The American news industry is losing the trust of the public – and that is a good thing. Despite their best efforts, Trump is more popular than the press according to the poles. As a profession, the news media has the trust of approximately 41 percent of the people according to Gallup polling. That’s right. Almost two-thirds of the American public do not believe the news media is a fair and honest source of information.
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The distrust is particularly and appropriately deep in terms of what may be fairly described as the left-wing media – that powerful portion of the east coast press that reports consistently against all things Republican, conservative and, especially now, President Trump.
The fact that it is the left-leaning press that drives down overall confidence in the news media is seen in the political divide in the nation. Only 15 percent of Republicans have confidence in news coverage – although they rate FOX News considerably higher. Two thirds of independents distrust the mainstream news services – and again the distrust is directed at the more liberal outlets. Even 31 percent of democrats share the majority view – distrust of the news services across the board.
The liberal media cabal that dominates news coverage out of New York City and Washington. D.C. has reached new pinnacles of partisanship with the election of Trump as President of the United States – and new nadirs of public trust. The left-wing’s media assault on candidate Trump in 2016 brought down the public trust in news reporting to an all-time low of 36 percent.
In the course of the next two years – with Trump, Republicans and conservatives under withering attack from the liberal mainstream media — the news industry gained nine points to reach a 45 percent trust level. The impeachment and removal effort – which was to be the political coup de grâce for Trump – found the President’s favorable rating rising again and the public trust in the media dropping to the current 41 percent. And even of this 41 percent, only 13 percent trust the media “a great deal,” with 28 percent only a “fair amount.”
The distrust of left-wing media is also seen in the ratings – the public’s direct expression of trust. The much media maligned FOX News is the run-away leader in ratings among cable news services – surpassing the viewership of MSNBC and CNN combined.
Liberals have long lamented the fact that conservative talk radio outperforms liberal talk shows by overwhelming numbers. The left tried to launch a full radio network with “Air America.” It failed. They tried to create a television counterpoint to Rush Limbaugh with former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and former Texas Governor Anne Richards. It failed. They then tried to resurrect the old “Phil Donahue Show.” It failed. People were voting their trust with their radio tuners and television remotes.
The news media has an enormous advantage over all other sectors of American society. They both produce and validate their own publicity. How often we hear of their uniquely existential role to the Republic. They engage in orgies of self-congratulations and exaggerations of self-importance.
As the primary vehicle of communication between our leaders in all fields and we the people, the news media bears an important responsibility to be fair and balanced – to objectively present all sides of key issues and provide a platform for all decision- and opinion-makers. One of the pillars of democracy is a FREE press – free of censorship and bias.
The journalistic profession touts a code of ethical conduct that is supposed to guide its responsibilities to the public. This includes accurate and honest reporting – separating objective news coverage from editorial opinion. And even within the editorial function, there must be room for the expression of alternative viewpoints in the form of columnists, guest editorials and letters-to-the-editor. But even these now operate under the rules-of-bias.
A news media that is no longer free – that no longer fairly and honestly reports the facts – is, in fact, a danger to the Republic. Rather than a vehicle of education, it became an instrument of propaganda. It uses the power and devices of the trade to impose a parochial viewpoint on the public rather than to present the range of facts and opinions and allow the public to reach its own conclusions. As MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski once said of the news media, “It is our role to tell the public what to think.”
There are two ways the news media can lose its description as a truly “free press.” Their role of free and unbiased communication can be forcefully suppressed and controlled by despotic regimes. That is what can be found in such countries as North Korea, Russia and China – where the government uses the iron fist of authoritarian governance to oppress reportorial freedom and suppress and even punish opposition opinion.
But there is another way for the press to lose its objective freedom. It is when the profession, itself, voluntarily and corruptly aligns with one element of government – one philosophy or one political party. It is then that the news media surrenders its tradition of freedom and fairness to enlist with one faction of a diverse society to the exclusion of all others.
The American news media has been devolving from its role as a traditional free press for decades. Today it is virtually totally corrupted by pernicious partisanship. It operates no longer as a free press benefiting the public-at-large, but as an instrument of propaganda for a powerful partisan faction – specifically, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.
The cancerous bias at the core of the mainstream press is led by the unfortunate coalescence of the Big Seven (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post). They are a bubble-encapsulated political and cultural community that reports on each other as much as the outside world. Times and Post writers, reporters and editors provide most repeat panelists on CNN and MSNBC shows throughout the broadcast day.
Conversely, cable news personalities, such as MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, are frequent editorial contributors to the pages of the Times and the Post. This incestuous orgy continues with those published editorials being admiringly read on … CNN or MSNBC.
The remaining panelists are divided between their own reporters, employed analysts, paid contributors, like-minded false-flag Republican strategists and partisan politicians. Rarely is there ever a true counterpoint person participating in the discussion.
Without fear of challenge, these so-called journalists develop and present specious and bogus narratives which they advance with all the bias of courtroom prosecutors. The cable shows often offer up 6, 8, 10 or more panelists – all with the same viewpoint. I have often referred to them as the “panels of parroting pundits.”
As I switch back and forth, I find that CNN and MSNBC often present the same points with the same biases and even the same “guests” in the same program. On occasion, they have actually completed a sentence in the crossover.
These networks use censorship, out-of-context statements, mendacious analyses and blatant prevarications to proffer their case. They do more than put their thumb on the left side of the scale. They pile on.
Democrats well understand the advantage they have in the east coast newsrooms – and they use it to advantage. They know that virtually anything they say or claim – no matter how outrageous — will be reported favorably by their allies in the press. Opinion is presented as fact – and there will be little or no debate. Throughout the impeachment process, the media calls on Republicans to “do the right thing” – as if their politically proposed course of action is the ONLY possible right thing to do. It is the very definition of propaganda.
Insofar as it is true that a free and objective press is essential to a small-d democratic society, the current left-wing media culture is a clear and present danger to the Republic. Inherent in the need for a free and unbiased press is the need for a FULLY informed public. The latter is not possible without the former.
And why should we trust the liberal media? They sang to the Democrats’ song sheet in the campaign, and the nation was shocked when the election did not go as reported. For almost two years, the media again sang the new Democrat tune regarding the Mueller investigation, and all the biased speculation was wrong … dead wrong. And now they are at it again.
It may be the plan of the Democratic Party to impose its will and self-serving philosophy on what they maliciously mischaracterize as the ignorant, heartless, immoral, intolerant and utterly deplorable masses, but the contempt we the people – most of us, at least – hold for today’s media combine is the counterbalance to their bias.
Fortunately, the American people are not the fools the liberal press arrogantly assumes and portrays.
The hope for the future of honest journalism is the continuing and even increasing our distrust of the bubble encased left-wing propaganda media – and the polling numbers and the ratings are our public justice. Our vote of no confidence.
So, there ‘tis.