Conservative analyst says Trump approval steady because people don’t believe ‘blatantly oppositional’ media

Conservative analyst Henry Olsen said on Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE's approval ratings do not drop in light of news negative coverage because people discount what they read in the news. 

"It usually takes two to tango, and I think you've got the president who's engaged in unusually inflammatory and push back rhetoric throughout his three years in the public eye," Olsen, a senior fellow at the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"But I've never seen the media as blatantly oppositional and as unhinged and unconnected to clear standards of journalism as I see today, and it's one of the reasons why Trump's ratings don't go down," he continued. 

"People take a look at this, and if they have any inkling of thinking the president's doing a good job, they just see the daily drumbeat of the vituperative attacks on the president, and they discount anything they read because they know where the people are coming from who are writing it," he said. 

Trump has a contentious relationship with the news media, frequently referring to the press as "fake news" or "the enemy of the people." 

The president blamed the media on Sunday for division in the U.S., in the wake of a series of hate-driven acts in the U.S. last week.

"The Fake News is doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives and me for the division and hatred that has been going on for so long in our Country. Actually, it is their Fake & Dishonest reporting which is causing problems far greater than they understand!" Trump tweeted.

A new American Barometer survey, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, found that 28 percent of voters said the media is most responsible for lowering the partisan rhetoric in the U.S., while 39 percent said Trump was responsible for toning down the rhetoric. 

 

— Julia Manchester