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Does The Media Treat Donald Trump Unfairly?

by Countable | 8.23.17

During his campaign-style rally in Phoenix last night, President Donald Trump returned to a familiar topic: condemnation of the media. Trump has often claimed that the "dishonest media" treats him unfairly, including only covering the negative aspects of his presidency, never the positive.

Do they?

To help with your decision, here’s a summary of some of Trump’s most-pointed criticism, and quotes, in his 45 minute (combined) attack against the media from last night:

  • "These are sick people. If you wanted to discover the source of the division in our country, look no further than the fake news and the crooked media."

  • "It's time to expose the crooked media deceptions and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting divisions and yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage [by removing monuments]." The President then added: “I really think they don’t like our country. The only people giving a platform to these hate groups is the media itself.”

  • "They don't report the facts. Just like they don't want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence and strongly condemned the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists and the KKK. I openly called for unity, healing and love and they know it because they [the media] were all there."

  • To try and prove this point, the President removed what seemed to be sheets of printed content. He then re-read, for more than 16 minutes, the remarks he made in the days following the events in Charlottesville that claimed the life of a woman who was protesting white supremacists. While the President omitted the controversial remarks in which he said that both sides were to blame, he did tell the cheering crowd of the Phoenix convention center that his "words were perfect."

  • Later, the President accused CNN of packing up their cameras: "Look back there, the live red lights," he said, pointing to the news cameras. “They're turning those suckers off fast out there. They're turning those lights off fast. Like CNN. CNN does not want its falling viewership to watch what I'm saying tonight. I can tell you." CNN, however, carried Trump’s entire speech live. Including when the crowd chanted “CNN sucks!”

In May, the President said, "No politician in history - and I say this with great surety - has been treated worse or more unfairly." Also in May, Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy released a study of the media coverage of Trump during his first 100 days at the White House. “The study found,” the Chicago Tribune reported, “that in Trump's first 100 days in office, the tone of the news coverage of the president has been a whopping 80 percent negative to 20 percent positive.”

What do you think? Was the President correct in criticizing the media at last night’s rally? Does the media treat him more unfairly than past presidents? Or, as some have argued, is it because "no politician in history" has been quite like Donald Trump? Hit the Take Action button and tell your reps how you feel, then share your thoughts below (but, please, no “fake news.”)

(Photo Credit: filo / iStockphoto)

—Josh Herman

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  • Frank
    08/24/2017
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    If there is a disproportionate amount of "negative" coverage of Donald Trump, it is because he provides a disproportionate amount of "negative" things to cover.

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  • Christine
    08/24/2017
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    Not at all, if anything they are too nice to him...#ITMFA #resist #sad

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  • Quiara
    08/24/2017
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    The media treats donald trump just as they treat all presidents. It is trump who treats the media & his presidency with no respect. This man is foul and wreaks of corruption, selfishness, division, and trouble for our great country. 25th Amendment /impeachment time.

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  • Jack
    08/24/2017
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    No. It does not. The media isn't the dangerous one here.

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  • Jackie
    08/23/2017
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    Trust the media more than Trump. Everything that comes out of his mouth is lies. Every comment he makes is to inflate his fragile ego. Wants to run country as dictorship

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  • Mark
    08/23/2017
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    I mean come on Fox News destroyed Barack Obama for wearing a grey suit and liking Dijon mustard, our current president is an unhinged narcissist, is under investigation for possibly undermining our democracy, obstruction of justice, he has sympathized with Nazis, and is considering pardoning a sheriff who is ignoring the courts. Not to mention his antagonism of North Korea over twitter, constant lying, and the fact that the man actually said "grab her by the pussy". He has made his bed and he must lie in it. It is not the media's fault he is a special snowflake who needs a safe place.

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  • Susan
    08/24/2017
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    Just because the liar in chief can't handle the truth doesn't mean it's fake. He's the fake. Fake president real liar and traitor

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  • Joanna
    08/24/2017
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    No, the media has to do its job and call out false claims and lies. If Donald Trump wasn't always lying then they wouldn't have to correct him so much. He calls them "fake" to try and cast doubt and also dictate the narrative as he sees fit. Very un-American, very un-democratic.

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  • Sarah
    08/24/2017
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    Trump wants to blame everyone but himself for his failings. The press is more truthful than the president. While the press isn't perfect, they do not blatantly lie and then stand behind those lies as fact assuming that the public is too stupid to check behind them. Within this speech the president misquoted himself as though we didn't have recorded evidence of what he actually said about Charlottesville! We need to be careful of this kind of rhetoric against the press. Trump's attacks on the free press are sounding a little bit too much like Hitler for me to be comfortable.

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  • Andy1
    08/23/2017
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    The war on truth will only stop when we no longer allow it to continue. Why aren't the republicans calling out trump's lies? Why do his supporters continue to ignore the obvious? This is far more important than any policy objective. The president has no clothes and not enough people are willing to call him on it. The enabling must stop.

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  • Julie
    08/23/2017
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    He is trying to shut down the Free Press, just like he is systematically dismantling the other branches of government. He is trying to turn the presidency into a dictatorship! Keep speaking against him!!

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  • Sara
    08/24/2017
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    NO. That man brings on all the "drama" himself. If he thinks that, maybe he should keep his mouth shut and his thumbs off of twitter.

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  • Kim
    08/23/2017
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    It's true that there is a lot of negative press about trump, but let's be honest, he deserves most of it. His bullying, his vicious tweets, his tactless and immature behavior, his poor leadership skills, his disregard for scientific and historical facts, his inability to get anything accomplished, his reluctance to take responsibility for his actions, his pandering to his base, his disloyalty, and perhaps worst of all, his constant, constant lying all make him an easy target for negative press. I, for one, do not need the media to tell me what to think about trump. Anyone with eyes and ears can tell he is doing great damage to our country. It is the responsibility of the press to document this presidency, flaws and all.

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  • Zelly
    08/24/2017
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    I actually feel the media is going too soft on him. The man is reckless. I honestly have yet to see him do ONE thing that helps the majority of the country. And I really want someone to prove me wrong.

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  • Harry
    08/23/2017
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    NO they don't dog him enough ...

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  • Lori
    08/23/2017
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    No, in fact I think the question should be phrased "Does Trump treat the media unfairly?" 45 likes condemn the free press when he doesn't like the news as reported, but is happy to condone reports with which he agrees. And certain shows (Hannity, Alex Jones) propagate lies and conspiracies that endanger citizens (i.e. Pizzagate). So no, the media does not treat Trump unfairly.

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  • R.k.
    08/24/2017
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    Not at all the Orange Clown AKA Putin's Puppet brings it on himself via his ignorance and actions

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  • Marjorie
    08/24/2017
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    Nope, they're too nice, but they're calling out Trump's bull crap more and more.

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  • Danielle
    08/24/2017
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    You reap what you sow. Trump deserves, if anything, coverage that more frankly addresses his dangerous, self-serving, criminally negligent behavior.

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  • Marylee
    08/24/2017
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    Absolutely positively they treat him fairly. He is the most destructive and divisive president we have had. They report the facts and investigate him. That is their job. He needs to do his job!

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