Perception that media is unfair toward Trump actually helping him with some voters
Dennis Dixon didn’t vote for Donald J. Trump. For the first time in his 46 years, the self-described “moderate Midwestern Republican” sat out a presidential election because he was less than thrilled with both major candidates. “I wrote in John Kasich,” he says, with a trace of humor.Zito was one of the few in the media who saw the movement toward Trump that led to his victory against Hillary Clinton. I think I know how people like Dixon feel. When I see unfair reporting, I see it as a loss of credibility of the media, not Trump.
Dixon stands in the showroom of Griffiths Furniture along West Main Street — a charming business district, its sidewalks decorated with grape-vine etchings to celebrate the produce for which this Ohio wine region is known. He is not one of those voters who doesn’t wish success for the president.
Quite the contrary, in fact.
“If he continues to stick to his guns and do what he is doing, I’d vote for him if he ran again,” Dixon says.
He may not have liked the candidate but he is “enjoying the heck out of his presidency.”
What he likes about Trump is his determination on certain issues, “but he is also willing to show flexibility when it counts. That is the kind of outside non-politician behavior that attracted a lot of voters to him.”
He also is frustrated by the way the national press treats Trump in comparison to President Obama: “They really do not give him a fair shake.”
In fact, some of that perceived bias impacts how Dixon views Trump: Instead of pushing him away from the president, he is more intrigued by him.
Dixon’s opinion defies the conventional wisdom of national news outlets, which still seem unable to grasp that Trump’s supporters aren’t going anywhere for the moment and that they view his approach to the presidency as successful.