The way President Donald Trump tells it, the media makes up news on the regular. His accusations of “fake news” started during his campaign, and have served as a rallying cry throughout. Trump’s radical base takes up the mantle more often than not, but as Trump’s trustworthiness continues to erode, the tables begin to turn.
The Hill recently reported that public trust in the news media is increasing, as trust in the Trump administration decreases, new data from Reuters-Ipsos reveals. The poll found that 48% of adults surveyed have a “great deal” or “some” confidence in the press, an 11-point increase from last November. Forty-five percent have “hardly any” confidence in the press, down from 51%. By contrast, 48% of Americans have a “great deal” or “some” confidence in the president, down from 52% in January. While fake news does exist, outlets like NPR have devised ways to differentiate fact from fiction. Tools like Politifact also check the accuracy of Trump’s statements, as well as the news reports themselves. Some browser plugins can also help.
We took a look at some of the stories Trump rolls out as evidence of “fake news,” and how the media has responded. But first: the latest from the tweeter in chief.
Who’s the real “enemy of the American people?”
Trump and the media have been locked in battle since his campaign. He famously called the press, “the enemy of the American people,” and routinely attacks news reports he doesn’t like. On Thursday, Trump tweeted, “Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!” That comes the day after he attacked NBC for reporting that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron”.
Tillerson held a news conference in which he did not deny it. Instead he said, “I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that.” That didn’t stop Trump from claiming later in the day that NBC’s report was “totally refuted” and “made up.” Trump also tweeted about the “fake news” after criticism of his Puerto Rico trip.
On the heels of his trip to Puerto Rico, he took to Twitter to slam the “Fake News Media” for not reporting the “truth,” ABC reported. “Wow, so many Fake News stories today. No matter what I do or say, they will not write or speak truth. The Fake News Media is out of control!” Trump tweeted.
Unlike the commander-in-chief, most news media owns up to its mistakes. The first scandal saw three media execs resign.