And: “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 just released its annual survey on trust in the mass media. Overall trust was just two points off the all-time low (emphasis added):
At 34%, Americans’ trust in the mass media to report the news “fully, accurately and fairly” is essentially unchanged from last year and just two points higher than the lowest that Gallup has recorded, in 2016 during the presidential campaign.
Just 7% of Americans have “a great deal” of trust and confidence in the media, and 27% have “a fair amount.” Meanwhile, 28% of U.S. adults say they do not have very much confidence and 38% have none at all in newspapers, TV and radio. 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.
Hear that? I’ll repeat it, more people have NO TRUST in the media than have trust in the media:
It will surprise no one that a majority of Republicans have no trust whatsoever, and a majority of Democrats have a lot or fair amount of trust. There always has been this partisan divide but the divide widened dramatically after the 2016 presidential election.
Of course the 2016 election sharpened the divide. Anti-Trumpism in the media turned bias into outright manipulation. Perhaps more important for electoral purposes (since the mass media is Democrat media), Gallup finds that independents trust in mass media is at an all time low (emphasis added):
- For the third straight year, the majority of Republicans indicate that they have no trust at all in the media. This figure jumped 10 percentage points in 2020 and has been at or near 60% since then. This year, 57% say they do not have any confidence, while 29% say they do not have very much.
- At 27%, independents’ confidence is at the lowest point in the trend. This is also the first time that it has fallen below 30%. Meanwhile, 41% of independents say they have no trust at all and 32% do not have very much.
- While the great deal/fair amount of confidence reading among Democrats has never fallen below the majority level, the proportion with a great deal of trust has not topped 26%, and it is currently well below that at 18%.
Democrat media is losing independents. It already lost Republicans. Only Democrats love the mass media.
This is yet another example of why people hate the mass media. At a press conference called by Herschel Walker to highlight evictions at a property owned by Raphael Warnock’s church, the media litteraly screeched at Walker:
A crowd of ~20 reporters screeched at Herschel Walker this morning when he suggested they do their jobs and talk to the people who have faced eviction notices from the apartment building owned by Raphael Warnock's church.
They're so close to the building they can almost touch it pic.twitter.com/D8TmLAGU0N
— Andrew Kerr (@AndrewKerrNC) October 18, 2022
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