Americans Believe The Media Is A THREAT To Freedom
Major New Polls: 84% say that the Mainstream Media is a Danger to Democracy
Two prominent polls released in the past week reveal that Americans’ trust in the mainstream media is at a near all time low, with a significant majority believing that it is a threat to freedom.
A Gallup poll highlights that just 34% have trust in the mass media to report the news “fully, accurately and fairly,” a figure that is only 2 points higher than an all time low recorded in 2016.
Just 7% of Americans have “a great deal” of trust and confidence in the media, according to the survey.
“Notably, this is the first time that the percentage of Americans with no trust at all in the media is higher than the percentage with a great deal or a fair amount combined,” Gallup notes.
The pollster concludes that “Americans’ confidence in the media has been anemic for nearly two decades, and Gallup’s latest findings further document that distrust.”
Meanwhile, A New York Times/Siena poll reveals that a whopping 84% believe that the mass media is a “threat to democracy.”
Almost two thirds believe that the media is a “major threat” to freedom.
NYT/Siena poll: 59% of Americans think the mainstream media poses a “major threat to democracy.”
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) October 22, 2022
Most important problem
— Katphiche (@Katphiche) October 22, 2022
Highlighting how political divided the country is, 87 percent of Trump voters view the media is a major threat, while only 33 percent of Biden voters said the same thing.
While Democrats cited the Supreme Court and the Electoral College as other prominent threats to Democracy, Republicans pointed to the federal government, voting by mail and voting machines.
Earlier this year, Gallup found that only Congress is a less trusted institution in the U.S. than television news, with only 11 percent of respondents saying they have “quite a lot” of trust in it.
Newspapers garnered a little more, but still only a measly 16 percent.
The pollster concluded that the criminal justice system and banks are more trusted than the media at this point.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald pointed out that the only reason the media manages to register trust levels above zero is because of identity politics, specifically Democrats choosing to side with the blatantly biased agenda driven regime messaging outlets.
The only reason these pitiful numbers for trust in media aren’t zero is because Dems — of course — trust the media in far larger numbers (35% for newspapers) than GOP (5%) and independents (12%). Same with TV news.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 5, 2022
Similarly, a Reuters study conducted in 2021 found that nowhere is the media less trusted than in America where fewer than one in three people have any form of trust in the institution.
This is an extraordinary (though unsurprising) finding. Most amazing is that the corporate sector of the US media is failing in every respect: financially, culturally, collapsing trust.
Any other industry failing like this would engage in self-critique, asking why. They never do https://t.co/CCbrA3nTvQ
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 24, 2021
Few within the media are capable of self analysis, but those who are have acknowledged the media is waging a war on “diversity of thought”, and has become a “cancer”.
A Gallup poll from last year found that 84 per cent of Americans blame the media for creating corrosive political divisions in the country, but also said that there is hope that the media can “serve as a healing force.”
The survey also found that 54 per cent believe fake news is reported deliberately while 74 per cent believe media owners are influencing news coverage.
(TLB) published this article from Summit News
Header featured image (edited) credit: Bank of TV News channels/metamorworks / Getty Images
Emphasis added by (TLB) editors
Stay tuned to …
The Liberty Beacon Project is now expanding at a near exponential rate, and for this we are grateful and excited! But we must also be practical. For 7 years we have not asked for any donations, and have built this project with our own funds as we grew. We are now experiencing ever increasing growing pains due to the large number of websites and projects we represent. So we have just installed donation buttons on our websites and ask that you consider this when you visit them. Nothing is too small. We thank you for all your support and your considerations … (TLB)
Comment Policy: As a privately owned web site, we reserve the right to remove comments that contain spam, advertising, vulgarity, threats of violence, racism, or personal/abusive attacks on other users. This also applies to trolling, the use of more than one alias, or just intentional mischief. Enforcement of this policy is at the discretion of this websites administrators. Repeat offenders may be blocked or permanently banned without prior warning.
Disclaimer: TLB websites contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available to our readers under the provisions of “fair use” in an effort to advance a better understanding of political, health, economic and social issues. The material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving it for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes other than “fair use” you must request permission from the copyright owner.
Disclaimer: The information and opinions shared are for informational purposes only including, but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material are not intended as medical advice or instruction. Nothing mentioned is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.