The American press has gotten its news cycle out of control.
The media’s ability to predict the next election and the next presidential election has become a liability.
A CNN poll released Thursday showed that just 40 percent of Americans think news outlets correctly forecast the results of elections in the past two elections.
A poll by Politico last month found that just 35 percent of voters believe the media accurately predicted the outcome of elections over the past six years.
These numbers are all bad news for a president who campaigned on a promise to protect the press and get it right.
But as we approach the first week of his presidency, the president’s problems with the press have gone beyond the national headlines.
He’s facing a major crisis over the credibility of his own press secretary, Anthony Scaramucci, and the administration’s decision to fire the longtime Washington bureau chief, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, for insubordination.
The president has made a number of troubling decisions in his first days in office, and there’s little question he’s frustrated by the press corps’s failure to adequately represent him and the nation.
In addition to firing Scaramuccino, Trump’s first executive action has been to reverse the Obama administration’s guidance on when it is acceptable to release classified information about national security threats.
The new administration has also taken steps to weaken or eliminate a slew of press freedom laws, including the Freedom of Information Act, the Freedom from Unfair Competition Act, and various laws protecting press freedom.
Trump has been increasingly combative with reporters and journalists.
In his first day in office he tweeted that the “FAKE NEWS media is trying to make my job very hard.
I will fight them like the never ending fight of my life.”
This week, he tweeted, “I want to thank all the great reporters at @CNN for giving me the chance to get back on TV.
They do a great job.”
That’s not a threat to attack a reporter, but it does underscore a problem with the president and the media that has been well documented.
The fact is, Trump and his administration have been making headlines with their own behavior.
The administration has threatened reporters, and then failed to explain why they were doing so, and when they were.
The White House also has been using a variety of threats to try to intimidate journalists.
It has publicly called reporters “dishonest scum” and said it will release “dumb and dirty” stories that “disgrace the office” by “slander and libel.”
The president also threatened to fire or suspend journalists who reported on his alleged ties to Russia.
He has not fired a single reporter since the inauguration.
He also has repeatedly attacked news organizations for not publishing stories that have been critical of him.
He fired FBI Director James Comey because the FBI is investigating the president, despite Comey’s repeated assurances to the contrary.
Trump also threatened a reporter for the New York Times.
Trump then tried to threaten the Washington Post with legal action, saying, “If they report that I was wrong about my firing of James Comey, that will be a very big story.”
Trump’s actions and statements about journalists and the press could lead to some of the worst press relations in the history of the United States.
That said, there’s a clear lesson here: Media coverage of the Trump administration has been a mixed bag.
It’s hard to find a good or fair story.
Trump’s administration has not been very good at being able to present the press as a whole with a fair and balanced picture of its actions and decisions.
In particular, Trump has tried to do his best to delegitimize the media by attacking and bullying some of its reporters, particularly those that are critical of the administration.
The press has often been at the forefront of the fight against Trump’s rhetoric and actions, often making it hard for Trump to defend his policies and his presidency.
When Trump has attempted to delegitsimize the press, it has often backfired, leading to some major controversies for the president.
In February, Trump fired CNN anchor Jake Tapper for reporting on the firing of FBI Director Robert Mueller.
On Wednesday, Trump attacked CNN’s Jake Ticker on Twitter after Tapper said he had witnessed a meeting between the president-elect and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office.
Trump later tweeted that he “never even met Putin.”
In May, Trump called CNN’s Brian Stelter a “so-called liberal” and accused him of “dismissing the President’s lies about wiretapping.”
In June, Trump threatened to sue The Washington Post for reporting that Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was being investigated for potential ties to a pro-Russian political party.
He later said he was “proud” of the Post.
On several occasions, Trump criticized the media for not reporting on some of his other actions and suggested that he might be able to get away with more egregious violations of the Constitution.
For example, he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that