At a controversial and lengthy press conference Thursday, President Donald Trump ramped up rhetoric against the "fake" and "unfair" media, while one of his campaign accounts was simultaneously and quietly emailing a “media survey” asking supporters how they viewed the media — and asking them to donate.
According to PBS News, the survey consisted of 25 multiple-choice questions that included questions such as:
Do you believe that the mainstream media has reported unfairly on our movement?
Do you believe that our Party should spend more time and resources holding the mainstream media accountable?
Do you believe that the mainstream media does not do their due diligence fact-checking before publishing stories on the Trump administration?
Do you believe that contrary to what the media says, raising taxes does not create jobs?
At the Thursday press conference, Trump used the expression "fake news" seven different times, according to The Washington Post. He also called The New York Times, CNN and other outlets "dishonest" and "very fake."
On Friday, following the press conference and the survey email, Trump used Twitter to once again rail against the media, calling several mainstream outlets "the enemy of the American people."
In a poll conducted by Fox News and released Friday, 45 percent of voters said they trusted Trump more than the media, while 42 percent said the media are more trustworthy.
Fox News analyst Howard Kurtz said that the poll results should cause journalists to do some "soul-searching" once they realize that the general public has "so much distrust" of the media.