US media trust

September 23rd, 2012 at 9:50 am by David Farrar

Gallup has released the latest of its annual polls measuring trust or distrust in the US by Americans.

A record high 60% say they have not very much trust or no trust at all in the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.  This has declined 14% over the last decade.

What is interesting is the breakdown by affiliation. 58% of Democrats say they have a fair or great deal of trust in the media and only 26% of Republicans say the same. Now some may say that this is because Republicans are detached from reality, but they also found that Independents have only 31% trust in the media. What this suggests to me is that the majority of the media are seen as Democrat-aligned and too sycophantic to the Democrats – hence the rest of America has little faith in them.

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14 Responses to “US media trust”

  1. kowtow (8,428 comments) says:

    Yep, obviously lefties find an echo chamber and confirmation of their prejudices in the media.

    I believe the same thing happens in the Anglo Saxon world where the chardonnay socialist set use the Guardian and the BBC as their primary source of opinion rather than thinking for themselves.

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  2. flipper (4,050 comments) says:

    Nice piece, DPF
    KT…
    Yep. Add Red Radio, TVNZ, Campbell, Greenfax and the Horrid.

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  3. tom hunter (4,805 comments) says:

    – hence the rest of America has little faith in them.

    And it will make no more difference to them than complaints against them directed via the ancient “Letters To The Editor” device.

    They will not change – ever. They won’t change even when going bankrupt. The only thing that any right-winger or independent should do is simply ignore them. Don’t read them. Don’t watch them. And don’t link to them. They’ve been pushing left-wing ideas and concepts, usually via appeals to emotion, for a long time now, so just let them naturally drift into becoming blatant arms of left-wing political parties.

    In the US it would appear that they have gone even more into the tank than ever before. As Obama-voting lefty (not left enough for some of course) Walter Russell Mead put it, on the matter of the end of the Afghanistan “surge”:

    We should all be very glad that we have a Democratic president right now; otherwise the news would be terrible. We would be seeing a rash of horrible and depressing stories in the newspapers about strategic failure, with unremitting second guessing and belittling of a president who agonized for months before the surge and then saw his plan fail. We’d be hearing non-stop reports in the media about the incompetent and klutzy leader who torpedoed his own policy by announcing a withdrawal date; the man who tried to please everybody and do everything—and failed at all he tried.

    The press would be jumping on this narrative. There would be continuous coverage of the disarray in Afghanistan: the soldier’s we’re training are shooting us, the corruption is intensifying, and the opium trade spreading. There would be story after story about how Afghanistan seems little changed after the surge, and how peace is still not at hand. These stories wouldn’t be on the back pages; they’d be perceived as major news with profound implications for America’s global position and the Sunday shows and nightly TV news round ups would be full of talking heads endlessly analyzing each wrinkle of the failure.

    Instead of concentrating on the real terror threat, the press would tell us, this hypothetical clueless Republican president wasted time, treasure and attention on a failed strategy in Afghanistan. The press would try to hang the corpse of the U.S. ambassador in Libya around the neck of a Republican president, if we had one right now.

    As usual the point is not what a GOP president would have done in Afghanistan – I’m not convinced McCain would have done any different – but the media treatment of the decisions changing simply because the current President has a (D) after his name. Meade makes that precise point:

    But thankfully we have a Democratic president, and in an election year the normally feisty American media—the same media that worked night and day to expose every flaw and contradiction in the Bush policies in the region (and they had plenty to expose)—is too busy reporting the flaws in the Romney campaign (again, there’s much to report) to pay attention to anything as insignificant as a comprehensively failed presidential strategy in a foreign war.

    So the news is upbeat, and there are no connections being made.

    Apparently the US media think they can continue to get away with this. The figures above, combined with massive collapses in viewership, readership and advertising revenue numbers, suggest they can’t for much longer.

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  4. Pete George (23,558 comments) says:

    Roger Douglas had a good dig at local media over their obsession with the John Banks overkill.

    We can trust NZ media – we can trust them to do trivial crap to death.

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  5. tom hunter (4,805 comments) says:

    we can trust them to do trivial crap to death.

    I quite agree. But my disgust with their reflexive bent-knee approach towards left-wing philosophies has reached such a point that I’m very glad they feel compelled to write about little else but trivial crap. I’d much prefer they do that than push left-wing themes, and if it causes people to increasingly ignore them then so much the better.

    I want them to burn to the ground, and if they do so while dancing with The Ridges amidst the flames that just makes the spectacle more enjoyable.

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  6. flipper (4,050 comments) says:

    PG…agree!

    Douglas would be good as a regular contributor, but that would be too much to hope, would it not?

    Of those on the Q+A panel this morning only East has any real world knowledge.

    Of course the ultra-left Q+A producers had their sop – Hager.

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  7. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    Of course in NZ you’d have to count most ants and many wealthy elite as democrats and eg in the states,the Hollywood megarich are mainly in the democrats.

    Over their they have the powerful republicans standing,up for the disenfranchised hard working taxpayer. Over here, we have no-one speaking for us.

