The mainstream media have so debased themselves that their attacks on a candidate can actually drive support to the target. This has already happened among Republicans, only 15% of whom express trust in the media. The astronomical levels of support for President Trump among Republicans is in part due to the unfairness of the unrelenting media attacks on him. A similar phenomenon seems to be taking place among supporters of Bernie Sanders, who react to media attacks from establishmentarian outlets by embracing him even more fervently. They are, after all, angry about what they see as unfairness and are suspicious of the powerful. They still see the media as among the powers that be. See, for example, this precious moment when a voter tells MSNBC that its criticism of Bernie turned her into a supporter:
Yesterday, the geniuses at the MSM added fuel to the public’s distrust with four — count them: four — false stories from major outlet. Becket Adams of The Examiner has the story. Read the whole thing to grasp the full extent of the incompetence (or is it dishonesty?), but here are the four:
The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman, for example, tweeted the following falsehood at around 5:30 p.m. Monday evening: “Republican voter registration in NH is down roughly 20k voters from 2016 to now. It’s a reminder that Trump’s increased GOP popularity is in part because in some places, the GOP registration rolls have shrunk.”
MSNBC’s Katy Tur, who hosts a politics news show, sought to throw cold water on the strong economic numbers touted by the Trump White House, arguing that the economy is not working for the individual who spends up to 360 months paying off his car loan.
“When I ask people if they’re voting for Donald Trump, I hear about their 401(k)s a lot,” she said during a live broadcast from New Hampshire, “but there are those out there who don’t have a 401(k), and there are those out there who this economy is not really working for them.”
Tur added, “They might have a job, but it’s not a job that pays their bills. They can get a car, but it’s a loan that will take 30 years.”