A media watchdog group says the fact that Donald Trump's approval numbers are holding steady is proof-positive the anti-Trump media is losing its influence.
Democrats and the mainstream media continue to hammer President Donald Trump over his every move. But his approval ratings have been fairly consistent since the Mueller Report was released. In fact, it's identical to President Barack Obama's at the same time in his presidency.
Rasmussen's Daily Presidential Tracking Poll had President Trump with a 49-percent approval rating on Tuesday. On the same date in 2011, Rasmussen had Barack Obama at 49 percent, too – and that was with the advantage of a supportive media.
Curtis Houck of Media Research Center points out that Trump is overcoming relentless negative media coverage with successful policy initiatives.
"You've really just got to look at economic growth," he begins. "Over three-percent economic growth like we saw on Friday coming out from the government? That's pretty good."
But with some exceptions, he says, good news about the Trump administration from the mainstream media isn't likely to see the light of day.
"When it comes to this president, any time there is a poll where from the previous poll to a current one there is a decline of any sort, CNN and the rest are eager to cover it," he observes. "But when there's a poll where the president is holding steady – like there's been since the Mueller Report – the media have just seen no reason to cover that."
According to Houck, the president's steady numbers show the media is continuing to lose the public's trust. "They were expecting in this Trump era to continue to see a rise in support and money flowing into their supposedly draining coffers," he states – but that's not happening.