Majority of Americans think press has been too critical of Trump, poll finds

A majority of Americans say the media has been too critical of President Donald Trump, according to a new poll.

A Wall Street Journal / NBC News survey found that 51 percent of Americans thought the press was too critical of the new president, and 53 percent agreed that "news media and other elites" were exaggerating the administration's problems because they are threatened by the changes in Washington.

By comparison, 41 percent said the media has been mostly fair and objective, and 45 percent disagreed with the assessment the media was exaggerating the situation in Washington. Finally 6 percent of Americans said the media hasn't been tough on Trump enough. The poll surveyed Americans from Feb. 18-22.

The poll is the latest in a series of assessments handicapping how Americans feel about the White House's increasingly acrimonious relationship with some members of the established press. One poll found earlier this month that the administration was more trusted than the media, while another survey just last week seemingly contradicted that finding.

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New York Times endorsements through the ages

Republican Abraham Lincoln endorsed in 1860, 1864. 

Republican, Defeated Stephen A. Douglas (D), John C. Breckinridge (Southern Democrat), and John Bell (Constitutional Union Party)

Republican Ulysses S. Grant endorsed in 1868, 1872.
Republican Rutherford B. Hayes endorsed in 1876. 
Republican James Abraham Garfield endorsed in 1880.
Democrat Grover Cleveland in 1884, 1888, 1892.
Republican William McKinley endorsed in 1900.
Democrat Judge Alton B. Parker endorsed by 1904.
Republican William Howard Taft endorsed in 1908.
Democrat Woodrow Wilson endorsed in 1912, 1916.
Democrat James M Cox endorsed in 1920.
Democrat John W. Davis endorsed in 1924.
Democrat Alfred E Smith endorsed in 1928. 
Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt endorsed in 1932, 1936, 1944.
Republican Wendell Willkie endorsed in 1940.
Republican Thomas E. Dewey endorsed in 1948.
Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower endorsed in 1952, 1956.
Democrat John F. Kennedy endorsed in 1960.
Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson endorsed in 1964.
Democrat Hubert Humphery endorsed in 1968. 
Democrat George S. McGovern endorsed in 1972.
Democrat Jimmy Carter endorsed in 1978, 1980.
Democrat Walter Mondale endorsed in 1984.
Democrat Michael S. Dukakis endorsed in 1988.
Democrat Bill Clinton endorsed in 1992, 1996.
Democrat Al Gore endorsed in 2000.
Democrat John Kerry endorsed 2004.

The president has attacked the media as recently as Sunday, firing back at reports critical of his team's possible relationship with Moscow, and attacking The New York Times by name.

"Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks!" Trump tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted, "For first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!"

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