Gallup released the latest version of their job approval survey this week, reporting that it’s standing of 38% “is well below what would be expected based on the relationship between job approval and Americans’ views of the economy and their level of satisfaction with the direction of the country for recent presidents.”
The pollsters then spend 800 words trying to get to the bottom of this strange conundrum, using circular reasoning to insist that Trump’s low favorability rating somehow is the cause of his low job approval rating. As though your average American thinks deeply about the differences between these two made-up categories when answering poll questions after dinner.
“Many factors may play into this including public reaction to Trump’s initial failed effort to repeal Obamacare, congressional investigations into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, Trump’s controversial firing of FBI Director James Comey, and a record number of staff changes in the White House, to name a few,” Gallup theorizes.
Yes, that’s one possible way of looking at it. It just doesn’t happen to be the right way.
Nowhere in Gallup’s reasoning does the word “media” appear even once, as if Americans get their news from a firsthand look into the White House rather than through the filter of the mainstream press. It seems beyond them to conclude that there may be – just possibly – some correlation between the way the media has covered this White House and the historically aberrant job approval numbers.
They don’t just treat the media’s war with Trump as a side issue that bears little examination; they literally don’t mention it at all. It is apparently either Gallup’s view that the media covers this president in the same way they’ve covered every other White House or that slanted, sometimes outright fake coverage makes no difference to the way Americans view Donald Trump. Either view defies belief, to say nothing of common sense.
In many respects, Gallup’s analysis, which determined that Trump’s approval rating should be somewhere between 47% and 54%, proves that the media’s coverage of this president is outrageous and unfair. Any other president, presiding over the kind of economy with this kind of job growth in peaceful times, would not have the press constantly writing stories about the danger he poses to democracy.
Instead of reporting the news, the mainstream media has created easily-digestible storyline narratives that often bear little resemblance to the truth. This, of course, had the desired effect, turning much of the country against Trump as if he were a comic book villain instead of judging him in the sober, rational way his predecessors were judged. Yes, Americans are beginning to wake up to the realization that they are being played for fools by the Washington press establishment, but this kind of constant onslaught is still going to take its toll. By ignoring it, Gallup proves that it is very much a part of said establishment.