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President Trump’s Mainstream Media Accountability Survey appears to have backfired, according to emails sent to Trump supporters from the Trump administration.
“You know that I don’t trust the media to report on anything we achieve,” Trump wrote in the email. “…Which is why I need you to take the Mainstream Media Accountability Survey to do your part to fight back against the media’s attacks and deceptions.”
This email was just released by President Trump. Unreal. pic.twitter.com/ahfb4PQWoc
— dylan (@dyllyp) February 16, 2017
The survey features such biased and leading questions as “Do you believe that contrary to what the media says, raising taxes does not create jobs?” and “Were you aware that a poll was released revealing that a majority of Americans actually supported President Trump’s temporary restriction executive order?” (Many other polls reached the exact opposite conclusion.)
The survey was only sent to those on Trump’s email list, which would have seemed to have ensured favorable results.
While no results have been released as of now, a follow up email was sent the next day saying that the “mainstream media outlets have viciously attacked it (the survey)… and thousands of Democrats have taken it to try to sabotage the results.”
Follow up from yesterday's Media Accountability Survey: Trump didn't receive favorable results, so now he's calling his own poll rigged. pic.twitter.com/PSdAouexr3
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— dylan (@dyllyp) February 18, 2017
Trump’s ongoing crusade against the media has escalated this week. Trump relentlessly attacked reporters at a press conference, called the media “the enemy of the American people,” and now this recent survey. Even before this week, Trump has taken pains to label the media as “the dishonest media” at nearly every public appearance he’s made since being elected. Despite the constant name-calling, Trump rarely provides evidence of the media’s dishonesty.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Republican Senator John McCain has recently disparaged Trump’s tactics. “We need a free press,” McCain said. “We must have it. It’s vital. If you want to preserve -– I’m very serious now -– if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I’m not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I’m just saying we need to learn the lessons of history.”
Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. Follow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW
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