A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds that slightly more than half of Americans think that the media’s coverage of President Trump has been too critical.
The poll found that 51% of Americans think the media is too critical of the President, though 41% feel the coverage has been fair and objective, with 6% saying the media haven’t been tough enough.
A slightly larger majority—53%—believes that the news media have exaggerated problems in the Trump administration, while 45% don’t believe that to be the case.
The biggest surprise came from the 40% of poll respondents who cited MSNBC as their primary news source. They said that they agreed that “the news media and other elites are exaggerating the problems of the Trump administration, because they are uncomfortable and threatened by the kind of change that Trump represents.”
Since taking office, Trump has waged a very public battle with the liberal media and their penchant for “fake news,” in an effort to discredit his administration. Even though only a slight majority believe that the media have been too harsh on him, it’s enough for him to continue his attacks on the media—much to their consternation.