A new report by Politico states that nearly half of the American people believe Twitter fabricates stories about President Trump.
The Existence of “Fake News”
According to the survey, 46% of Americans believe Fake News exists. This breaks down to the following demographics:
76% of Republicans think the media concocts stories about the President. 20% of Democrats share this belief in addition to 44% of Independents.
Conversely, 65% of Democrats do not believe the media fabricates stories about President Trump. 11% of Republicans and 31% of Independents share this notion as well.
President Trump and conservative Americans are staunch critics of the mainstream media. Their disapproval is engendered by instances where the media has engaged in, what many would consider to be, deceptive coverage.
For example, the media has habitually released surveys depicting the President with low approval ratings, despite polling a significantly higher amount of Democrats and Independents than Republicans.
President Trump’s Thoughts on “Fake News”
“Actually, dishonesty in the media is one of the things that surprised me the most. I thought after I won, the media would become much more stable and much more honest. They’ve gone crazy. CNN is a joke. NBC is a total joke. You watch what they report, it bears no relationship to what I’m doing. But the media is absolutely dishonest — and frankly, I’ve never seen anything quite like it,” stated President Trump during a radio interview.
Moreover, NBC News published a story last week alleging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision to resign. They also claimed he slammed the President as a “moron.”
Shortly after the story’s publication, the President strongly denied the aforementioned claims, stating that NBC ought to apologize.
Many conservatives have expressed beliefs that mainstream media networks would do well to report neutrally and accurately without inserting personal opinions and biases.