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Letter: Polls indicate Trump is connecting with people

Polls indicate Trump is connecting with people

President Trump achieved his outsider victory by the simple expedient of connecting directly with ordinary Americans. In doing so, Trump bypassed the Washington establishment, the gaggle of politicians, consultants, lobbyists, media pundits, etc., that see themselves as the gatekeepers to power. Now the empire is striking back.

A Washington Post poll taken after Trump’s first 100 days puts him 10 points above the Democrats as being in touch with people’s concerns, and among those surveyed who voted in 2016, the result would now be 43 to 40 percent favoring Trump.

In spite of this, a new Harvard study of media bias reveals unprecedented negative coverage of Trump by CNN, NBC and CBS at 92 percent and at 85 percent for the New York Times and Washington Post. The authors warn, “The nation’s watchdog has lost much of its bite and won’t regain it until the public perceives it as an impartial broker.”

Nevertheless, the mainstream media has taken a rudderless and aging Democratic Party under its wing and is doubling down with a blizzard of stories that cite “unnamed sources” or are otherwise problematic. For example, James Comey reportedly wrote a memo-to-self suggesting Trump pressured him last February to end the FBI investigation of Michael Flynn. However, during a May Senate hearing about the investigation into former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s emails, responding to a related question by Sen. Mazie Hirono, Comey testified “… where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal. It’s not happened in my experience.”

Anywhere else but Washington, that would be the end of the story.

Malcolm Vanderburgh

Getzville

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