Based on how President Donald Trump represents his relationship with the mainstream media, you might be surprised to learn what the media thinks about him and the administration. Politico surveyed more than 60 journalists in the White House about their experiences covering Trump, and its results are incredibly revealing: 68 percent of those surveyed consider Trump the most openly antipress president in history.
Sure, it's not so shocking that a majority of journalists covering the White House regard Trump as antipress, but Trump's numbers are fairly comparable to previous presidents. Of the reporters who have covered previous administrations, 42 percent of them said Trump's administration offered about the same amount of access as other presidents and 21 percent said this administration offers more access.
Despite the Trump administration's constant criticism of the "fake news" mainstream media, 68 percent of reporters said they had never received a complaint from the White House about their stories. It also seems that the "failing" New York Times and The Washington Post are performing quite well in the White House press corps' eyes: 16 respondents said The Washington Post was doing the best job and 12 nominated The New York Times.
The press was torn on Press Secretary Sean Spicer, though they do appear to have some faith in him despite his repeated blunders. While 49 percent of reporters said Spicer would make it into 2018, 46 percent said he would be replaced this year. Five percent said Spicer would make it through the first term.
It's worth noting that only five percent of the respondents indicated they were Republican and 70 percent of them still plan on attending this year's White House Correspondents' dinner . . . despite one noticeably absent though typically regular attendee.