President Donald Trump is more popular than the mainstream media and they continue to demonstrate why. Americans’ trust and confidence in the media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has plunged to its lowest level in Gallup polling history. Only 32% say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.
Since 1972 Gallup has been asking “In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media—when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly—a great deal, a fair amount, not very much or none at all?” The highest level of trust for the media was in 1976 when it was up to 72%. Good investigative journalism, as evidenced by the Watergate scandal and Vietnam reporting, gave Americans confidence in the news. Internet blogs and non-mainstream news outlets are changing the lay of the land for traditional news organizations by calling them out when they are biased or agenda driven.
“…we are seeing people gravitate towards sites because they recognize the mainstream media isn’t the only game in town.”
“The point is, there are voices and issues that the mainstream media sometimes doesn’t capture, and it’s important for those issues to get as much prominence as some of the mainstream ones,” Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary said recently. “Over and over again we are seeing people gravitate towards sites because they recognize the mainstream media isn’t the only game in town.”
A classic example of biased reporting comes from CBS News correspondent Scott Pelley, who has been eager to use “falsehoods as part of a regular, nightly indictment of the President’s character,” stated Rich Noyes of the Media Research Center (MRC).
“If he’d been just as challenging of falsehoods from Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, Pelley could rightly be seen as a truth-seeker who pulled no punches,” Noyes who reports for America’s leading media watchdog said. “But selectively going after a President like Trump who is deeply unpopular in liberal media circles doesn’t exactly qualify Pelley for a ‘Profile in Courage’ award.”
The latest Suffolk University poll reveals 50 percent of their respondents have a bad opinion of the media. Donald Trump has a 47 percent unfavorable rate. Only 37 percent have a favorable impression of the media, while has a 45 percent favorable response.
The latest IBD/TPP poll said 54 percent of Americans agree with Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon’s statement that the media are the “opposition party.” Over 55 percent say they are now “weary from the media’s persistently negative coverage of President Trump.”
Liberals are favorable with the news media opinion by 72 percent according the first poll. Conservatives have an unfavorable opinion of the media by 73 percent. Over 34 percent of Americans agree that “journalists and the media are the enemy of the American people.”
A major media study shows that 88 percent of the media’s coverage of Trump has been “hostile.”