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US Election: Poll Shows Voters Do Not Trust Media’s Fact-checking

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majority of U.S. voters say that they do not trust U.S. media’s
fact-checking of presidential candidates’ statements, according to a new
poll.

The
new Rasmussen Reports poll released yesterday found that when it comes
to fact-checking presidential candidates’ statements, almost two in
three likely U.S. voters do not trust the media, with only 29 percent
saying otherwise.
The
distrust of media is deeper among Republican presidential nominee,
Donald Trump’s supporters, with 88 percent believing that U.S. media are
bias. By contrast, almost six in ten Democrat, Hillary Clinton’s
supporters trust media fact-checking.
While
Clinton was criticized for shunning media by rarely holding a press
conference, Trump, the New York billionaire developer famous for his
bombastic tone, wrangled with the media now and then after his usually
contradictory statements on issues such as Iraqi War and controversial
remarks were scrutinized by the media.
The
media bombardment began late July after Trump derisively answered
criticism from Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim American solider
killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq.
On
the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Khan blasted Trump
for his divisive remarks and proposal to temporary ban Muslims entering
the country.
The
Republican standard-bearer responded by implying that Ms. Khan, who
accompanied his husband on stage on the final day of the Democratic
National Convention, was forbidden to speak.
Then
on Aug. 9, Trump caused another round of media frenzy after suggesting
that supporters of gun rights could take action against his Democratic
counterpart Clinton if Clinton wins the election.
“Hillary
wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” said Trump
during a campaign rally in Wilmington, North Carolina. “By the way, if
she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks.”
“Though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is,” he added.
As
he was still scrambling to tackle the backlash after his gun rights
comments, Trump on Aug. 10 handed the U.S. media new prime fodder after
declaring that U.S. President Barack Obama “is the founder of ISIS,”
referring to the extremist group Islamic State.
Despite
a conservative radio show host’s apparent move to help him clarify his
position, Trump on Aug.11 stepped up his accusation of Obama, saying
that he “meant he (Obama) is the founder of ISIS.”
Because
of the deterioration of the relations between his campaign and the
media, Trump in August call the U.S. news organizations “the crooked
media,” proclaiming that he was not running against “Crooked Hillary”
but against “the crooked media.” 
Source: New China 

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