Donald Trump is skipping the annual White House correspondents’ dinner for the second year in a row – and frankly, why shouldn’t he?
The AP reports White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev said in statement Friday that the “White House has informed us that the president does not plan to participate in this year’s dinner but that he will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend.”
As much as the media may whine that Trump’s second missed dinner is a further insult to the press (just like they did last year), it makes perfect sense that the president wouldn’t feel like hob-knobbing with the very people who’ve dedicated their lives to making him look as terrible as humanly possible.
Since Trump first took office in January 2017, Newsbusters analyses show the national media coverage of the president and his administration has been stunningly slanted against him. A closer look at the Trump-Russia coverage shows a whopping 91 percent of the media’s reporting on Trump was negative. And while they have no problem blaming Trump when the stock market falters, they almost never mention when it rises, much less credit the president for the success.
A look at the media’s reporting in 2017 shows Trump stories overwhelmingly dominated the news cycle, with 90 percent of the coverage being negative. Nearly half the media’s coverage of Trump involved controversies, not policies.
Even with all the unending criticism and nit-picking by the media, the president’s approval rating among the general public has continued to rise, jumping to 51 percent on Monday according to Rassmussen.
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