Majority Finds Media Coverage Of Trump Is "Too Critical, Exaggerated": WSJ/NBC Poll

Tyler Durden's picture

Three weeks after a poll found that the Trump administration was seen as more "truthful" than the news media, a new WSJ/NBC News poll has found that according to a majority of Americans, the media’s coverage of President Donald Trump has been too critical, although the margin is narrow and the split is once again largely down party lines. While 51% rate the media as too critical of Trump since the presidential election, 41% say the coverage has been fair and objective, while 6% say the media hasn't been critical enough.

Furthermore, a majority of those polled, some 53%, also believes that the news media have exaggerated problems in the Trump administration. 45% say that is not the case.

79% of those whose primary news source is Fox News agreed with the statement 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.” Even large numbers of more-liberal MSNBC audience, 40%, thought that the media had overstated the problems.

The poll failed to provide insight into whether the escalating feud between Trump and the press is working in Trump's, or the media's favor: as the WSJ notes, "it isn’t clear what role Mr. Trump’s barrage of attacks on the fairness and credibility of the press has played in shaping the majority’s opinion that coverage of his administration has been too negative."

Trump's most recent attack on the mainstream media took place at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, when he bashed the media’s use of unnamed government sources and called on reporters to stop the common journalistic practice of reporting news gathered from anonymous sources.

That said, the survey respondents offered strong reactions, both positive and negative, to the president’s outspoken critiques of the media. “I think his views about the press being fake news is horrible and I think it is a fascist viewpoint,” said one respondent.

Others disagreed, and said Trump's assault of the media has been warranted due its "one-sided" coverage. Another person said Trump, in critiques such as calling some mainstream news organizations ”fake,” is doing what he said he would do during his campaign. After covering President Barack Obama for eight years, the media “don’t know what to do with someone who has a different opinion, which is half the country,” the respondent said.

Separately, in the same poll, Trump's job approval rating stood at just 44 percent, a record low for a newly inaugurated commander-in-chief, and half of Americans say that his early challenges suggest unique and systemic problems with his administration. The new rating comes two days before Trump is set to address a joint session of Congress, a State of the Union-style speech in which new presidents typically lay out their vision for the country.

To be expected, Trump's approval split was vast between republicans and democrats. The president's personal favorability rating sootd at 85% positive among Republicans, compared to just 34% positive among independents and nine% among Democrats.

While only 30 percent of those polled overall say that Trump is off to a "great start," 63 percent of Republicans agree. A similar share of Democrats - 58 percent - say that Trump's lack of policy knowledge and his temperament demonstrate that he is not up to the job of being president. In the poll, conducted February 18-22, 48% of Americans said they disapprove of Trump's performance as president and 32% said that his first month in office demonstrates that he is not up to the job. Asked about early challenges in the first month of his presidency, 52% called the issues "real problems" that are specific to his administration, while 43 percent of Americans attributed them to typical "growing pains" for any new president.

Some details from the poll:

Trump retains net positive scores on his decisiveness (net positive 29 percent), his ability to "get things done," (net positive 12 percent) and his fitness to deal with the economy (net positive 11 percent). Six-in-ten Americans said they are hopeful and optimistic about the future of the country, including an overwhelming 87 percent of Republicans (but just 37 percent of Democrats). And a majority of respondents to the poll - 57 percent - also said that Trump is likely to "bring real change in the direction of the country." Among those who think Trump is likely to bring change, 63 percent believe those changes will be positive, while 30 percent disagree. On the other hand, Trump continues to register particularly dismal ratings when it comes to his temperament, with just 18 percent giving his demeanor a thumbs up compared to 55 percent who rank it as poor.

In short: democrats hate Trump, republicans (still) think Trump is great. Hardly surprising.

So how does Trump's approval rating compare to the media? A survey from last September found that Americans’ trust in the mass media dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history. Just 32% said they had a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media, compared with 53% in 1997. In other words, even at his "record low" 44% approval rating, Americans still seem to have more faith in the president than the media, even as both are engaged in a brutal feud with each other.

