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“The media won’t talk about that” . . . So how do you know about it?

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There’s a common criticism of the media that it doesn’t cover certain issues. It’s a favorite refrain these days, especially among President Donald Trump and his supporters.

Trump regularly accuses the media of downplaying his rally crowd sizes. “They don’t show the crowd. They show me,” Trump told a crowd in Alabama in September of 2017. As he made that go to accusation, which is about as common as his promise to make Mexico pay for the wall, CNN had a split screen of Trump and the crowd at the rally.

Then, there’s the economy.

Trump regularly touts job numbers, the unemployment level, and other positive economic news. He often accuses the media of not publicizing the numbers being released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Trump’s Republican supporters also take the media to task for their incorrect perception that it’s not giving the American people the facts. It’s a charge Republicans invented long before Trump was elected, but one they’ve perfected under him.

Not long after Trump was sworn-in, Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, in a speech where he said everyone should “get their news directly from the president,” touted the consumer confidence level being at a 16-year high.

“The national liberal media won’t print that, or air it, or post it,” said Lamar. In actuality, the news outlets people like Lamar accuse as being “liberal” – the New York Times, Washington Post, and others – do regularly report on economic data, even if it is to the political benefit of Trump.

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