Criticism from both sides
I concur that the argument "we're making both sides angry, therefore we are doing a good job" from our news media is particularly specious. If that is their philosophy one really has to wonder what they think their job is that they are doing well. As a quick analogy I'm thinking that if at trial, both the defense and prosecution think the judge is doing a lousy job, it might just be that he is, in fact, doing a lousy job. It should hardly be taken as evidence that he is doing a good job.