Increasingly, Americans are trusting the media sources less and less that they used to rely on unquestionably to keep them informed but that is the fault of those same media outlets, not the people who distrust them.
Americans, and especially conservatives, already had their doubts about the veracity of many in the “mainstream media” after eight years of sycophantic treatment of Barack Obama. But after four years of Donald Trump, a wide majority of Americans now see the media for what it is: A dishonest gaggle of partisan Democrats who serve as that party’s propaganda wing.
In a new survey from Rasmussen Reports, one of the country’s most reliable pollsters, 58 percent of respondents said they agreed with this statement heartily or at least somewhat: “Do you agree or disagree with this statement: The media ‘are truly the enemy of the people?’”
“Which means 42 of Americans are stupid,” Breitbart News’ John Nolte quipped.
Yes, the responses were pretty partisan, he went on to note, but that doesn’t make those respondents wrong:
Responses to additional questions in this same poll (of 1,000 likely voters taken between July 7-8) are just as devastating for the fake media, if not more so.
“Do you trust the political news you are getting?” Only 37 percent said yes, while a plurality of 43 percent said no. Only 20 percent were not sure.
When that same question is broken down by party, only 26 percent of Republicans said they trust the news media, while 58 percent said no.
Surprisingly, only 56 percent of Democrats said yes. While that’s a majority, it’s a small one, which tells you that even though the media are left-leaning and eager to tell Democrats what they want to hear, only 56 percent believe what they hear. Granted, only 26 percent said they don’t trust the media, but 18 percent said they were unsure.
Now, this survey came just ahead of a frank admission by fired New York Times associated editor Lauren Wolfe, who noted in a Substack piece ultimately published by Washington Monthly in which she frankly, openly admits she’s a biased leftist whose political leanings not only inform who she interviews for stories but also which stories she decides to cover.
“Ever since I was fired from The New York Times at the end of January, no matter what I publish or say about journalism online, angry people come out of their hidey-holes to yell at me. They say that I’m biased … that journalists are all crooked, and that I’m a perfect example of why no one can believe anything we in the media say,” Wolfe wrote.
“So, I’d like to talk a little about this idea of bias—and its implied opposite, objectivity—in journalism. They are inextricably linked,” she noted further.
“I’ve always believed it is better to be open about my views on the issues I cover, which for a long time have been war and international human rights. And yes, I often do write with an agenda—with an eye toward creating change,” Wolfe added.
“So yes, I am biased, and consciously so when it comes to certain subjects—especially when I’m reporting on criminality. But I don’t see that as a bad thing,” she wrote.
Here’s the difference: ‘Mainstream’ outlets claim to be unbiased but they are clearly not; outlets like ours, for instance, are clearly biased (towards conservatism and liberty) and we make that very plain from the outset by not pretending to be something else.
Maybe if the Times and the Washington Post and CNN would simply come out and say they are hopelessly biased towards Democrats, more Americans would begin to trust reporters again. At least they would know where reporters stood, politically.