"As Trump's poll numbers rise, media begin censoring press conferences," claims Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist.
In previous months, the media complained that Trump wasn't giving enough press conferences, though he's arguably been the most transparent president in recent decades.
Now, multiple media personalities such as Rachel Maddow have called on networks to ignore Trump's daily briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Well, Trump's daily briefings appear to be providing hope to Americans.
New polls show that Trump's approval have risen as high as 60 percent now that he's shown strong leadership on a daily basis during this pandemic.
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While President Trump's overall approval rating is holding steady in the high 40's and lower 50's, his approval on his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic is 60 percent.
This is according to the latest Gallup poll:
Trump's response to the novel coronavirus pandemic may be behind his higher overall approval rating. Americans give the president generally positive reviews for his handling of the situation, with 60% approving and 38% disapproving. Ninety-four percent of Republicans, 60% of independents and 27% of Democrats approve of his response.
Two aspects of Trump's latest approval rating suggest a presidential approval rally effect. His rating shows a fairly sudden increase, and that increase is seen among both independents and Democrats -- both highly unusual for Trump in particular.
This has led many, including Mollie Hemingway, to speculate that the media no longer wants to cover the president's daily briefings because of his rising approval numbers.
According to Hemingway, the media would prefer to control the narrative, rather than report the news.
In an article in The Federalist, Hemingway writes:
What the media instead are realizing is that they have lost control over the filtering that they are used to providing. They seek to spin the news rather than simply show it and report it. And they justify their bias as being part of a higher calling in the journalism profession as opposed to a glaring failure.
The media that was able to push impeachment while the coronavirus spread throughout the world, that claimed concerns about it were racist, and that attempts to control its spread were xenophobic, now wants even more control over the message. Their plan to keep Americans in the dark about what the country’s top political and medical officials say unless it is filtered through a group of people who botched the 2016 campaign, the Russia collusion narrative, and the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing is a demonstration of something very dangerous.
They don’t want to report the news. They want to control it. That is damaging and destructive to their own already hurting reputations but, more importantly, to public health itself.
Could Hemingway be onto something?
She's certainly not the first conservative commentator to point out the strange timing of the media's sudden urge to stop covering the pressers.
Below are some tweets detailing the sudden media shift:
President Trump's 60 percent approval rating for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic stands in stark contrast to the sinking approval of the media.
Even Congress's approval ratings rose a little bit after they passed the stimulus bill.
They notoriously have the lowest approval ratings of anyone.
CNN confirms Trump's approval bump:
The Gallup poll this week recorded its highest ever job approval for the President (49% approve, versus 45% who don't). Likewise, Trump is generally getting decent marks on his handling of the pandemic, with Gallup showing 60% approval on the subject.
The question is -- why? Trump has lived in a very tight job-approval zone for most of his presidency, hovering around 42-43% among registered and likely voters. But today, FiveThirtyEight's Trump job approval tracker shows him with an average approval of 44.9% and the RealClearPolitics tracker has him at 46.3%.
He's been lifted, apparently, by his handling of the coronavirus, and perhaps by his opposition's mishandling of it.
However, in the midst of the pandemic, the media have become the least trusted instution in the nation, new polling reveals.
In fact, according to Gallup, the media is the only institution to have a negative approval rating in this crisis:
Americans are generally positive in their evaluations of how each of nine leaders and institutions has handled the response to the coronavirus situation. Eight of the nine receive majority positive ratings -- led by U.S. hospitals, at 88% approval. Only the news media gets a more negative than positive review.
That's right... even congress is more popular than the media.
Will the left wing media wake up and realize why less and less Americans choose to trust them?
It's time to return to good ole fashioned journalism where journalists simply reported the news instead of trying to manufacture it!