NYT’s Maggie Haberman responds to Trump’s criticism of ‘Fake News Media’: ‘It is being reported accurately’

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New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman responded to President Trump’s criticism of media bias Monday.

“It is being reported accurately,” Haberman tweeted in response to a tweet in which the president criticized the “Fake News Media.”

“This isn’t a lack of understanding of the impact of these words. This is a strategy,” she added, regarding Trump’s tweet. “Describing it as ‘he doesn’t get it’ is a form of grading on a curve.”

Trump tweeted Monday that tensions in the U.S. are exacerbated by biased and fraudulent reporting.

{mosads}”There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news,” tweeted the president, who has frequently criticized mainstream media outlets as being biased or false in their reporting.

“The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame.”

The president completed his comments in a second tweet, “…of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!” 


Confidence in the media has slowly been declining for years, hitting a new low in 2016 when 32 percent of respondents said they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media, according to Gallup.

Since then, Gallup reports that conservative’s confidence in the media’s reporting has remained very low, while Democrats’ trust in reporting has dramatically risen.

In 2017, Democrats’ confidence in the media hit a 20 year peak at 70 percent, while Republican’s trust held at 14 percent. 

Critics of the president say that he has stoked anger towards the press, particularly by referring to the “Fake News” as the “enemy of the people.”

Those who are more doubtful of the media, contend that mainstream news outlets have an overwhelming left-leaning bias and do not report on the president or GOP accurately.

Updated at 12:03 p.m.

Tags Donald Trump Donald Trump Fake News free speech journalistic ethics Maggie Haberman Media bias msm political polarization the first amendment the mainstream media The New York Times

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