A full 58% of Republicans believe that news outlets just make things up.

By |2019-06-06T07:38:01-08:00June 6th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |13 Comments

Somewhere Roger Ailes is smiling in his grave. 

Courtesy of WaPo:

If President Trump catches a glimpse of the latest data from the Pew Research Center on media trust in the United States, he may well launch a celebratory tweet or two. In a survey conducted earlier this year, Pew found a considerable gap between Republicans and Democrats on the work of journalists.

Fifty-eight percent of Republicans/Republican leaners say “journalists create a lot of made-up news and information,” as opposed to 20 percent of Democrats/Democratic leaners. That political partisans have opposing views on the media is not news. Less than a year ago, Pew released a study showing a 34-point gap between Democrats and Republicans over whether news organizations “tend to favor one side.” Guess which group agreed with that assessment by 86 percent, and which clocked in at 52 percent.

Republicans’ thumbs-down view of the media has tugged down trust ratings for the industry, which cratered in 2016 and have recovered somewhat since then, according to Gallup. When those numbers were still tanking, Trump told radio host Fred Dicker in September 2016, “I think I had a lot to do with that poll … because I’ve exposed the media. If you look at The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and if you look at others: the level of dishonesty is enormous. It’s so dishonest. I can do something that’s wonderful and they make it sound terrible.”

This expert on dishonesty shouldn’t have taken so much credit. The advocacy campaign to undermine the U.S. mainstream media, after all, began decades ago, in the Nixon era, and assumed its modern, professional incarnation with the 1996 launch of Fox News — the leading purveyor of false and misleading statements about the performance of the media.

I have been banging on this drum for well over a decade now.

Undermining the American people’s trust in the media has been vitally important to the success of conservatives in this country, and Donald Trump dialed all of that up to eleven. 

That mention of Fox News up above is dead on but leaves out the fact that Roger Ailes started that cable network specifically in order to push back on any news that showed the Republican party in a bad light regardless of its accuracy. 

And they have been wildly successful. 

I can say without equivocation, that without Fox News there would have been no President Bush, not Iraq War, and no Donald Trump. 

And as long as Fox News exists running interference for the GOP, the truth will rarely reach the ears of their supporters. 

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  1. Anonymous June 6, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    well of course they believe the news is FAKE, they watch Fox

    • Beaglemom June 7, 2019 at 3:57 am

      I was going to say the same thing! “Fake news” (or lies as normal people would say) seem to be the calling card of Fox News and also of Don the Con. We normal people prefer to get the facts, just the facts.

  2. nanna June 6, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    It’s shocking that they all believe even the most outrageous shit they hear on Fox, they don’t seem to have enough common sense to remember that when something sounds too good to be true it usually is (except of course for Sarah Palin’s bizarre 2008 campaign).

    OT have we noticed that Bristol hasn’t publicly acknowledged that her sister is pregnant, and with twin girls? Willow and Sunny happily married and blooming, Bristol’s jealousy must be eating her alive.

    • Anon June 7, 2019 at 10:51 am

      She pasted Willow’s announcement photo, very briefly, into her Instagram story; quickly followed up by some shallow, forgettable, series of “but look at me!” horse shit.

    • Anon June 7, 2019 at 10:54 am

      Good. I hope I never have to see that ugly mf again, for as long as I live.

    • Anonymous June 7, 2019 at 6:27 am

      My favorite part of the article was “Giuliani said in a statement he has a “pretty busy” schedule and as such can no longer appear on Fox News to defend Trump for free.”

      LOL, he has been working for FREE, I doubt it, more like little donnie hasn’t paid his bill !!!

    • Anon June 7, 2019 at 5:27 pm

      Wasn’t the trio visiting ol Donny in DC right after he got in office? Musta been when he was stopping many investigations eh? In the USA. The real deal is in the off-shore accounts.

  3. 2100 June 7, 2019 at 7:15 am
  4. Anonymous June 7, 2019 at 10:21 am

    That’s because they lie, I think they call that projection


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