If CNN didn’t exist, Trump would have to invent it.
Precisely half of U.S. voters approve of President Trump’s job performance — the president’s highest job approval rating since June of last year — according to Rasmussen Reports, the only nationally recognized public opinion firm that tracks presidential job approval on a daily basis. Despite receiving 90% negative press coverage on major broadcast networks and three times more negative reporting than former President Barack Obama, Trump currently boasts a job approval rating a full five percentage points higher than his predecessor’s approval on this date in the second year of his presidency.
If CNN and other hysterical, left-wing press outlets didn’t exist, Donald Trump would have to invent them. In the wake of last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the mainstream media appear to have pushed public opinion further and further into President Trump’s corner. As 70% of Americans report that religious faith is important in their daily lives, mainstream media outlets mock “thoughts and prayers” for the victims. As the majority of Americans doubt that stricter gun control laws will reduce violent crime, CNN despicably prostitutes traumatized teenagers to advance their gun-grabbing agenda on national television. As 68% of Americans recognize that school can never be made completely safe from violence like this, The Washington Post childishly badgers Second Amendment supporters into needlessly surrendering their basic, constitutionally protected civil rights. As the mainstream media assured the American public that President Trump “colluded” with “the Russians,” Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments thus far have suggested the Democrats’ narrative is nothing more than a nothing-burger.
In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, CNN has come to serve as a metonym for the countless left-wing media outlets that purport to offer objective journalism but instead merely propagate Democrat Party talking points. These outlets act as a foil to President Trump’s guileless, blunt speech, much like Jeb Bush during the 2016 Republican primaries and Hillary Clinton during the general election. It’s hard to imagine a victorious candidate Trump absent a “Low Energy Jeb” or a “Crooked Hillary.” My colleague Andrew Klavan observes, “Those whom the Donald wishes to destroy he first makes mad.” The effect underscores another maxim that drove the media insane, this from Trump himself: “Despite the constant negative press, covfefe.”