Nearly Half of US Voters Believe Mainstream Media Creates Fake News About Trump
A Morning Consult/Politico poll released on Wednesday found that almost half of American voters believe major news organizations fabricate stories about President Donald Trump.
The survey showed that 46 percent of registered voters agree that major media outlets create fake news, while only 37 percent disagreed, according to the Washington Examiner. Among Republicans, 75 percent believe the media make up stories about Trump.
The poll was conducted on Oct. 12-16, months after CNN was forced to retract a story about the Trump campaign’s supposed ties to Russia, as Western Journalism has previously reported.
In June, 2016, three CNN employees were forced to resign, including reporter Thomas Frank, editor Eric Lichtblau and Lex Haris, who oversaw the investigations unit that created the retracted story.
CNN also issued an apology to Anthony Scaramucci, a Trump fundraiser and transition team member whose business dealings had been wrongfully implicated in the story. Scaramucci would later be appointed White House communications director, a position he held for less than two weeks.
At the time, Trump took to Twitter to comment on CNN’s retraction.
“So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC? What about the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost? They are all Fake News!” he said.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2017
Voters’ perspectives on the media may have also been swayed by recent NBC News report that claimed that Trump had called for a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
Trump denied the report and responded to it on Twitter.
“Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a “tenfold” increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!” Trump wrote.
Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017
Trump has also suggested that the partisan bias of media outlets could result in their broadcasting licenses being revoked, though the poll also revealed that 51 percent of respondents did not agree the federal government should have the power to do this.
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