All The News That Gives Us Fits

File under Reap What Ye Sow:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ trust in the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly has edged down four percentage points since last year to 36%, making this year’s reading the second lowest in Gallup’s trend.

In all, 7% of U.S. adults say they have “a great deal” and 29% “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in newspapers, television and radio news reporting — which, combined, is four points above the 32% record low in 2016, amid the divisive presidential election campaign between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In addition, 29% of the public currently registers “not very much” trust and 34% have “none at all.”

Axios’ morning email thingie summarizes thusly:

Trust in media hits pre-Trump low

Gallup polling finds trust in news media is down to 36%, four points above the record low in 2016, amid the divisive presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

  • Look at this party breakdown of media trust: 68% of Democrats … 31% of independents … 11% of Republicans.

Trust has fallen in half since the Nixon era. Gallup polling between 1972 and 1976 found 68% to 72% of Americans trusted mass media.

Frankly, I’m amazed that it is that high, as we have very little actual journalism but mega-merde ton of punditry passed off as journalism, with the rictus grin of Upchuck Todd as the cherry on top, declaring that the spice must flow.

Our Failed Political Press ™ is the topic at Mike’s Blog Round-Up this morning and it is worth the time to see what my blogging betters have to say.

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1 Response to All The News That Gives Us Fits

  1. schmice3 says:

    Trump boasted from the beginning that he was going to trash the media so they wouldn’t be believed about anything. His follower freedumb-loving yahoos who attended his rally will contract COVID and as sure as day, they will blame Biden. But they are the real traitors. This IS a national defense issue. Fifth Columnists. Hypocrites. Liars. Fascists. We are doomed. Fuck them.


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