Pew asked whether the media's criticism of political leaders primarily keeps them from doing things they shouldn’t – or keeps them from doing their job.
Eighty-nine percent of Democrats picked “keeps them from doing things they shouldn’t.” Only 42 percent of Republicans agreed. This 47-point gap is a record for the Pew poll, which has been asking the public their opinion on the watchdog role of the press since 1985.
“The gap stands in sharp contrast to January and February, 2016 — when Americans were asked the same question. Then, in the midst of the presidential primary season, nearly the same share of Democrats (74 percent) and Republicans (77 percent) supported the watchdog role,” Pew researchers said. The largest previous gap was 28 points during the presidency of George W. Bush.
Would Democrats really express interest in a "watchdog media" if journalists were applying exactly the same scrutiny to Schumer, Pelosi and Co. right now that they're applying to Trump? If journalists brought this level of aggression to reporting on Obama?Read more at NewsBusters