Sarah Sanders Says Her 'Credibility Is Probably Higher Than the Media's'—Is She Right?

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she thinks her credibility "is probably higher than the media's" on Tuesday, but the validity of her claim is questionable, based on some recent polls.

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When a reporter asked Sanders to address her claim from last August that President Donald Trump did not dictate his son Donald Trump Jr.'s statement on a controversial Trump Tower meeting—which contradicts information from a leaked letter to Russia probe special counsel Robert Mueller—Sanders refused to answer about matters "dealing with the outside counsel."

"I think you all know I'm an honest person who works extremely hard to provide you with accurate information at all times," Sanders said during her daily press briefing.

"Frankly, I think my credibility is probably higher than the media's," she added. "And I think in large part that's because you guys spend more of your time focused on attacking the president than reporting the news."

But Sanders's belief that Americans trust her more than the media is not supported by recent polls on the Trump administration and media outlets.

Close to half, 48 percent, of Americans trust CNN more than Trump, versus 35 percent who trust Trump more than CNN, according to a Monmouth University poll released on April 2. Another 13 percent said they trust Trump and the media equally. Similarly, 45 percent of Americans trusted left-leaning MSNBC more than Trump, while 32 percent trusted Trump more and 16 percent had faith in both equally. Even conservative Fox News beat Trump in credibility, 30 percent to 20 percent, although 37 percent said they trusted them equally.

In a Quinnipiac University poll last August, 54 percent of Americans said they trusted the media more than Trump to tell "the trust about important issues," while only 36 percent trusted Trump more.

"Confidence in the media has gone up this year while confidence in the executive branch has gone down," Reuters U.S. political polling editor Chris Kahn told Politico last October.