The media that President Donald Trump has so often derided for what he perceives as its unfair coverage of his administration will soon have no choice but to report on the White House’s preferred issues, the president wrote online Monday morning.
“At some point the Fake News will be forced to discuss our great jobs numbers, strong economy, success with ISIS, the border & so much else!” Trump wrote on Twitter, listing issues on which he has claimed success since taking office.
The president, along with other members of his administration, has complained loudly that the media has dedicated too much time covering the ongoing investigations into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election, as well as other scandals and controversies, at the expense of news that might portray Trump in a more positive light. Often, coverage that the White House has complained about has been spurred by Trump’s own Twitter account, where he regularly posts incendiary comments.
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, appearing Monday morning on Fox News’s "Fox & Friends," said the media has paid too much attention to the president’s tweets and not enough to the substance of the policies he has advocated for, including an overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system.
"The media have now moved on from Russia to cover themselves and I doubt that’s going to help their 14 percent approval rating. The American people see that they’re trying to interfere with the president communicating directly through his very powerful social media network channels," she said. "But also, they notice that they don’t cover the substance of the issues. Look, I know it is a heck of a lot easier to cover 140 characters here or there or what the president may be saying about the media here or there than it is to the learn finer points of you how Medicaid is funded in this country and how that would or would not change under the Senate bill."
His tweet also comes on the heels of several social media posts where the president blasted members of the media, including MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski And Joe Scarborough as well as CNN.
In pushing back against what it has labeled unfair coverage, the White House has regularly pointed to decreases in illegal border crossings, progress in the military campaign against the Islamic State and continued positive economic indicators that began during the administration of former President Barack Obama. Many of those economic numbers that the White House has celebrated as proof of its successes were once dismissed by Trump as “phony” and “one of the biggest hoaxes in American politics.”
Trump did not directly indicate what would compel the media to alter its pattern of White House coverage but seemed to imply that the forward momentum that his administration has claimed would leave the press with no other option. And despite Trump’s assertion that the media “will be forced” to cover the issues listed in his tweet, the topics have already been the subject of reporting by multiple media outlets.