Actually I think the problem here is that the media have to walk on eggshells because about 40% of the population is waiting to pounce on them.
Can you imagine if 60% of the population was waiting to pounce on them?
It's kind of a guess but I think most people Trust the media more than Trump. The latest poll I could quickly find on it is from September:https://thehill.com/homenews/administra ... than-trump
However, a problem is illustrated by the distribution of answers to this question:
Who do you trust more to tell you the truth about important issues: President Trump
or the news media?
72% of Republicans said they trusted Trump more while only 12% said they trust the media more. I'm sorry, but if you trust Trump to tell you the truth about important issues more than you trust the news media you are an idiot. You either have no critical thinking skills or you have suspended them.
Fortunately, I guess, Independents trusted the media more by 54% to 27%. I say "I guess" because having 27% of ANY group think they can trust Donald Trump to tell them the truth about ANYTHING is disturbing. Even if you think you can only trust the media to tell the truth 50% of the time 50% is greater than 0%.
The most intelligent distribution of responses was, of course, provided by Democrats. They trusted the news media more than Trump to tell the truth by 89% to 1%. Serendipity borne of opposition, perhaps. But it's consistent with the fact that Trump can be trusted to tell the truth 0% of the time.