.
The results are understandable, given the unusually hostile relationship the press has with Trump.
A study by the nonpartisan group Media Tenor found that only 3% of network news stories in the first month of the Trump administration could be described as positive. Of the rest, 43% were deemed negative, and 54% neutral. That's a stark contrast to the overwhelmingly positive coverage of the early Obama administration, despite the fact that Obama had his own share of early stumbles.