Fewer people every year believe that the mainstream media is telling the truth and working to inform the people, but this poll is the worst yet.
According to a new Gallup Poll (and remember, Gallup is a left-leaning pollster) found that fewer people than ever have any trust at all in the mainstream media in the U.S.A., the Associated Press reported.
Instead of asking a more nebulous “do you trust the media” question, this Gallup and Knight Foundation poll asked a bit more directly. The poll asked respondents whether they agreed or disagreed with the premise that news organizations do not intend to mislead their readers/viewers. A whopping 50 percent said they feel that the media absolutely intends to mislead Americans. Only 25 percent said that they felt the media works to present the truth.
That is stunning. Half the participants said that members of the media fully intend to lie!
That isn’t the only bad news in this poll. When asked if the news media “care about the best interests of their readers, viewers and listeners,” and even higher 52 percent said that the media does not care about the best interests of Americans and a mere 23 percent said the media does care about what we need to know to live an informed life in our civil society.
The poll also found that 55 percent feel there is a great deal of political bias in the national news media’s reporting, that is up from 45 percent reported in 2017.
“That was pretty striking for us,” Gallup’s Sarah Fioroni said. “The findings showed a depth of distrust and bad feeling that go beyond the foundations and processes of journalism,” she added.
Perhaps what is striking at all is that Gallup and the Knight Foundation could be at all surprised by these findings. The news media is outed as partisan liars nearly every single day. How could Gallup be surprised that people think the national media is a biased, crooked, shill for the Democrat Party and the extreme left-wing?
This isn’t a mere 1,000 polling pool, either. This Gallup poll was taken of 5,593 Americans aged 18 and older conducted between May 31 and July 21, 2022.Commentary