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Ban KKiller's picture

Polls say Clinton will win, no problem.

Looney's picture


If you wanna see how the Fake News Sausage is made, take a look at this…

A couple of days ago, Russia’s Defense Minister reported to their Parliament on the activities and issues facing their “Information Warfare Units”. He went into great details explaining the need to better protect all critical Information Systems.

Reuters and AP reported it as “Russia Creates Information Warfare Units”, making sure that the word “information” means “propaganda”.

This is not about “information” warfare. The word “information” refers to the Information Technology (IT).

Reuters, AP, and the rest of the Fake-Ass News should’ve translated it as “Cyber Warfare Units”, which is an analog of our Cyber Command.

This is as embarrassing as Hillary’s “Overload” button.

Remember when Hillary decided to reset our relations with Russia and gave them a symbolic “Reset” button? Well, some dumbass at the State Department mistranslated the word “Reset” and it became an “Overload” button. But I digress…

There could be another, more nefarious, reason why the “Information Warfare Units” was improperly translated and will never be corrected – it fits rather nicely into the fake narrative of Russia’s meddling in the US elections via RT, Sputnik News, or any other non-MSM news outlet, including Zero Hedge.

I won’t be too surprised if our CIA-sponsored-MSM start claiming that “all non-MSM news outlets aren’t just useful idiots, but are Russia’s Information Warfare Units and report directly to the Russian Defense Minister”.  ;-)


xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Looney Feb 26, 2017 12:43 PM


If you don't love Trump's "romance" with MSM you're not American.

VIDEO: Trump Blasts Media, Anonymous Sources and more

It's a match made in heaven.

Croesus's picture

Tune into CNN, "for the REAL story"...

/major pile of steaming sarc

Son of Loki's picture

My money's on Crooked Clinton---Woof Shirtzer says 98% chance of a landslide win.....

Plus, Trump called someone fat 18 years ago...can't tolerate that! He has no so-called, "moral authroity" after that comment.

Nothing like upstanding Hillary---all she did was to kill 300,000 women and children in Libya, but in a moral way; namely, using the traditional, McCain-approved MIC bunker bombs.

Arnold's picture

Does WaPo confirm this fake news story?

robertsgt40's picture

WSJ/NBC are incapable of telling the truth about anything.  It's in their tribal DNA. 

TheLastTrump's picture

It's our fault for putting up with it, and them, all these decades.

Boubou's picture

The press were supposed to protect us from the politicians and the rich , for whom words are tools of their ambition and bear no relation to truth. The very word "truth" makes them laugh.

Does any body remember the "investigative journalist"? Long time passing.

Now the press are exactly the same, pedlars of lies and hypocrisy.

Boubou's picture

"  Every one knows Hillary is a bought and paid for spokesperson for the plutocrats , and a bungling warmonger. They can also see that, even for a politician , she is an unprincipled virago of ambition - an ego run amok with a tenuous grip on sanity- an agent of no change"

I don't see how anyone could have voted for her. The uproar from the Press over Trump is not exaggerated - it is demented and it is the first step in a civil war.

TheLastTrump's picture

Oh he's fucking them all right. :)

TheLastTrump's picture

Zerohedge is in their sights, Infowars too, Drudge...

keep the bastards honest's picture

Natural News got done,  some concern re David Seamen the journalist who has released p.....ate stuff.

you lube, g spot, sky pee are very active. 

sgt_doom's picture

So this poll is saying that the static banner across the top of the CNN picture saying:


is out of the ordinary?

JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

The "MSM" isn't so "MS" anymore.

Erek's picture

Funny that. The Main Stream Media is becoming alternative and Alternative Media is becoming the media of choice. How long before complete turnaround?

Laddie's picture

I think the MSM is losing SOME of its clout, but not all of it by a long shot. I still have young white women, and mature white women and some males, for that matter tell me 'you MUST have TV or else how will you know what is going on?' Seriously. They BELIEVE what they see on the TV news or on NPR.

