Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino posted to social media on Thursday about mainstream media’s seemingly constant bashing of President Donald Trump.
Bongino, who first joined the US Secret Service in 1999 and has been an outspoken supporter of Trump, said, “Incredible new survey shows that 44% of Americans are convinced that the media is just making stuff up.”
He then added this fiery response, “Isn’t it ironic that the liberal media spent the entire Trump presidency trying to destroy his credibility but only succeeded in destroying its own?”
Incredible new survey shows that 44% of Americans are convinced that the media is just making stuff up. Isn’t it ironic that the liberal media spent the entire Trump presidency trying to destroy his credibility but only succeeded in destroying its own? #Idiots
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) December 28, 2017
Spot on? Some people who responded to the post seemed to think so.
Check out these responses:
I always say if @realDonaldTrump does nothing else but expose the media he would have had a successful presidency
— Scott Villa (@CTOompa) December 28, 2017
We are so fortunate to be here to witness the time when Americans started to wake up to the nonsense they've been force-fed the past couple decades via "playing politics" and media indoctrination!
— AmericanFather #SethRich #JusticeMatters (@RobertCaresToo) December 28, 2017
#karma can bite you!!!
— NadineCalcara (@Naninani51) December 28, 2017
Thank you Danny B for being the true American that you are
— gb baker (@ebgb777) December 29, 2017
— GetAReceipt4YourVote (@SuperBowlWs3547) December 28, 2017
The statistic he shared was similarly reported by Politico, although their report said 46 percent of people believe mainstream media falsely report about Trump.
Per the report:
Nearly half of voters, 46 percent, believe the news media fabricate news stories about President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
The statistic Bongino shared could be the number of Independent voters (non-affiliated with a party) who believe mainstream media outlets “make up stories about Trump”:
More than three-quarters of Republican voters, 76 percent, think the news media invent stories about Trump and his administration, compared with only 11 percent who don’t think so. Among Democrats, one-in-five think the media make up stories, but a 65 percent majority think they do not. Forty-four percent of independent voters think the media make up stories about Trump, and 31 percent think they do not.
In October, Trump remarked that he was surprised by the media’s lack of veracity.
Politico reports he said, “I thought after I won, the media would become much more stable and much more honest. They’ve gone crazy. CNN is a joke. NBC is a total joke. You watch what they report, it bears no relationship to what I’m doing. But the media is absolutely dishonest — and frankly, I’ve never seen anything quite like it.”
Trump’s remark has been widely supported:
By Fox News –
The Pew Research Center said that the early coverage of Trump was 62 percent negative. By comparison, Obama’s coverage was just 20 percent negative.
“About six-in-ten stories on Trump’s early days in office had a negative assessment, about three times more than in early coverage for Obama and roughly twice that of Bush and Clinton. Coverage of Trump’s early time in office moved further away from a focus on the policy agenda and more toward character and leadership,” said Pew.
NBC News –
President Donald Trump frequently complains about media coverage of his administration, and a study released Monday confirms his suspicion: Most of it has been negative.
The Pew Research Center, in a content analysis of the early days of the Trump presidency, found that 62 percent of the coverage was negative and only 5 percent was positive.
The Daily Caller –
President Donald Trump and his supporters frequently insist they are targets of negative media coverage, and now a report from the Pew Research Center proves it.
The Harvard scholars analyzed the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the main newscasts (not talk shows) of CBS, CNN, Fox and NBC during Trump’s initial time in office. They found, to no one’s surprise, that Trump absolutely dominated news coverage in the first 100 days. And then they found that news coverage was solidly negative — 80 percent negative among those outlets studied, versus 20 percent positive.
Under the lead of former NBC head Jeff Zucker, CNN has become a far-left network that harangues the right and praises the left, almost nonstop. “News” is secondary. Now it’s all about pushing an agenda and toeing the line for the liberal overlords.
That’s a big change from the past. When the Chosen One, Barack Obama, completed his first 100 days, a similar study found that coverage was 59 percent positive, 41 percent negative. Skewed, but not that bad. The numbers were flipped for George W. Bush, of course: 57 percent negative, 43 percent positive. For Bill Clinton, way back in 1993, in the days when news was news (which means reporters were hard on the president regardless of his political affiliation), the coverage was 60 percent negative, 40 percent positive.
The study, conducted by the conservative Media Research Center, found that not only has Trump received significantly more broadcast network news coverage than his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, but nearly all of that coverage (91%) has been hostile, according to the study.