Looks like President Donald Trump’s tussle with the media isn’t ending anytime soon. Following a 77-minute meltdown with the media, the president’s campaign sent emails asking supporters if they endorse his media beliefs.
The survey, titled Mainstream Media Accountability Survey, has questions designed in such a way that they lead the participants to answer in a certain direction.
Along with the link to the survey, the email read, “Please take the Mainstream Media Accountability Survey to do your part to fight back against the media’s attacks and deceptions. You know that I don’t trust the media to report on anything we achieve. Instead, you — the American people — are our last line of defense against the media’s hit jobs.”
According to experts, the survey is similar to what they call a “push poll,” which is a negative campaign technique used by Trump’s campaign during his election run.
The email further read, “You are our greatest asset in helping our movement deliver the truth to the American people. Over these next four years, our movement will be subjected to some of the nastiest attacks you can imagine. But just like during the campaign, we need to stay focused on getting the job done and accomplishing our shared goal to Make America Great Again!”
The quiz has a total of 25 questions that cover a series of issues Trump has raised with the media. It offers the participants to answer in three options: “yes”, “no” and “no opinion,” all with a “please specify” field.
One question asks, “Do you believe that people of faith have been unfairly characterized by the media?”
Another question reads, “On which issues does the mainstream media do the worst job of representing Republicans?”
A few set of questions ask supporters whether or not they support media outlets, such as, MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. In the end the survey states, “Paid for by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, a joint fundraising committee authorized by and composed of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee.”
This is not all, the survey also requests donations once a participant finishes it.
Just before the survey was rolled out, Trump’s first solo news conference was marked by a great deal of confusion, not just because the president lied when discussing his win — but because he fumbled when asked whether the country should trust him.
He had a heated one-on-one question and answer session with journalists which didn’t go too well. In one instance, while taking a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta, he downgraded “fake news” to “very fake news.”
MUST WATCH: Trump downgrades CNN from "Fake News" to "Very Fake News!" pic.twitter.com/ffYKJYgul7— Newt-Trump Fan Club (@NewtTrump) February 16, 2017
In a similar incident, he asked a black reporter if she’s “friends” with the Congressional Black Caucus.
This is the President being asked if he would speak to black caucus by a black reporter, & this is how he responds. pic.twitter.com/LKjRmjQaOY— Aaron Vallely (@Vallmeister) February 17, 2017
Trump’s idea of judging media accountability by his “mainstream survey” didn’t go too well on Twitter as well.
Trump's ridiculous "mainstream media accountability survey" hits you up for money after you take it: pic.twitter.com/W4Wh8A5reX— Jeff Jensen (@EWDocJensen) February 17, 2017
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