A new poll from Axios and SurveyMonkey has some brutal findings for the mainstream media. Graced with a wonderful opportunity after the 2016 election to change their methods and start reporting news down the middle, the media has utterly squandered what might well be the last of its chances. According to the poll, a full 70% of Americans now believe that “traditional major news sources report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading.”
Words cannot begin to express how devastating this is for the legacy media; they have completely lost the trust of the public. And yet, one can hardly feel sorry for them; they had PLENTY of warnings that this result was coming down the pike.
Interestingly enough (or not), Axios decided that it was not overwhelmingly newsworthy that a huge majority of the American public has lost all faith in the mainstream media.
Instead, they chose to headline their story with a subset of the poll: 92% of Republicans and Republican-leading independents think the media reports fake news. This is, of course, so they can spin their story with this bit of insight: “The data shows that trust in the media is heavily influenced by partisan politics, with Republicans more skeptical of mainstream media than their Democratic and Independent counterparts. Other studies from Gallup and Pew Research Center have drawn similar conclusions.”
In other words, oh, here’s a poll showing how Republicans have been brainwashed by cult leader Donald Trump into believing that all mainstream news unfavorable to his administration is fake. We really gotta do something about these white supremacist hillbillies and their conservative media, dontcha know?
That spin would only be relevant, though, if that other number were not looming so large. 70 PERCENT of Americans! That’s not just overwhelming, it’s shocking. We’re talking about people who get up every day and read/watch stories from The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Wall St. Journal, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and the rest…fully (and correctly) believing that at least some of what they’re reading has been made up or falsified in some way! And Axios thinks this is a REPUBLICAN story?
Maybe they were being ironic by printing their own fake news…
The major news outlets should do some intense soul-searching and figure out what it will take to earn back the trust of the American people. If they continue to lie to themselves and cater their “news” to the #Resistance in the name of an agenda, they are going to be just another page in the history books before they know it.