Does the media make up fake news about Trump?

Frederick Owens
October 19, 2017

Unsurprisingly, many more Republican voters are critical of the media, with three-quarters believing the media makes up news about Trump.

Almost half of voters believe the news media fabricates stories about President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a new Politico and Morning Consult poll.

More men said they believed Trump's claim, 50 percent, than women, 43 percent.

According to a new poll that highlights how the "fake news" campaign is working, three in four Republicans have said that they believe the media concocts stories about U.S. President Donald Trump.

During his election campaign, often at packed rallies, Trump would point out and criticise reporters, who were heckled and booed by Trump's supporters.

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Yet despite Trump's constant rhetorical assault on the media, trust in some news organizations has risen during the president's time in office.

More Trump voters and Republicans would like to see the federal government with that power, but not enough to make a majority.

Still, just 28 percent of voters believe the government should be able to take away the broadcast licenses of news organizations.

The poll, which was conducted Oct.12-16, surveyed 1,991 registered voters.

Earlier in October, after NBC reported on tensions between Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - including the reported detail that Tillerson had allegedly called Trump a "moron" - Trump called the network "dishonest and disgusting (fake news)". Trump's rating is down 9 percentage points among Republicans, 25 points among Democrats and 22 points among independents.

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