In a recent tweet by former White house spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "Which is the more underreported story of @POTUS year one? The defeat of ISIS. Booming Trump economy."
Sanders asked this question for very good reason, as Trump's presidency hasn't received near the positive news reports as it actually deserves. A statement issued by the Media Research Center, of all three of the major stations, such as ABC, CBS, and NBC, the evening newscasts from September to November of last year were shown to be in the 90 percentile for negativity.
Although one must admit that the President can at times be his own worst enemy. What with how he will seem to step all over his own message, as well as how he is bringing the issue of "fake news" certainly isn't the best manner in which to gain friends and influence the media.
Even though Trumps supporters attempt to "have his back," their crying foul or sudden outbursts does tend to get the wanted attention, but not much in the way of wins. However, Trumps supporters are not the only individuals who are noticing just how the media is treating the President.
Former President, 93-year-old Jimmy Carter, surprisingly stated: "I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I've known about." In an interview with Maureen Dowd, columnist over at the New York Times, Carter added: “I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.”
However, was former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders correct in her assessment that Trump’s wins are more often than not overlooked and underreported? She may very well be right, and she is not the only one in the media to notice and comment on the situation.
Goss Douthat wrote in The Times on December 16th, calling to question the fact that the defeat of ISIS was simply a case of the media choosing to not adequately report the success of the defeat because it didn't fit into their invested narrative that Trump's presidency was a disaster.
With that said, exactly what are some of Trump's successes, that is being downplayed, if not all out ignored by the media? Well, there are the tax cuts, economic growth by 3%, the highest consumer confidence in 17 years, the cutting of 67 Obama era regulations, the stock market and dow jones have reported highs to the tune of 70 times so far this year—just to name a few.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Is the media, in fact, downplaying and ignoring all the great work that Trump is doing for the country?