Trump Issues “Mainstream Media Accountability Survey”

Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, talk to the media after the Fox News GOP debate on March 3, 2016, in Detroit. (Photo: Salwan Georges, Detroit Free Press)
Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, talk to the media after the Fox News GOP debate on March 3, 2016, in Detroit. (Photo: Salwan Georges, Detroit Free Press)

Donald Trump is taking his frustration with the media to the American people.

On Monday, the Republican nominee solicited his supporters to take a “Mainstream Media Accountability Survey” so he can “have my own poll that shows that the American people disagree with the dishonest media!”

The survey was sent out Monday morning to supporters in an email that began: “We’re not just fighting against Hillary Clinton … We are running against the very dishonest and totally biased media! It’s time to hold the media accountable for trying to rig this election against us.”

The 30-question survey solicits views of specific broadcast outlets and also focuses on Hillary Clinton and other campaign issues.

Here are some samples from the survey — answer options are “yes,” “no” or “no opinion”:

“Hillary Clinton still gets a free pass from the media as she continues to lie about sending classified information on her secret server.”

“Political correctness has created biased news coverage of both illegal immigration and radical Islamic terrorism.”

“The RNC was right to drop CNBC as a partner after they failed to fairly moderate the October debate.”

“The mainstream media played a critical role in electing President Obama and is now attempting to do it again for Hillary Clinton.”

“More time is spent covering fake ‘scandals’ involving Trump than real scandals involving Hillary and our national security.”

“If Donald Trump said or did half of the things Hillary Clinton has, the media would effectively end his candidacy.”

“We should spend more time and resources holding the mainstream media accountable.”

In his email, Trump said he wanted a poll of his own to tout the next time he was being interviewed.

“All too often I’m asked about a ‘poll’ put out by a liberal organization that says the American people disagree with our common-sense reforms to fix our country,” Trump said in the email. “Well, Friend, with your help today, the next time I’m being interviewed, I will have my own poll that shows that the American people disagree with the dishonest media!”

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SOURCE: Eliza Collins
USA TODAY