Stunning poll reveals 78% of Americans believe that reporters use incidents as props to support their agenda
America’s news media have blown their credibility. The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, won office despite the best efforts of the major media outlets to defeat him, and he now expects to use the media against themselves. Coming next: his dismissal of media accusations of racism.
The full commitment of the New York Times to serving as a propaganda outlet to defeat President Trump was revealed by the recording of executive editor Dean Baquet addressing key staff members leaked to Slate. In it, he signaled that the failed effort to discredit Trump as an agent of Vladimir Putin will be succeeded by an effort to tar him as a racist. The newspaper that serves as pilot fish for the rest of the media has lost all credibility as a news-gatherer and now functions as a pusher of themes designed to damage the re-election chances of the president. Everyone can now see it.
It was surprising to learn that the leader of the Times is so open. But even before this revelation, the American public already understood. Sharyl Attkisson’s syndicated television show Full Measure commissioned a poll from Scott Rasmussen on media credibility, and it revealed that the abuses have gone on so long that the public has caught on and discounts the garbage being offered to it in the guise of news. Attkisson discussed the results with Rasmussen last Sunday. A full recording of the broadcast is embedded below, along with the transcript, courtesy of Real Clear Politics. Tim Haines summarizes, but the full transcript or video is worthwhile:
Sunday on “Full Measure,” host Sharyl Attkisson discussed a new poll showing a plurality of Americans think political media is more biased than it was five years ago. She talks with pollster Scott Rasmussen, who said: “We asked about national political reporters, are they credible, are they reliable? And you know, a little more than one out of three people say yes. When we ask about Wikipedia, we get the exact same answer. So what’s happening is we have a world where people look at journalists like they look at Wikipedia. Gee, that’s an interesting fact. I better check it myself.”
“The media has a huge credibility problem and it’s always had the problem,” he explained. “Oh, we talk about it differently today. Now we talk about it as a political bias. I think the issues have always been there. I mean, people were complaining about the bias of Walter Cronkite back in the 1960s.”
He continued: “78% of voters say that what reporters do with political news is promote their agenda. They think they use incidents as props for their agenda rather than seeking accurately record what happened. Only 14% think that a journalist is actually reporting what happened… If a reporter found out something that would hurt their favorite candidate, only 36% of voters think that they would report that.
“So voters are looking at them as a political activist, not as a source of information,” he concluded.