Mainstream media and Donald Trump

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The relationship between the Mainstream media and Donald Trump has been problematic. On the one hand "the mainstream media consists of journalists reporting on what Trump supporters and critics say about various issues. Some people also factor in what the opinion columnists and editorial writers include. On the other hand, "the Donald Trump" viewpoint is also reflected by the White House communications office, other government spokesmen, various surrogates with talking points and Donald Trump himself. This article reports all views on their interactions.

According to the mainstream media, Donald Trump and his administration have "told many lies" since his inauguration.[1] On January 22, the Mainstream media attacked Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway’s "alternative facts" statement to do with crowd size during the swearing-in ceremony with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer earlier on causing a stir, claiming that Trump presided, "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe."[2]

A study published close to the 100th-day mark of Trump's presidency found that 89% of media coverage regarding President Trump was negative.[3][4] A similar study conducted by the Harvard Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy released in May 2017 found that 80% of the mainstream media coverage over Trump (including outlets such as Fox News Channel and The Wall Street Journal) was negative.[5][6] Additionally, Trump was on track to become the most mocked president on late-night comedy TV in at least 25 years.[7] Earlier, during the presidential campaign, 91% of the media coverage concerning Trump was negative and 96% of campaign contributions from the media went to Clinton.[8]

Many of the media's stories against President Trump used anonymous sources.[9]

2016 election and immediate aftermath


While mainstream media coverage of Trump was mainly positive at the onset of his presidential campaign, the closer he came to winning the Republican nomination the more negative coverage became.[10]

General election

The mainstream media was extremely biased against and unfair towards Trump throughout the entire 2016 U.S. presidential election.[11][12] One example of this was Trump's claim that many American Muslims celebrated 9/11, which was confirmed by various sources confirming – or in some cases justifying – his claims.[13]


Also, after the 2016 election, several violent and disturbing anti-Trump attacks occurred throughout the nation against Trump supporters or supposed Trump supporters. Despite these attacks, liberals and leftists only focused on alleged "attacks" by Trump supporters against minorities and others (the leftist narrative, although being blatantly false and one-sided, fits their manufactured narrative that Trump supporters are "racist" and "evil" and that leftists are "tolerant" and "forgiving"). It was found that despite the number of real anti-Trump attacks which went largely unreported, several of the "pro-Trump" attacks were found to be hoaxes.[14]

Trump's inauguration crowd size

On January 21, Spicer gave a five-minute statement to the press and discredited claims originating from CNN that claimed photos proved that the audience for Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration was "significantly larger" than Trump's. He stated the news story was an attempt by the anti-Trump media to "minimize enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall."

Alternative Media in turn attacked CNN for their false reporting, producing a video clearly showing the back areas of the mall partially empty in the morning, hours before the main inauguration event started.[15]

The liberal media reporters also conveniently failed to mention the George Soros-sponsored violence by far-Left rioters and vandals (under the ruse of "protesting") that started hours before Trump's inauguration, that resulted in 217 arrests by the evening.[16]

There were also real fears in the anti-Trump reporting in the lead up to the inauguration, that drones might be used to kill Trump and incoming Vice President Mike Pence, killing scores among the crowd in the process.[17]

Illegal voters

President Donald Trump believes that millions of people voted illegally in the US election. He first made the claim in a tweet in late November 2016.

On January 25, Trump tweeted that he will ask for a major investigation into voter fraud: I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!

According to NPR in 2012, a report by the Pew Center on the States found that more than 1.8 million dead people were registered to vote, and 24 million registrations were either invalid or inaccurate.[18]

A more recent analysis of voting data agrees that Hillary Clinton may have received at least 800,000 votes from illegal aliens.[19]According to Infowars, "it’s worth noting that the 800,000 figure could be a low, conservative estimate."[20]

The liberal cover-up about voter fraud and lies about inaugural crowd size were both repeated during an interview with ABC’s David Muir that aired on January 25.