Soros backed Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in real estate venture with $250 million

Did anyone see that covered in the news that the goyim listen/watch???

It isn't as if the MSM has an AGENDA or anything:
Huffington Post Jewess telling white women to go with blacks

Vardaman's picture

As lots of people "price in" the media bias as they bemusedly observe the media running around with its collective hair on fire, the journos have painted themselves into a corner.  If they go "even more fake," they will be tuned out entirely, and if they actually come halfway back to "objective," they will lose the left fringe.  Lose-lose.  Sweet...

Billy the Poet's picture

Repealing Trumpscare will be tricky.

chunga's picture

Nah, it's gonna be simple. All that has to be done is break up a gov enforced monopolistic alliance between the big pharma, insurance, and sick-care rackets, and it's gonna be a plan crafted by cronies in congress who have their fat faces buried in the trough, Joe "Epipen" Manchin for example.

Gov outfits are still advertising on TV to sign up for Barkey-care.

This last election was a watershed moment for gov and whether *anybody* in it would ever consider draining it for one damn minute.

Billy the Poet's picture

By Trumpscare I meant the general media attitude toward Trump and not medical care policy specifically.

Regarding Obamacare, it's now obvious that some Republicans will be a roadblock to repeal despite their multi-year hand wringing on the issue.

The counter-coup must immediately engage in an effort to rein in Republicans who have joined the mutineers. The people have to let it be known that the election results will be respected. This is not Ukraine.

Because they are on our side of the lines logistically (if not morally) speaking, the rogue Republicans (McCain, Graham, Issa, etc.) present the nearest and easiest target of opportunity. Withdraw all support for them, make their lives miserable in the manner of MSM v. Trump and vote them out in the primaries.

Then we move on to Hillary and her Purple Revolution.

chunga's picture

Ok gotcha. If the good repubs (the ones we never hear much from) allow McCain, Graham, Issa, etc to be their voice they are going down the tube, and they should. I'd recommend they shout them down every chance they get loud and clear and do whatever it takes to kick them off any committees they're on.

Another thing I'd recommend is Chaffetz putting out an arrest warrant for everybody that thumbed their noses at his subpoenas, first thing tomorrow morning. And Sessions, never fucking mind the private prisons, DC is loaded with criminal politicians. Get busy, or get lost.

The blue team always votes for dems just because. The red team not so much - ask Jeb.

Billy the Poet's picture

We have to start fighting back ourselves. But I don't know where that goes beyond arguing on the Internet (I got banned from alternet yesterday for posting solid facts in my usual stalwart manner. They especially disliked my quoting the 17 intelligence agencies finding that the election was not hacked and that the Wikileaks emails are real. Had similar posts deleted from Media Matters too) and making phone calls (called my Democrat representative and senator and called them traitors).

Surely that's not enough. As I said, this is not Ukraine and I will not kowtow to mutineers, so let's get this ball rolling.

Darkthirty's picture

IF  Clayton - Sherman - et al anti trust laws were enforced, healthcare could be paid out of pocket and eliminate all but catastrophic health insurance. Cut back the free shit so the welfare "folks" have skin in the game. Eliminate ALL benefits for illegals and watch them make a run for the border. I have so much "white, male privelege" I can't afford it anymore.

TheLastTrump's picture

They have and are, I've seen it. Very nasty, out in the open, clear unbridled manipulation of facts & basically kept the presidents words via Sean Spicer out of the public view. Lying by omission is one of the most common.


The constant drumbeat of contemptuous statements re: The Fucking President of the United States you assfucks.


>>> If they go "even more fake," they will be tuned out entirely,

Erek's picture

Who did they ask? Be truthful, how many here on ZH have ever been polled for something other than poll-taxes? Since when does the opinion of a small select few accurately represent the opinion of millions of other people?

Francis Marx's picture

Why do they need polls for something everyone already knows about the media being to critical?


chunga's picture

Let's see a poll on who gives a fuck about polls.

