Free press? Define "free". You mean the corporate for-profile press with close ties to politicians? No, I don't trust them. There are some good journalists doing good work, they are typically not the headlines that tend to focus on the unimportant. Real issues are complex and require work to expose and explain.
By free press I mean the mainstream press, nytimes, WSJ, WAPO, etc. Thank you for answering my questions. I disagree nearly 100% but I don't think I can change your view -- this is not saying that I think the press is 100% reliable.
Do you think Trump is more or less prone to lying than the mainstream press?
I trust what I can read myself.
So does I. That's why I don't post things as, say, Rybolovlevs plane being spotted in Concorde, NC the same day Trump held a rally there (Rybolovles was the same person who brought a 95M house from Trump, arguably above market price) because I can't verify it.
But let's take todays press conference: According to the Trump administration, the inaguation was the most attended in all of history (is that true?), there were more people on the subway than during the Obama inaguation (is that true?) and it was the first time protective pads were used on the lawn (is that true?). This information appears to be in conflict with other evidence reported from many different sources.
What am I to make of that?
All sources of news tells things that are false, or put a spin on events. I think we both agree that is bad, but in that case it is bad both when Trump does it and when CNN does it. The truth is the truth no matter who tells it.
Try arguing for the opposite point of view and you might learn things about people and your own beliefs.
The past months I have read RT today and breitbart every day. I try to follow the nut-right on youtube as well. It is very enlightening. What sources that oppose your view do you follow on a regular basis?