Firing of U.S. attorneys

When President Trump (and also President George W. Bush) fired federal prosecutors from the Obama Administration, the mainstream media went hysterical, but they had no problem when Presidents Clinton and Obama did the same thing.[21]

Mainstream media's endorsement of anti-Trump vandalism

When reporting of a shameful and criminal act of vandalism some environmentalists committed on one of President Trump's golf courses in March 2017, the leftist Washington Post media called it "a daring act of defiance" before being forced to change its wording.[22]

Lack of reporting on issues

After two immigrant teenagers (at least one was an illegal immigrant) raped another teenager,[23] the mainstream media did very little reporting on the issue, likely because reporting on it would create a more positive view of President Trump's policies.[24][25] On the other hand, the mainstream media spent much time reporting on the fake news story of a rape in the University of Virginia.[26] The White House condemned the crime.[27]

Writing Trump off as a failure at the beginning of his presidency

As in the 2016 presidential election, the mainstream media strongly opposed Trump and wrote him off as a failure early in his presidency, despite his numerous accomplishments by that time.[28]

First 100 days "failure"

Even before President Trump passed the "first 100 days" mark of his presidency, the mainstream media was reporting that he had made no accomplishments, despite much evidence to the contrary.[29][30]

Trump Administration ad

Mainstream media outlets refused to play an ad created by the Trump Administration to promote its achievements during its first 100 days because it called the MSM fake news.[31][32]

Russia and Ukraine meetings coverage

On Mary 10, 2017, President Trump met with both the Russian foreign minister and the foreign minister of Ukraine, though not at the same time. However, the MSM only focused on the former and on alleged Russian collusion with the Trump Administration.[33][34]

Trump's first presidential foreign trip

Rather than focusing on President Trump's achievements during his first presidential foreign trip, the mainstream media focused on numerous meaningless non-stories.[35]


Despite being vocally anti-Trump, the mainstream media failed to note this when covering an arrested NSA leaker.[36]

Comedic critics

Trump is criticized on a daily basis by late night television hosts Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers. John Oliver and Samantha Bee are also constant critics using weekly shows. Trump is on track to become the most mocked president on late-night comedy TV in at least 25 years.[37]

Repealing ObamaCare

A study by the Media Research Center in June 2017 showed strong mainstream media coverage against the GOP's and Trump's effort to repeal ObamaCare as opposed to the effort to originally pass it in 2010.[38]

Hypothetical military orders

The media devoted much time reporting a statement made by a military general, who rightly stated, when asked a hypothetical and silly question, that if President Trump ordered a nuclear strike on China, he would follow his orders.[39]

On July 26, 2017, President Trump announced on Twitter that he would reverse an Obama Administration action and ban transgender people from the military.[40] Despite the fact that this was only an announcement, the mainstream media acted as if the announcement was an official order, until the military stated the obvious, that there would be no ban until Trump provides direction to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.[41] President Trump formally signed the transgender ban on August 25, 2017.[42]

Trump vs. MS-13

Despite MS-13 being a very violent and dangerous gang in the U.S. and Central America, the MSM opposed President Trump's efforts to crack down on the gang and mischaracterized his comments, even to the point of sympathizing with the gang.[43]


In August 2017, after violent and deadly clashes between white supremacists and Antifa activists in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Trump not only strongly criticized the hatred and violence, but, challenging the politically correct attitude of the establishment and the Left, criticized the "many sides" that were responsible for the hatred and violence rather than just the white supremacists.[44] Trump explicitly rejected racism or white supremacism when he urged all Americans to view themselves as Americans first, saying that "above all, we must remember this truth, no matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first."[44] President Trump stood unmoved even after intense media criticism, and in a press conference held a few days later, he again stated that the alt-left was just as responsible for the violence as the alt-right, criticized the media for its one-sidedness and double standards in reporting on the violence, and criticized the Left's opposition to Confederate monuments.[45] As expected, President Trump shocked the mainstream media by his comments,[46] and they distorted his comments to make it seem as if he sympathized with white supremacists.[47][48] At a campaign rally in Arizona on August 22, 2017, President Trump harshly exposed the MSM's liberal bias and deception in their reporting of his public statements after the Charlottesville attacks by actually re-reading his original statements again.[49]

President Trump's response

On February 17, 2017, Trump tweeted: "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"[50]

