American trust in the mainstream news hit its lowest point since 2016, with those who identify as Democrats seeing biggest declines, according to a newly released Gallup poll.
Just 32 percent of Americans say they trust the news a great deal or fair amount; 29 percent of adults said their trust level is not that high, and about four in 10 Americans have no trust in the news media, which represents the highest level on record.
The latest poll was conducted in September, before Hamas’s major attack on Israel. The Gallup report said it began counting in 1972 and trust levels have been monitored every year since 1997. Trust in the news media has not risen above 47 percent since 2005.
“Trust ranged from 68 percent to 72 percent in three readings in the 1970s, and though it had declined by the late 1990s, it remained at the majority level until 2004, when it fell to 44 percent,” the Gallup report said. “After rebounding slightly to 50 percent in 2005, it has not risen above 47 percent since.”
TRENDPOST: The Gallup poll noted that Democrats have traditionally expressed more trust in the news media than Republicans, but the gap is narrowing—as the group’s trust in mass media has fallen 12 points over the past year to 58 percent. (Republicans saw an 11 percent decline while independents saw a 29 percent drop.)
The Trends Journal has reported extensively on how the public is turning away from the corporate media due to partisan coverage of news events. (See “STUDY: MAINSTREAM NEWS CONSUMPTION WILL MAKE YOU SICK,” “NEWS CONSUMERS TURN AWAY FROM NEAR-CONSTANT COVID PROPAGANDA” and “RUSSIAN NEWS OUTLET WARNS OF WWIII, WESTERN MEDIA CALLS IT ‘PROPAGANDA.’”)
How can anyone be surprised by these numbers? Social media allows critics to call out the state propaganda seen on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. It is also easier to expose conflicts of interest that once could be hidden.
Republicans have been forced to watch Fox News promote war and continue its crusade for the party’s establishment.
Democrats watched MSNBC be accused of muzzling their Muslim anchors amid Israel’s brutal onslaught in Gaza, and Jen Psaki, the former chief propagandist for the White House, is now the face of the network.
Independents have seen candidates like Cornel West and Robert F. Kennedy be all but ignored by the mainstream, except for the few occasions Kennedy was paraded on Fox News in hopes to damage President Joe Biden.
Instead of reporting on the facts, and then discussing how we got here, the news media becomes fighters for their “side.”
One conversation that crystalizes that point is the recent interview between Fox News’s Sean Hannity and Republican hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy, who the network wants to write off as a rogue.
Ramaswamy, to make a larger point about how politicians enrich themselves by promoting endless wars, mentioned how Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor, made a fortune at Boeing after her time in office.
She has been one of the loudest backers of Israel because she needs the Evangelical vote, which is Fox News’s brand of Republicanism.
Hannity defended his girl and said it was outrageous to suggest Haley was motivated by anything other than her deep love for Israel.
“What are financial corrupting influences that Nikki Haley is taking a position on? We’ve got pictures of dead babies decapitated, burned babies’ bodies. We’ve got the equivalent of what would be, population-wise in the U.S. over 37,000 dead Americans. So, how much more evidence do you need? What are you talking about?” Hannity said, according to Mediaite.
The candidate responded to the anchor, who was heated, and said, “Well, the fact of the matter is, I think anybody who has been a military contractor, anybody who has made $8 million including on serving on the board of Boeing collecting stock options while running for U.S. president on corporate boards, has made money for military contracting through a family business is disqualified from being the U.S. president in a time of war. I think we cannot see our march to World War III in this country.”