Republicans might give support to Donald Trump in his fight against the legacy media as the establishment press sensationalize their coverage on Russia-related topics.
Despite the fact that the legacy media’s coverage of various Russia “scandals” involving the President Donald Trump’s associates since April, “the number of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who think that the Russia indeed influenced the election process, and that they had help from the Trump team,” has decreased from 18 percent in April to 9 percent, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll that was released on Sunday.
The poll was administered from July 10-13 and it showed: “35-23-35 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents.” The margin of error here is +/- 3.5 percentage points.
In the second day of the poll, Donald Trump Jr. published his emails with Rob Goldstone who is a publicist, who talked about a meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer. Trump Jr. attended this meeting alongside Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner during the 2016 election.
On July 12, CNN was the broadcaster that spent 93 percent of its airing time on the Russia scandal. The scandal was also part of other network shows throughout the week.
Nevertheless, this persistent coverage of the Russia scandal did not have an influence to many Democrats. This poll suggested that the number of Democrats who believe in this Scanldal coverage (64%) increased for 4 percentage points as of April. According to the ABC, this is “not even a significant shift.”
ABC came out with an information that the number of US citizens that believe that Russia was behind the influence of the elections and that Trump’s aides helped them, was around 41 percent which is very similar to the 40 percent who do not think Russia was involved, or are not sure about it.”
Reporters who went outside of the bubbles made in the D.C.-New York have realized that working-class voters, especially the conservatives, are pretty much angry at these media outlets for overhyping this Russia scandal. An news director from Iowa said that conservatives in his state were very angry at the press because they think the legacy media use the Russia scandal stories to “oust” the President.
Robert Leonard has written that conservatives believe that this Russia scandal is used by this kind of media as a coup attempt. He continued that the people could not understand why these media outlets are trying to oust the regularly elected president. The people believe that there are double standards — they are asking why there is not one ongoing investigation about Clinton in connection to Russia? They are standing firm behind Trump.”