Fake Time Magazine covers with Trumph's photograph are framed and hung in public areas of seven of his golf courses. Time asked him to remove them.[51]

Fake Time Magazine covers with Trumph's photograph are framed and hung in public areas of seven of his golf courses. Time asked him to remove them.[52]

On February 24, 2017, President Trump excluded several liberal media organizations from attending a press briefing.[53][54]

Phoenix campaign rally

In the days following the death in Charolettsville, political leaders and social media were very critical of Trump's statements regarding white supremacists and the counter demonstrators. Trump responded at a campaign rally in Phoenix on August 22, 2017, and claimed that he had strongly spoke out against the white supremacy groups. He read from his prior statement, but off "on many sides, many sides" making his statement sound as if he condemned one side instead of both sides. He claimed that the media and "fake news" was responsible for deepening divisions in the country.[55] He also discussed several news organizations by name and belittled ABC's George Stephanopoulos for being 5'5" tall.[56]

Polls taken after Charolettsville show that President Trump's approval rating has dropped to 39 percent, and 43 percent blame white supremacists for the violence in Charolettsville.[57]

Donald Trump's association with conservative media

Rather than associate with the leftist mainstream media, Trump has associated himself with the conservative media, particularly Fox News.[58] In April 2017, President Trump hosted a media briefing exclusively for conservative media outlets.[59]

