- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 29, 2019

The New York Times and other news organizations have complained that allies of President Trump have targeted hostile reporters by exposing controversial social media postings from their past.

The reality: Most voters consider these reporters are “fair game for public criticism,” according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey.

It found that 61% of likely U.S. voters think reporters at major news organizations such as CNN, Fox News and The New York Times are public figures who deserve the same level of scrutiny as the people they cover.

Only 19% of the respondents disagree; 20% are not sure.

A surprising number of Democrats —56% — agree that the big league reporters in general “deserve the same level of scrutiny as the people they cover,” the poll analysis said.

Seven out of 10 Republicans and 59% of independents voters also agree.

A partisan divide emerges when the reporters are cited by name.

“When it comes to specific reporters and news organizations, however, only 28% of Democrats think it is appropriate for elected officials to criticism them, compared to 71% of Republicans and 57% of unaffiliated voters.,” the poll said.

The poll of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was conducted Aug. 26-27.

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