Trump’s ‘fake news media’ accountability survey gets trolled & ridiculed
In his quest against ‘fake news’, Donald Trump has launched a Mainstream Media Accountability Survey asking Americans to “fight back against the media’s attacks and deceptions.” The unprecedented poll was met with much trolling online.
In the wake of Trump’s press conference where he attacked much of the media for its alleged biased reporting and spreading of completely made up stories based on dubious sources, the US President said on Twitter that “fake media” is the enemy of American people.
His campaign's fundraising committee sent out an invitation to Trump’s supporters to take part in the unconventional poll. With many leading questions, the survey appeared to set out to prove how right Trump’s administration has been.
How long until we see the results of the mainstream media accountability survey? I'm sure the results will be a surprise.— Mel (@MelWebster) February 17, 2017
“Please take the Mainstream Media Accountability Survey to do your part to fight back against the media’s attacks and deceptions,” the email read.
CNN, MSNBC, and Fox are named in the survey, with respondents asked which television source they get their news from and whether they trust the outlets to “report fairly.” The survey also asks respondents to list the news sources they use the most.
Trump's online survey reads like something he wrote himself without reading twice. pic.twitter.com/fWngqvDb4y— Ivan (@Privlko) February 17, 2017
Another question asks on which issues the mainstream media does “the worst job of representing Republicans.” Choices include immigration, economics, pro-life values, religion, individual liberty, conservatism, foreign policy and Second Amendment rights.
Question 10 asks whether respondents believe “the mainstream media does not do their due diligence fact-checking before publishing stories on the Trump administration?”
@girlsreallyrule Took the survey. What a joke. That isn't a survey it's political propaganda. Trump is seriously & dangerously deranged— Plural_prints (@PluralPrints) February 17, 2017
“Do you believe that the media unfairly reported on President Trump’s executive order temporarily restricting people entering our country from nations compromised by radical Islamic terrorism?” and “Were you aware that a poll was released revealing that a majority of Americans actually supported President Trump's temporary restriction executive order?”, were among the more specific questions in the survey.
Users were also asked if they believed that political correctness was the cause of the biased news coverage with regards to illegal immigration and radical Islamic terrorism.
Note the last Q in the Donald Trump "media accountability" survey - This was sent to supporters. pic.twitter.com/NKacQWYJIG— Jackson Proskow (@JProskowGlobal) February 16, 2017
Respondents were asked to comment on Trump’s “media strategy” to cut through the “media’s noise” and deliver the message to the people and on his decision to “break with tradition by giving lesser known reporters and bloggers the chance to ask the White House Press Secretary questions?”
The bizarre survey received a lot of attention online, with many choosing to essentially troll the president by filling out the survey with their opinions and comments.
Others appeared confused by the wording of the questions.
answering the dumb trump media survey & honestly not even sure how to parse this sentence to give a yes/no answer pic.twitter.com/i23WwAb93p— Josh Fruhlinger (@jfruh) February 16, 2017
The questionnaire was described as being “awkward,”“bizarre” and “narcissistic.”
@ParkerMolloy Fill it out, if only to see how narcissistic this administration is. Persecution complex. Seriously, those questions...— EatJerry (@stonermouse) February 17, 2017
After diligent – and trolling – respondents complete the 25 question survey, they are led to a page urging them to donate to “defend our movement from the outrageous attacks from the media.”