sitelogo3Every semester, I ask students a few questions about media. One of the questions they recently answered was: What are your thoughts about President Donald Trump’s relationship with the media? Here are some of their answers.

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“Trump is very close with the media and updates his Twitter often. I feel like this will have a negative effect.”

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“For the short time that he has been in office, I believe he has been very close with the media and social media, for example Twitter. Trump has been using Twitter to connect with society, which is somewhat a good strategy, as Twitter is used by over 300 million people, but at the same time, I don’t think he is really creating positive Tweets or promoting himself well through media.”

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“He hates the media, but he often has reason to because the media likes to share things that are controversial, not necessarily the truth.”

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“He’s doing better than any of us could imagine doing if we were in his position.”

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“Many liberal journalists are against Trump right now with his “fake news.” I think the president needs to let everyday Americans know how the world is going, and what laws he is passing. I think he is doing fairly well right now with the media.”

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“He seems to have a poor relationship with the media, especially those preaching for environmental protection.”

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“Without the media, Trump might be half-decent. It doesn’t help that the majority of media is obviously anti-Trump, but the real problem is the way he takes to Twitter like a 14-year-old girl who just got dumped – yet he’s the leader of this nation.”

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“I feel as though some media outlets portray him in a different way than others, but I feel like he almost embraces it instead of running from it or getting offended by it. He uses it to his advantage.”

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“I think the way he treats the media is unprecedented as a leader of our country, and in many ways is unpresidential.”

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“It’s crazy.”

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“Our president, now holds and reflects principles of concern in regards to relations with the media and journalists. He, at times, is very combative and seemingly spiteful in remarks to the press or social media. I support the increased engagement, along with the rise in attention politics has received following the recent election, but question whether such brash positions on a primary source is healthy for an American democracy.”

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“I think Trump uses the media to his advantage. He used it well during his campaign, and I think he has a relatively good relationship with the media.”

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“It’s sickening. How does he have the time to Tweet and run the country?”

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“He needs to stop. It’s unprofessional. He needs someone in charge of taking his thoughts and communicating them with the public.”

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“I think it is funny how adults throw temper tantrums when he says something that is not PC.”

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“Inappropriate and unprofessional.”

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“He is very scandalous, and he posts the most inconsistent things.”

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“I don’t think Trump puts his best food forward when he’s responding to the media. he is impulsive and answers without thinking about the effect that his words have on all of us.”

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“I think he can be outspoken and obnoxious.”

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“Yuck. He has already disrespected women, minorities and disabled people nationwide.”

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“Appalling.”

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“My thoughts are not kind. He is an idiot in the worst way, and he literally looks and acts like a court jester on all media outlets. His team has their hands full. I hope they are prepared for a long, sordid four years.”

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“None of the media seems to like him, and that is not a good thing considering the media has the biggest influence on people.”

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“Strong advocate of his media interactions.”

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“Personally, I believe he is too involved in media. I think being someone who is relatable to many is good, and I think media is a good way to do that, but there are some boundaries. Trump just says whatever he thinks oftentimes on media outlets, and I think that is getting him in trouble, and over time, will cause conflict and may cause people to see him as out of control or immature.”

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“I think he does a good job of getting attention, but a bad job at getting his point across without offending people.”

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“He is awful with his word choices. He’s like a 7-year-old child, and says things he really shouldn’t, and needs to hold himself and his new position in the world in high esteem.”

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“My views about Trump’s relationship with the media are that he deals with them in the best way he can. Some media outlets treat him disrespectfully, but others have a good relationship with him.”

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“President Trump’s relationship with the media may be on the bad side, but I think the way he handles the media will end some of the fake news that some networks have reported, not just on President Trump, but on other global issues as well.”

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“He’s doing exactly what he wants with the media. The more they talk about him, good or bad, the more relevant he is.”

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“I have several opinions on this topic. I think that, while it is good for the press to have a healthy mistrust of the government, and vice versa, the Trump administration takes it a step further. President Trump has, in his opinion, been doubted and ridiculed by mainstream media, though he did at least receive coverage while several early presidential candidates received little to no coverage. He seems to dislike the press so much that I am actually afraid that there could develop a gap and communication problems.”

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“I find myself having mixed views on President Trump’s relationship with the media. He is definitely the most involved social media president we have ever had. At times, I think his actions are immature or embarrassing. However, our generation and society is centered on media, so whether we agree with him or not, he found a way to access Americans through our main channel.”

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“I think the media has an overall tendency to focus on negativity and negative press, but even so, I do not agree with all the statements Trump makes in front of and through the media. He, though, understood the media’s tactic and took advantage, which was a smart and endeavoring move. I believe, as the president of the United States, you should represent yourself well and take your words into consideration, and Trump does not always do that, especially towards the media.”

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“I think he is doing an amazing job at handling them and letting himself speak his mind.”

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“I think that sometimes things can get twisted around, but sometimes he does handle the media in a very dramatic and unprofessional way.”

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“I think Trump does not have a good relationship with the media. He doesn’t communicate well, especially on Twitter, but the media also picks apart everything he says and does.”

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“He uses the media to share his thoughts in a vulgar, outspoken way.”

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“I believe our president’s relations with the media are aggressive, but good. He is aware of our fake news sources, and news sources that twist his words. He’s even called some of them out, calling them ‘garbage,’ such as the news network Buzzfeed.”

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“He’s supposed to be our president, not a Twitter troll.”

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“President Trump’s relationship with the media could be considered good or bad. At times, he doesn’t have a filter, but that could also be a good thing.”

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“He’s an idiot. He goes to social media with every problem, and bashes others on there as well.”

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“I believe both sides are not in the right. Trump should be professional, and the media should be performing their jobs, and not let opinion consume them.

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“Combative. Extremely combative. Trump’s game plan is to always be on the offense. The offense can control the tempo of the ‘match,’ whereas the defense can only be reactionary.”

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“I think that his relationship with social media is the worst of any previous presidents.”

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“Our new president is very big on wanting the media to report only facts, which is understandable. However, President Trump is very aggressive in his tactics to sway news companies.”

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“His relationship is very immature and different than a president’s relationship should be.”

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“I think he is bombarded with only negative commentary, and I believe many people are very one-sided against/for him.”

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