President Trump’s repeated “fake news” attacks on the free press appear to have convinced nearly 50 percent of voters that the media is fabricating negative stories about him, with over three-quarters of Republican voters believing stories about Trump are false.
Forty-six percent of American voters think the media fabricate reports about Trump and his administration, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll.
Thirty-seven percent of respondents disagree with that assertion and another 17 percent are undecided.
Seventy-six percent of Republicans think the media fabricate stories about Trump and his administration, with about 20 percent of Democrats saying they think the media make up stories. Sixty-five percent of Democrats disagree with the assertion.
Last week, President Trump suggested that broadcast licenses should be challenged and revoked, if appropriate.
“Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Not fair to public!”
Twenty-eight percent of voters believe the government should be able to take away the broadcast licenses of news organizations.
Fifty-one percent said they disagree that the government should have that power and another 21 percent are undecided.
Trump on Tuesday referred to reporters at certain networks as “fiction writers.”