Distrust Of Media Hits Record High
The results of a new Gallup poll reveal that Americans’ distrust with the media is more severe than ever and that is just those willing to admit it.
More American’s than ever have woken up to the fact that the media is often used for little more than parroting press releases and talking points handed out by the government, corporations and special interest groups.
Accroding to the latest gallup poll conducted on the subject a record 60% of the public now falls under this category of specifically having little or no trust of what the media is reporting.
Of course, this is merely the percentage of the population that isn’t afraid to tell what they truly think a topic which is best exemplified by iPhone users claiming the new iPhone 5 they were being shown was much better than the previous model even though they were secretly being shown the previous model.
The reason for the distrust is clear.
Propaganda is routinely echoed without ever questioning the validity of the claims and the media uses the excuse they are trying to maintain objectivity.
As HBO’s new show the News Room, which I highly recommend, exposes in detail in every episode this is done even when it is blatantly obvious what is being reported is full of blatant lies, half-truths or other misleading information.
Another great example of this was during Jesse Ventura’s appearance on the CNN show Piers Morgan on Friday.
During the show Morgan gets owned by Ventura who throughout the show countered numerous government propaganda talking points Morgan stuck by.
Morgan simply being at a loss of any logical counter argument tried resorting to the “you are a tin foil hat wearing crack pot” tactic.
Ventura simple responded by embarrassing Morgan on national TV by asking the audience their opinion.
Not a single person in the audience thought Ventura was crackpot points.
Instead the entire audience roared in applause that Ventura was making good points.
Here’s more from RT on the poll.
RT – There’s something you should hear, but we’re willing to bet you might not believe it. The results of a new Gallup poll reveal that Americans’ distrust with the media is more severe than ever.
Gallup released findings from one of their newest studies on Friday, and through their research the polling group has determined that more than half of Americans have little to no trust in the mainstream media. According to the group’s findings, 60 percent of Americans polled say they have “little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.”
Pollsters with Gallup have asked Americans about their take on the mass media routinely since the 1990s, but analyzing the answers they’ve received in the two decades or so since reveals that distrust is indeed at a record high.
Back in 1997 when Gallup first began regularly asking around, only 46 percent of the people polled said they had very little-to no trust in the media, compared to 53 percent who favored it either a great deal or a fair amount. Today, 40 percent say they trust their sources that much, compared to 44 percent just one year earlier.
The results of the Gallup study come close to mirroring statistic from a similar poll conducted recently by Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos and the SEIU. When they asked around one month ago if Americans had a “favorable or unfavorable” view of the political media, 78 percent of those polled said they were more than weary of political journalists.
That isn’t to say that Americans had a negative outlook on their news sources before that though, either. Gallup adds that they polled people for their take three different times during the 1970s, but back then as many as 72 percent responded favorably about the American media.
“Media sources must clearly do more to earn the trust of Americans, the majority of whom see the media as biased one way or the other. At the same time, there is an opportunity for others outside the ‘mass media’ to serve as information sources that Americans do trust,” Gallup reports.
Gallup conducted their latest survey between September 6 and 9, and sampled 1,017 random adults from the United States. There is a plus-or-minus margin of error of 4 percent.
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