Drain the fucking swamp or nothing changes.

Son of Loki's picture

My brother and I conducted our own independent poll and randomly called 50 people yesterday and asked, "Should the smelly swamp be drained?"


95% said, "YES!" without reservation. And 1 said, "yes" but only if the smelt were not hurt.

chunga's picture

Regarding the fake news and their bias towards the dems, I think we can safely put down the stick and step away from the horse.

If the republitards think they can blame the media for sucking again they've got another thing coming.

missionshk's picture

the first poll in a long time not fake?  nahhhh.. must be something else they are throwing mud on in  there somewhere


DieSocialJusticeWankers's picture

The MSM committed suicide...they are dead...the answers to anything are found out there on the Dark Web....all it requires is research.  Fake news is easily the reading. Read history. Verify what the MSM is'll be shocked at how much they are lying.

missionshk's picture

being honest and trustworthy, minus 15...TOTAL BS

androkles's picture

Media are controlled by the powers that be. In order to buttkiss the ptb they went far, very far, with "role models" like docter Huxtable, but in the end he proved true to his kind. Then came "opinionmakers", and "nudging". Now all credibility is lost. Buhbyeee.

justin423's picture

I am curious what would be the tipping point for Faux News viewers
Faux news voters believe anything, so 80% of them probably believe the world is flat and only 5000 years old.

When Trump signs the bill killing social security proposed by Sam Johnson, would that do the trick?

MuffDiver69's picture

Faux news is going down the toilet,it's well over 50% hits on Trump and only the usual few conservative commentators make it remotely right.. FBN ratings are up because they are pro-Trump and FOX news will be tanking, I guarantee that

TheLastTrump's picture

I'm just curious why I didn't see your communist ass over on the Perez/ Democrat party in turmoil thread.

roadhazard's picture

I wish the media would stop reporting everything Trump repeats over and over. I already know he is "smarter than almost anyone."  I am not as fond of his voice as he is.

stant's picture

If recent history is observed it's much worse than that, as in down right despite for us news

thecondor's picture

Fuck the MSM.  They all LIE.  I don't trust any of them.  Their hypocrisy is as evident as the fucking sun in the sky.  And the people that go along with it are stupid fucking slugs.  They are mindless motherfucker with no ability to think for themselves.  Fuck you Democrat, Marxist piles of shit.  

TheLastTrump's picture

Yes, fuck them all. Lying pricks cause mayhem and death.

Nobs Here's picture

You make the word "Fuck" sound like rape. As a victim of Legacy Media, i will stick to my interpitation, thank you very much. (evil grin)

NDXTrader's picture

A couple of things they won't tell you:

(1) 44% approval is the best showing Trump has ever had in a WSJ/NBC polll, which oftentimes showed him in the low 30s during the campaign

(2) Trump's approval among Republicans is higher than any Republican President in the polling era except for W immediately after 9/11

So, Repubs love him and Dems hate him. See you in 2020

MuffDiver69's picture

Excellent points, but comparison analysis is of no use when creating a fake narrative...Just like the election was about seven states, not fifty, but let's make some money

MuffDiver69's picture

democrat propaganda...WSJ is a joke and sold out during campaign as we know...

SharkBit's picture

Why are the Dems and Libtards so stupid?  Do you trust the media, Libtards say sure.  Repubs say no fucking way.  Is Trump doing a good job?  Libtards say no way, Repubs say of course. 

So literally the corrupt MSM is shaping the narrative of half the country (the unenlightened) to believe Trump is some kind of monster, some kind of ism.  Trump has a point and the agenda of the MSM is not the agenda of the enlightened but definately is the thought shaper of the sheeple.

Can it be any more obvious?

orangegeek's picture

A fake news fake confession - who the fuck cares????


Fake news is here to stay and fake news will fall on their sword in the process of believing the bullshit they pump.


Lots of news alternatives out there, right Tylers??

indaknow's picture

The only poll you should believe in is the stripper poll. And only between 8pm and 1am. And even this one is doubtful by morning.