A new poll backs President Trump's view that he really doesn't have any friends in the media.
The latest Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 4 percent of voters believe that the press leans in favor of Trump, while 50 percent said that there is a bias against the president.
And it's the media's fault, said the survey analysis. "Critics of the coverage of the president think the owners of news organizations also are to blame. Fifty-seven percent of all voters say most media owners influence the news coverage generated by their reporters. Only 27 percent believe they allow that coverage to be fair and balanced. Sixteen percent are undecided," said Rasmussen.
Trump has made no secret of his disgust with his press corps, often tweeting attacks, especially on the mainstream media. Although he is often just as quick to grant the same media he's blasting exclusive interviews and access.
The survey noted that some voters don't blame reporters for all of the media hate. Said Rasmussen, "Forty percent think the majority of reporters try to be fair and balanced, up from 31 percent" in January.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org