- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 12, 2017

President Trump has been in office for 266 days. He never got that traditional press honeymoon. The nonstop coverage instead is filled with fake news, tweaked polls, false narratives, weaponized talking points, personal insults and incendiary language. Throughout it all, Mr. Trump has perfected the art of the nimble pushback. But he’s not alone in this ongoing battle. Voters themselves disapprove of the ongoing press antics, while stalwart White House staffers continue to keep the media at bay.

One in particular is not happy with the news he encounters.

“I’m a reasonable guy. But when I read in the morning, when I watch TV in the morning, it is astounding to me how much is misreported. I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you are operating off of contacts, leaks — whatever you call them. But I would just offer to you the advice. I would say maybe develop some better sources,” said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly during an appearance before a restless gaggle of journalists Thursday who were eagerly exploring rumors that Mr. Kelly might leave his position.

Mr. Kelly’s advice underscores Mr. Trump’s vexation with an often hostile media which continues to ignore bona fide administration accomplishments, legislative victories and positive news about the economy. Instead, the press flocks around repeat themes; describing the “chaos” in Washington is a perfect example.

Meanwhile, a majority of Americans agree with Mr. Trump about the press: 60 percent of the nation’s voters disapprove of the way the news media covers Mr. Trump — a percentage that has steadily increased since he took office according to Quinnipiac University, which conducted the poll. Republicans are particularly vexed with the press, the poll found: 90 percent of them disapprove of media treatment of Mr. Trump, along with 62 percent of independents and even 29 percent of Democrats.

Two thirds of men in the survey also agree with the assessment — along with 64 percent of white respondents, 59 percent of both Hispanics and college graduates, 54 percent of women and 32 percent of black respondents.

YOUR TRUMP WALL NEWS FOR THE DAY

“Several border wall prototypes are taking form or are near completion,” reports the San Diego office of the U.S. Customs & Border Patrol.

The federal agency issued some striking photos as proof. There are five of these mighty prototypes from companies which submitted successful plans for President Trump’s southern border wall. The sample panels stand up to 30-feet high and use concrete and what appear to be heavy steel reinforced paneling. The construction near San Diego began Sept. 26.

“I will say they are looking really good,” Mr. Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview.

HOLLYWOOD GUNS

A new analysis of the major feature films released just before the mass shooting in Las Vegas confirm that some filmmakers in Hollywood are preoccupied with violence and overwhelming firepower.

“Three of the top five movies at the box office featured characters blasting away with automatic weapons,” writes Matt Philbin, managing editor of MRC Culture, a conservative press watchdog.

His analysis found that four movies — “Kingsman: Golden Circle,” “American Assassin,” “It” and “Mother!” — featured 589 incidents of violence, including 212 incidents of gun violence. The total body count of the four movies was at least 192. An automatic weapon was used at least 108 times.

The study’s numbers illustrate the “entertainment media’s scapegoating tactic,” says Mr. Philbin.

“They complain about lax gun laws, demonize the National Rifle Association and never accept the possibility that Hollywood’s glamorization of guns and violence has anything to do with the latest mass-shooting,” he observed, also noting that the films depicted body slams, explosions, cannibalism and mutilation.

FAITH-MINDED VOTERS AT WORK

The Values Voters Summit is underway in the nation’s capital, a major political event with a speaker’s roster that includes President Trump, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, conservative lawmakers, pro-life activists and policy analysts. The content of the event’s agenda is also of interest.

Forums at the three-day event include “Drain the swamp,” “The day Christians changed America: How conservative Christians put Trump in the White House and redirected America’s future,” “Why a coddled nation is a crippled nation” and “Outside the bubble: The economic anxiety and culture crises in middle America.”

FOXIFIED

Fox News Channel remains the most watched of any cable channel according to Nielsen Media Research, broadcasting 15 of the top-25 programs, with “Hannity” rated the leading non-sports program with 3.2 million viewers, and the most watched program among all cable news offerings.

Meanwhile, Fox Business Network marks its 10-year anniversary on Sunday with some very promising ratings. “FBN” remains the No. 1 business network on TV, and has bested rival CNBC for the last year.

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POLL DU JOUR

60 percent of U.S. voters disapprove of the way the media covers President Trump; 90 percent of Republicans, 62 percent of independents and 29 percent of Democrats agree.

59 percent overall disapprove of the way Mr. Trump “talks about the media”; 21 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of independents and 91 percent of Democrats agree.

52 percent overall trust the media to tell the truth about important issues more than Mr. Trump; 12 percent of Republicans, 52 percent of independents and 89 percent of Democrats agree.

37 percent overall trust Mr. Trump to tell the truth more than the media; 78 percent of Republicans, 34 percent of independents and 3 percent of Democrats agree.

11 percent aren’t sure who to trust; 10 percent of Republicans, 13 percent of independents and 8 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Quinnipiac Universitypoll of 1,482 registered U.S. voters conducted from Oct. 5-10.

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