See also


  1. This Week in Trump Administration Lies: ‘Alternative Facts,’ Crowd Size, and More
  2. Trump's Press Secretary Falsely Claims: 'Largest Audience Ever to Witness an Inauguration, Period'
  3. Harper, Jennifer (April 19, 2017). As first 100 days in office approaches, media coverage of Trump is 89% negative: Study. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  4. Noyes, Rich; Ciandella, Mike (April 19, 2017). Honeymoon from Hell: The Liberal Media vs. President Trump. NewsBusters -- Media Research Center. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  5. Richardson, Valerie (May 19, 2017). Harvard agrees: Trump press coverage sets ‘new standard for negativity’. The Washington Times. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  6. Shaw, Adam (May 19, 2017). Study: Media Coverage of Trump’s First 100 Days Set ‘New Standard For Negativity’. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  7. Study: Trump On Track to Be Most Mocked President on Late-Night TV in 25 Years. Breitbart News. May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  8. Bedard, Paul (March 19, 2017). Washington Examiner. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  9. Bozell, Brent; Graham, Tim (May 16, 2017). Bozell & Graham Column: Democracy Dies In Anonymous Sourcing. News Busters. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  10. York, Byron (July 11, 2016). Harvard study: As Trump won, media coverage turned sharply negative. Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  11. Kurtz, Howard (November 11, 2016). Media remain hostile to Donald Trump even as some pundits admit they blew it. Fox News. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  12. Media Bias to the Extreme. November 11, 2016. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  13. Nolte, John (December 2, 2015). Trump 100% Vindicated: CBS Reports ‘Swarm’ On Rooftops Celebrating 9/11. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  14. Facebook Live attack the latest in string of anti-Trump assaults. Fox News. January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  15. CNN Fake News Debunked, Video of Actual Crowd Size at Trump’s Inauguration
  16. Over 200 arrested as Trump protests in Washington turn violent
  17. CNN's anti-Trump reporting takes dark turn
  18. Study: 1.8 Million Dead People Still Registered To Vote
  19. Trump argument bolstered: Clinton could have received 800,000 votes from noncitizens
  20. Trump proven right: millions of dead and invalid voters not included in study showing 800,000 illegals for Hillary!
  21. Media pivots on Trump's prosecutor purge after learning Clinton, Obama did the same. Fox News. March 13, 2017. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  22. Kurtz, Howard (March 14, 2017). Upside-down media: Even anti-Trump vandalism gets good reviews. Fox News. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  23. McHugh, Katie (March 21, 2017). Exclusive—Immigration Expert: Obama’s ‘Catch And Release’ Policy Allowed Illegal Alien Rape Suspects into the U.S. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  24. Bill O'Reilly: Media's treatment of Maryland high school rape 'beyond anything I have ever seen'. Fox News. March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  25. Cashill, Jack (March 22, 2017). Media Bury Rapists' Illegal-Alien Status. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  26. Houck, Curtis (March 23, 2017). Networks censor rape story involving illegal immigrant, but gave 11 minutes in two days to fake UVA rape. Fox News. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  27. Gore, Leada (March 22, 2017). White House responds to reports of high school rape by undocumented immigrants. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  28. Kurtz, Howard (April 3, 2017). Media score a triple-bogey presidency, but Trump is just getting started. Fox News. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  29. Linkins, Jason (April 24, 2017). [ The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  30. Klein, Rick; Walshe, Shushannah (April 24, 2017). ANALYSIS: How Trump accomplished so little yet so much in first 100 days. CNN. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  31. Boyer, Dave (May 5, 2017). Trump campaign says mainstream networks censoring TV ad. The Washington Times. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  32. Bedard, Paul (May 5, 2017). CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC ban Trump 100 Days ad. Washington Examiner. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  33. Goodenough, Patrick (May 12, 2017). Russia’s Foreign Ministry Slams US Media: ‘Colossal Bias …Lack of Independent Thinking’. CNS News. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  34. Golding, Bruce (May 13, 2017). Trump retaliates on Twitter over Russia photos. New York Post. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  35. Hayward, John (May 26, 2017). Top Five Media-Generated Non-Stories from Trump’s Foreign Trip. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  36. Fondacaro, Nicholas (June 7, 2017). Accused NSA leaker Reality Winner's motives a 'mystery' -- At least to ABC, NBC and CBS. Fox News (from NewsBusters). Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  37. Study: Trump On Track to Be Most Mocked President on Late-Night TV in 25 Years. Breitbart News. May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  38. Moran Sean (June 28, 2017). New Study Reveals Media Bias Towards Obamacare over GOP Healthcare Plan. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  39. Klein, Aaron (July 30, 2017). Media Find It Newsworthy that a Top U.S. Commander Would Follow Orders from President Trump. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  40. Wong, Kristina (July 26, 2017). Trump Announces Ban on Transgender People in the U.S. Military. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  41. "Defense chiefs resist Donald Trump's ban on transgender troops", July 27, 2017. Retrieved on July 27, 2017. 
  42. Trump Tells Mattis to Indefinitely Ban Transgender Recruits. Voice of America. August 25, 2017. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  43. Media sympathizes with MS-13, lambasts Trump. Fox News. July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  44. 44.0 44.1 Multiple references: Transcript of President Trump's remarks: A few days later, President Trump mentioned the white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, and neo-Nazis by name:
  45. Multiple references: Transcript of President Trump's remarks: A faulty transcript published by Politico caused mistaken outrage from those on the Left:
  46. Nussbaum, Daniel (August 15, 2017). Establishment Media ‘Shaken’ by Trump Press Conference Comments on Charlottesville. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  49. Multiple references:
  50. Greenwood, Mark (February 17, 2017). Trump tweets: The media is the 'enemy of the American people'. The Hill. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
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  52. "Time Asks Trump Clubs to Drop Fake Magazine Covers", US News & World Report, June 28, 2017. Retrieved on August 27, 2017. 
  53. Fabian, Jordan (February 24, 2017). White House hand-picks select media outlets for briefing. The Hill. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  54. Pollak, Joel B. (February 24, 2017). Media Outrage over White House ‘Exclusion’ is Fake News. Breitbart. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  55. "At Rally, Trump Blames Media for Country’s Deepening Divisions", New York Times, Aug 22, 2017. Retrieved on Aug 26, 2017. 
  56. "Trump mocks 'little' George Stephanopoulos, doubles down on ABC bias claims", August 23, 2017. Retrieved on August 27,2017. 
  57. "Poll: Trump hits new low after Charlottesville", Politico, August 23, 2017. Retrieved on August 26, 2017. 
  58. Stelter, Brian (March 19, 2017). Donald Trump: A Fox News president. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  59. Spiering, Charlie (April 24, 2017). Donald Trump Invites Conservative Media to White House for Exclusive Briefing. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 25, 2017.