Gallup, Pew confirm mainstream media ratings distrust is highest ever
“Hysterically biased against Trump and Republicans”
In increasing numbers, Americans are realizing that the mainstream media cannot always be trusted. According to the latest poll information released by Gallup, the number of Americans that have little to no trust in the establishment media is at an all-time high.
“U.S. adults estimate that 62% of the news they read in newspapers, see on television or hear on the radio is biased,” Gallup reports. They “estimate that 44% of what they see is inaccurate. And they believe that more than a third of the news they see in these channels is misinformation — false or inaccurate information that is presented as if it were true.”
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance.
That is a significant reason why we have seen the alternative media experience such rapid growth over the past few years. The mainstream media has lost so much credibility at a staggering rate, one just has to compare the size of their daily newspaper to what it was just ten years ago. That’s even if they even subscribe to a newspaper as more Americans are starting to look elsewhere for the truth about what is really going on.
Newsroom employment across the nation continues to decline. Even though some digital driven news outlets have experienced some growth, newspaper employment continues to dwindle. New survey data from a Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics shows even more bad news for establishment media.
“Voters More Likely to Credit Trump for Economy Over Obama” …Rasmussen
“From 2008 to 2017, newsroom employment in the U.S. dropped by 23%. In 2008, about 114,000 newsroom employees – reporters, editors, photographers and videographers – worked in five industries that produce news: newspaper, radio, broadcast television, cable and “other information services,” the Pew report stated. “By 2017, that number declined to about 88,000, a loss of about 27,000 jobs.”
Newspapers have been hit the hardest with a 45% decline in their employment since 2008. That’s a drop from about 71,000 workers in 2008 to 39,000 in 2017. About a quarter of news digital outlets experienced layoffs between January 2017 and April 2018. Broadcast and cable television has been somewhat more stable, but still had losses. But radio broadcasting lost 27% of their newsroom employees during the same time period as newspapers.
Last year, ABC News suspended their renowned reporter Brian Ross for his false report that President Donald Trump had instructed his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, to contact Russian officials during the presidential race in 2016. The report was false. As rightly so, Trump’s instruction to Flynn came after he was in office.
“Voters see more chance for President Trump’s reelection these days and strongly believe that impeachment is not the best strategy for Democrats running for Congress.” …Rasmussen
Ross’s suspension was just icing on the cake for the account that virtually every fake story they released goes in one direction: to be as provocative and damaging to President Trump as possible. But the problem for the media is that as some point, once these false reporting “errors” become so numerous toward advancing the same agenda, they cease looking like mistakes.
Here are some examples:
Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and others, erroneously reported that Deutsche Bank received a subpoena from Robert Mueller’s special investigative counsel demanding President Trump’s financial records. The story was false.
CNN reporters forced to resign
In June, the media took a blow when three reporters from CNN were forced to resign after their fake news about a pre-inaugural meeting between Russia and the Trump team had to be retracted. Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtblau, and Lex Haris were identified as those who resigned after their article appeared on CNN’s website last Thursday but was removed the following evening.
CNN apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, a Trump transition team member, who was falsely reported to be involved in a meeting with a Russian investment fund member.
Caught on tape
Even more evidence against CNN’s fake news bias was revealed in video footage supplied by Project Veritas showing a Sr. Producer admitting to their deceptive reporting. John Bonifield is caught on tape saying the CNN narrative is mostly made up about Russian collusion with the Trump administration, stating, “I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime.”
Bonifield confirms that CNN staff is ideologically biased against Trump, stating, “I know a lot of people don’t like him and they’d like to see him get kicked out of office…I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me…you have no real proof.”
Fake Russian influence reporting
CNN was one of several establishment media channels that spread fake news about a study on Russian influence efforts in the United States. CNN cited the study, from the Oxford Internet Institute, to show that fake news targeted swing states during election week. It later was proven these news outlets omitted facts and mislead readers toward false narratives.
CNN was one of the first outlets to indicate the ill-reputed report on the anti-Trump dossier was initially funded by a Republican donor. False again. The opposition research firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, had contracted with Republican donor Paul Singer for research on candidates including Trump, but that was unrelated to the controversial dossier.
“Most of all, as poll after poll proves, the public have (for good reason) lost faith in the media’s credibility. Voters accurately see the media as the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party. A huge majority of Americans (an incredible 72 percent) have caught on to the fact that the establishment media are so hysterically biased against Trump and Republicans, they invent fake news, which of course, is true.” …Breibart News
- Literally every facet of last December’s Washington Post was false about their story that Russian hackers had hacked into the “U.S. electricity grid” through a Vermont utility. Russia hacked into the U.S. electric grid to deprive Americans of heat during winter (Wash Post).
- The Guardian reported that WikiLeaks has a long, documented relationship with Russian President Putin (Guardian).
- A secret server between President Trump and a Russian bank has been discovered (Slate).
- Crowdstrike discovers that the Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app (Crowdstrike).
- Links have been found between Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci and a Russian investment fund under investigation (CNN)