President Trump and the mainstream media have had a short but contemptuous relationship during his first term in the White House, but, for some time, the Commander in Chief seemed to be a fan of at least one cables “news” station: Fox News.
That seems to be changing, however, but in a predictable and tidy fashion.
As Trump’s base continues to turn away from the mainstream media in favor of the alternative journalistic landscape of the internet, Fox has been forced to reel many back in by manufacturing controversy. One avenue of this pursuit has been polling, with some of the more recent survey results forcing even the President himself to take aim at Fox via Twitter.
Of course, the real bread and butter for Fox comes as their controversial polling gets shared to social media – often in outrage – accumulating likes, clicks, shares, retweets, and whatever other digital synapses need to be fired in order to generate ad revenue.
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The more outrageous, the better…hence their latest bit of speculative strangeness.
A Fox News poll released Sunday did not have great news for President Trump. His approval rating was 42 percent, with 57 percent of registered voters disapproving of his job performance and 46 percent strongly disapproving. A year before the 2020 election, he is behind all of the top-tier Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden (51 percent to 39 percent), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (46 percent to 41 percent), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (49 percent to 41 percent). Even worse, Trump is losing to Hillary Clinton, who isn’t even running, 43 percent to 41 percent.
Since Clinton is not running, it isn’t clear why Fox News decided to ask voters to choose between her and Trump. The pollsters noted that the last time they included Clinton in a matchup against Trump was Nov. 3-6, 2016, during which period she was also leading Trump, 46 percent to 42 percent — and also actually running for president. Which, again, she isn’t currently.
Hillary Clinton may not yet be officially running for President in 2020, but she has certainly left a trail of breadcrumbs for the media to follow to that conclusion.
Such a late entrance to the race would almost certainly draw a stern rebuke from the Democratic base, who hold Clinton in low regard after she was discovered to have rigged the 2016 party primaries against Bernie Sanders.
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