Just moments after President Donald Trump’s surreal, whirlwind press conference came to a close Thursday, the Trump campaign sent out a very strange email.
The email posits that the media is an enemy that must be deflected, inviting recipients to take a survey about how much they hate CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and all mainstream media. “Instead, you — the American people — are our last line of defense against the media’s hit jobs.” But there’s more. As if to drive the point home with the hammer of Thor, the 25 questions are branded “the Mainstream Media Accountability Survey.”
Most of the questions lead the reader to confirm an assertion about how unfairly Trump has been treated by the media, or the “opposition party” as his top strategist Steve Bannon calls it. But, give them credit for knowing their audience. The whole thing is just one giant example of confirmation bias, aimed at people already on Trump’s campaign mailing list. The survey basically says: The media is terrible. You agree, right?
One question shows a lack of historical context, asking about the Democrats’ alleged obstruction of Trump’s cabinet nominees. Let us not forget how Republicans obstructed then-President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
Still, the details pale in comparison to the survey taken as a whole, a document sent under the name of a rabble-rousing, sitting president to stir up in his supporters’ animosity toward the free press.
Just read it for yourself: