Seriously folks after eight long years of Barry ‘O’ and one year of President Trump do we really need some cockamamie poll telling us that the American people no longer have much faith in that once venerable institution that we used to refer to as the ‘mainstream media’. A band of losers that has, today, come to be viewed by a majority of Americans as being little more than the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party. But, be that as it may it’s according to a new poll by Poynter, the self-described “global leader in journalism,” that nearly half of all Americans don’t trust the news media and believe the press makes up most of the stories it reports.
But then, that’s only because they do, and quite frequently. The Poynter Media Trust Survey discovered that 44% of those polled “believe the press invents negative stories about the president.” Not surprising, it’s the vast majority of Republicans (74%) who feel that way. And apparently none of those who take great pleasure in to referring to themselves as ‘journalists’ have learned anything, even after having been on the receiving end of a sizable wakeup call on November 8, 2016, when to their utter shock and dismay, Donald Trump, and not their favored candidate, Hitlery, won the presidency. As I recall there were some pretty glum faces that night.
Because not one of them saw it coming and it was every single network, even Fox News, who was overly confident that they’d be declaring only one victor that evening, Hitlery, and their biases were clearly revealed that night. The fallout was epic. All the major newsrooms scrambled to figure out where they went wrong. Most promised to do better to report the news outside of their left-wing bubbles but instead, it was in pretty short order that they were soon back to their old ways, spreading any negative story they could about Trump whether true or not. So it’s doubtful if this second supposed wakeup call will end up having any sort of an effect.
Those at Poynter are nothing short of a very determined bunch of optimists as they hope their survey will change things this time around. They said, “The finding should be a fire alarm for newsrooms; a widespread, fundamental misunderstanding among the public of what we do points to an urgent need to be more transparent about how and why we report news. Remedies to begin restoring audience trust include annotating stories and linking original documents and images to show how we know what we know, and publishing reports and videos taking the audience step-by-step through ethical standards, methods, sourcing and fact-checking.”
And they went on to say, “The Washington Post is doing that in a new series called “How to Be a Reporter,” which cited the Poynter survey as an inspiration and launched four days after Post editor Marty Baron spoke of the need for more transparency to address the trust gap at the Poynter Ethics Summit.” The Poynter survey did find that many Americans (49%) believe journalists report “fully, accurately and fairly,” but that’s only a few more percentage points than those that don’t. Democrats are confident in the mainstream media’s coverage to the tune of a whopping 74%. In contrast, only 19% of Republicans trust the media to tell the truth.
Now let’s just say that this is one of those very rare occasions where this poll is at least somewhere near to being accurate. I must admit that I find it all more than just a bit disconcerting that 50% of Americans are still able to trust what’s being reported in the ‘state-controlled’ media and billed as being ‘news’ coverage. I never watch the state-controlled media, which includes CNN and MSNBC. And I rarely watch all that much on Fox News these days. They sound like a broken record as they remain on their anti-Trump crusade, blaming President Trump, as well as those right-of-center politically, as the root-cause of every ailment that they can conjure up.
Then, of course, there’s the leftist entertainment industry, whose purpose is not so much to entertain but to indoctrinate imbecilic leftist viewers. Sadly, our state-run media and the entertainment industry have now essentially become one in the same, creating fake news and incendiary propaganda meant to motivate comatose to semi-comatose liberals. Liberals are not unlike Zombies or drones shuffling about aimlessly waiting for one of the chosen, the so-called leftist intelligentsia/handlers, to monitor their behavior and political fidelity to the Leftist Progressive subversive cause: A Totalitarian America. Liberalism is synonymous with Despotism.
You see, the true-believers of this twisted and rather perverted cause/religion are simply too incompetent to function on their own, and are completely unable to think for themselves. And what they are, are nothing more than carriers of what has very clearly become a deadly virus that can now be said to be sweeping across our nation and the world. It is called “Liberalism” and even the truth seems not to be enough to destroy it. I haven’t believed a damn thing from these purveyors of ‘fake news’ for years. Imagine how much better off this country would be if those who were once considered to be the watchdogs of our democracy actually did their job.