Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.
A great deal or “fair amount” adds to 32%.
While it is clear Americans’ trust in the media has been eroding over time, the election campaign may be the reason that it has fallen so sharply this year. With many Republican leaders and conservative pundits saying Hillary Clinton has received overly positive media attention, while Donald Trump has been receiving unfair or negative attention, this may be the prime reason their relatively low trust in the media has evaporated even more.
The same is happening in New Zealand. We have a media that is by-and-large pro left and anti-government, yet the largest party enjoys the support of centre-right voters.
The question remains: why is it that the media are deliberately moving away from their readers?
This leaves a vacuum that we “hate bloggers” and “conspiracists” have moved into and made our own of course.
Readers and viewers are starting to discover that who they have been told for years are crackpots and marginal loons have been fairly well on the mark all this time.
The American public are responding to their media’s constant vilification of Trump. The media doesn’t understand that their own audiences are sitting there actually agreeing with Trump.
At home, it does my head in when I see the NBR get stuck into the government with some left-wing crap criticism. Do they even know who is paying for their salaries? Do they not understand that alienating their own economic foundations isn’t a smart thing to do in business?