20 Years of Exposure Later less than 14% of People Trust the Media
Over 20 years ago Dan Rather was fired for trying to shove Fake News down our throats about George W. Bush after being exposed by a poster on FreeRepublic.com, and that was years after CNN lied about being on location in a war zone, and years after Hillary Clinton’s lies about taking in gunfire while on a visit with then-President Bill Clinton.
“Fake News, is at it again,” said President Donald J. Trump, Thursday, who has never backed down the media.
The Tea Party political movement, which was a reaction to the unconstitutionality of Obamacare, was largely inspired by exposing the bias in the media that bordered on Propaganda at the time for Democrats and an attack machine on Republicans.
After obviously fake news polls in 2016, and after years of activism and hundreds of millions of social media posts exposing the agenda, later there now are less than 14% of Americans who trust the media.
While social media tech giants attack the average American, who used to have the right to speak, Americans are turning out the most high profile sources for their information about current events and politics.
According to a Gallup Poll, 86% of Americans said that the media is biased, with 49% of respondents saying that there is “a great deal” of political bias in news coverage and 37% saying there is “a fair amount” of bias, according to the poll.
People are more concerned with other people’s news sources than they are with their own; when given a choice, 69% of Americans were concerned about bias in the news that other people were viewing, while 29% were concerned about the bias in their own news sources. 56% of respondents agreed that there was political bias in the news source that they relied on the most, the poll found.
The poll found that Americans are divided along party lines when it comes to trusting the media. Republicans distrust the media more than Democrats – 71% of Republicans reported viewing the media “very” or “somewhat” with unfavorability, while 22% of Democrats and 52% of independents said the same
President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized “fake news” and media bias, and Democrats and Republicans differ in their views of such attacks. They agree that the media is under attack, but 70% of Democrats who agree that the media is being attacked say that it is not warranted, while 61% of Republicans who think the media is under attack say that it is justified.
The poll also found that Americans viewed political in news as a “major problem” and that they perceive inaccuracies in news as purposeful and intended to push a specific agenda
73% of respondents said that bias is a “major problem,” compared to 65% who said it was a major problem in 2017. A majority of Americans – 54% – said that inaccuracies were intentional because reporters were misrepresenting facts, and 28% believed reporters made up facts entirely, the poll found.
When asked about news organizations that they distrust, 89% of Americans said that those organizations are trying to push a certain agenda. Only 12% said that the organizations they distrust were failing to report the facts accurately despite an honest attempt to do so.
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