Over his first two months in office, President Trump experienced some difficulties. Things started with the infamous lies to the media about the size of the inauguration crowd; segued into a scandal over the White House’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who was fired for having lied to Vice President Pence over contacts with Russia; and fell apart with a disastrous travel ban. There was little progress on filling the government with appointees and there was a general atmosphere of chaos (little diminished since then) fed by Trump’s tweets, including the claim that President Barack Obama had tapped his wires in Trump Tower.
So how much trouble did reporters have in finding positive stories over the first 60 days of the Trump administration?
Plenty, according to an extensive new report by the Pew Research Center. Here’s a breakdown:
By contrast, Obama over his initial days in office didn’t make a series of baseless claims on Twitter, didn’t dispatch aides to lie on his behalf, didn’t face a scandal over his national security adviser and didn’t call certain media outlets the “enemy of the American people.”