The victims — the general public, particularly “on the right” — will be blamed, for not understanding or appreciating what they are being served.
As a collective industry, our mainstream corporate predominantly liberal and leftist media is manipulative, arrogant, elitist, demeaning, smug, and manipulative (but I repeat myself).
It’s no surprise that a just-released Report by the Reuters Institute and the University of Oxford finds US ranks last among 46 countries in trust in media:
The United States ranks last in media trust — at 29% — among 92,000 news consumers surveyed in 46 countries, a report released Wednesday found. That’s worse than Poland, worse than the Philippines, worse than Peru. (Finland leads at 65%.)
The annual digital news report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford also found some improvement in trust in nearly all the countries surveyed — probably thanks to COVID-19 coverage — but not in the U.S. where the low rating was flat year to year.
One explanation, though not necessarily the only one, is the extreme political polarization in the U.S. This study, like many others, found extremely high levels of distrust — 75% of those who identify as being on the right thought coverage of their views is unfair.
This is a national media problem, not a local media problem:
Local news, both print and broadcast, fared better than national news.
The victims — the general public, particularly “on the right” — will be blamed, for not understanding or appreciating what they are being served:
Like some kind of pathological narcissist, when you show corporate media stars these facts — you inspire more distrust than every media in **46 countries** surveyed — they will insist it's the fault of those who distrust them: they're dumb, manipulated, primitive, racist, etc.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 24, 2021
As if on cue:
This is an interesting finding, but:
1) The US has basically the same level of media trust as many other advanced democracies, like France and South Korea
2) The partisan numbers suggest that anything unique about the US is explained by the right's decades-old war on media pic.twitter.com/6xLTpLZJvY
— Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) June 24, 2021
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