By Philip Bump, Washington Post
“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
President Donald Trump posted via Twitter on Feb. 17. 2017.
(Excerpt) - Last month, Quinnipiac University’s pollsters asked Americans if they agreed with the sentiment Trump expressed in that tweet. Were certain news outlets - unnamed by Quinnipiac - enemies of the American people? Nearly 4-in-10 said yes - including more than 8-in-10 Republicans.
In a poll released on Thursday, Quinnipiac was more direct.
Less than a quarter of the public says that the news media broadly is better described as “enemy of the people” than an “important part of democracy.” But among Republicans, more than half preferred the former term to the latter.
Pew Research Center also released new polling data on Thursday, looking, among other things, at the related question of what it means to be a good citizen. Ninety percent of respondents said that it was somewhat or very important to follow what happens in government and politics to be a good citizen, a requirement that would seem to hinge heavily on consumption of news reporting.
Only 8 percent of respondents said they had a great deal of confidence in the news media to act in the best interests of the public.
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