In the last 5 years, the media claimed that we were in a crisis of “misinformation” and appointed themselves as the nation’s fact checkers, censoring social media and determining what people could and couldn’t say.
Awkwardly, very few Americans trust the media and 50% believe the media is lying to them.
Fifty percent of Americans feel most national news organizations intend to mislead, misinform or persuade the public.
Those are ugly numbers.
Worse still, only 25% believe that national news organizations, aka the mainstream media, are not out to lie to them.
Those same 25% say that national news organizations care about their best interests.
Numbers like these are catastrophic. Americans hate and distrust the media. They view it as a source of deceit and destruction. And these numbers are not coming from conservatives, but the ultra-lefty Knight Foundation which is closely intertwined with the media.
This ought to lead to a wake-up call. Or at least an end to the pretense that the media has any trust or authority to fact check anything or police anything. Except, like most authoritarians, the media will double down. Journalism schools will spin these numbers to mean that the media should go even further in discarding the last shreds of objectivity to loudly scream its propaganda at a deafening volume. It’s not about what journalism, the media or the country needs, it’s only ever about the Left’s endless hunger for power.
Algorithmic Analyst says
That’s some progress. Slowly public attitudes are changing.
Years ago I ran into White House correspondent Sam Danielsons Staff .
They sincerely thought I had two heads when I mentioned how one-sided ABC News was. And had a similar conversation with Cokie Roberts. They sincerely believed they were fair and balanced. .they were in the DC bubble .
Now they’re not sincere they are purposeful propagandist . The media would not hire a person who didn’t pursue a left-wing agenda.
They know they have to stick to “ newspeak “ or they will be back in their hometown as a barista in Starbucks
Steven Kardas says
“We have been subjected to a blizzard of lies (about everything) for a long time.” – Mark Steyn
Dick Gripeman says
Ugly Sid says
Only 50%? So half our population is wilfully blind. Good to know.
Joany D'Agostino says
I believe in the honesty of the media. Stop trying to stop the press from telling the truth