NO ONE TRUSTS MEDIA ANYMORE
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The distrust many Americans and Europeans feel toward the news media, caught up like much of the nation’s problems in the partisan divide, only seems to be getting worse. That was the conclusion of a sobering study of attitudes toward the press conducted by Knight Foundation and Gallup and released Tuesday.
Nearly half of all Americans and Europeans describe the news media as ‘very biased,’ the survey found.
‘That’s a bad thing for democracy,’ said John Sands, director of learning and impact at the Knight Foundation. ‘Our concern is that when half of Americans have some sort of doubt about the truth of the news they consume, it’s going to be impossible for our democracy to function.’
Interestingly, the study was conducted before the coronavirus lockdown and nationwide protests over the press alleged circumstances death of George Floyd. Since then, public trust in mainstreme has tanked.
Eight percent of respondents, the majority of them politically conservative, think that news media that they distrust are trying to ruin the country.
The study found that 71% of Republicans have a ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ unfavourable opinion of the news media, while 22% of Democrats feel the same way. Switch it around, and 54% of Democrats have a very favourable view of the media, and only 13% of Republicans feel the same way.
This phenomenon shows that media is singing to the hymn sheets dished out by the liberal Democrats. That divide has been documented before but only seems to be deepening, particularly among conservatives, Sands said.
‘We’re starting to see more retrenchment among those who have already expressed deep concerns,’ he said. ‘Moving the dial on these attitudes becomes more and more difficult for media organizations.’
The study doesn’t attempt to assign blame for these attitudes. President Donald Trump has constantly labelled journalism as ‘fake news.’ Who is to blame for the nation’s political divide? Well, 48% of those questioned says the media bears a great deal of the responsibility.
The study found 73% of Americans feel that too much bias in news reports is a major problem, up from 65% two years ago. Those surveyed also didn’t believe much in honest mistakes. When there were inaccuracies in articles, 54% of Americans said they believed journalists misrepresented facts, while 28% said reporters were making things up in their entirety.
The picture isn’t much prettier when you take a step back. Knight and Gallup said 41% of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the ability of the media to report the news fairly, down from 55% in a similar survey in 1999.
Knight and Gallup conducted a random sample of 20,046 American adults between Nov. 8, 2019 and Feb. 16, 2020, and claimed a margin of error of plus or minus 1%. (AP – Associated Press.
Recently, mainstreme media claimed a mere 17,000 anti-lockdown protestors took to the Berlin streets on August 1; enough to fill a small town’s sports stadium.
Since a full 23-minute video of the event has been posted and has already been viewed 374,000 times. Nothing better demonstrates mainstreme media’s capacity for deliberately faking the news to fit the political agenda.
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