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  8. F E Smith (3,305 comments) says:

    This even extends to the coverage of the US election in the NZ papers, as well as in the UK online papers. The US MSM journo’s campaign to have Obama re-elected is so transparent in the US, yet the foreign papers think that they are re-printing unbiased analysis. The stuff printed in the NZ Herald about the US election, for example, is just crap.

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  9. Fairfacts Media (372 comments) says:

    Tom Hunter linked to an excellent article.
    I have others that also confirm this.
    One says the Media is Obama’s Army.
    http://freebeacon.com/obamas-army/

    “Imagine for a moment that a Republican was president: What would appear on the front pages and at the top of the network news broadcasts? There would be stories on long-term unemployment, stagnant wages, brutalized net worth, and credit downgrades. There would be stories on last weekend’s brazen attack on our base in Afghanistan, which led to the deaths of two Marines and the loss of eight Harrier jets. The White House would be slammed for its changing and evasive explanation of the murder of a U.S. ambassador and his security officers.

    Charges of corruption would be leveled at the president for naming the wife of a wealthy contributor to the U.N. General Assembly just weeks after that contributor penned a New York Times op-ed arguing the president does indeed support Israel (though if the president were a Republican support for Israel would not be in doubt). The AP would resurrect its headline from the spring of 2008: “Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control.” Imagine the deafening, glass-shattering howls as NBC and ABC and CBS and PBS and NPR and CNN and MSNBC and NYT and WAPO and WSJ and AP and Reuters and FT and Bloomberg and Politico demanded accountability.”

    Another fine report notes of the MSM, the “Audacity of these Dopes”
    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/the_audacity_of_these_dopes.html

    “The media is on its knees. It’s the customary position of worship, and worship they do — Barack Obama — their chosen “one.”

    He is the man they told us would halt the rise of the oceans and heal the planet, the man who had game like Lebron, knew more than his advisers, was more brilliant than all brilliance, the smartest man to ever be president, the winner of a Nobel Prize and 2 Grammy awards, who was like Lincoln, then FDR, then JFK, then Reagan, the man who would make America loved and respected the world over, the man who would balance the budget and usher in a new era of racial tolerance — no white America or black America, one America — the man who would get us out of our cars and break our dependency on foreign oil, who would change the economy into a green energy powerhouse, the man who would solve all the ills of all the world, the man who would change everything. He was new, he was different. He was better than the common man; he was more than us; he was like a god.”

    But why is the media so left wing, well, it’s all about changing society, as an academic study proves.
    http://www.prageruniversity.com/Political-Science/Proving-Media-Bias.html

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  10. Australis (101 comments) says:

    With all of their travails in recent years, the surviving print media must surely be well-informed on the predilections of their remaining circulation. Judging from the persistent direction of their content, that audience must surely be dominated by academia, public servants and activists. This tendency produces a spiral, with iterative attempts to ensure that journalists and readers remain on the same page.

    Now that print media is provided by left-leaners for left-leaners, it is rapidly becoming irrelevant to the major divide in our MMP politics. It will increasingly drive a wedge between Labour and Green persuasions, until the latter wins out. Like US primary elections, political endeavours that are aimed at less than 50% of the voting population inevitably become more and more ideological and divorced from reality.

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  11. DJP6-25 (1,386 comments) says:

    For US news I use Lucianne.com, and the National review. I sometimes follow links to the NY Post, and Washington Times. UK news I get from the Spectator, and the occasional link to the Daily Telegraph. NZ news I get from Kiwiblog, and Whale. Maybe once in six weeks month I’ll follow a link ti a Stuff/Herald story. Mostly, I just go to the politics quiz. Local Korean news I get from the Korea Herald. A very good paper. Just the facts in their stories. No editorialising. Japanese online papers are the same.

    Assuming Romney is president in 2013, he should do the following. Forbid any administration member or civil servant from speaking to the alphabets, NYT, WaPo, Time, Newsweek etc. Give interviews to the NY Post, and Washington Times, American Spectator, National Review, Breitbart etc. Only go on Fox shows. Defund public broadcasting. That would go some way to solving the problem.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  12. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    Anyone care to explain why there is no Republican-aligned equivalent of shows such as the Colbert Report or Daily Show? By which I mean shows that are both clever and funny, rather than tiresome and cringeworthy.

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  13. sbk (312 comments) says:

    “This even extends to the coverage of the US election in the NZ papers”…
    Yep….given the tone of Tapu Misa’s diatribe (this morns granny)….dishonest politicians,according to Tapu,only exist on the right of the political spectrum(not once did she point out or accuse a leftist)…

    …yep…nothing changed from the Granny …just more of your average leftist bullshit in a “tabloid” format.

    tabloids…supermarket fodder.

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  14. BlairM (2,339 comments) says:

    Anyone care to explain why there is no Republican-aligned equivalent of shows such as the Colbert Report or Daily Show? By which I mean shows that are both clever and funny, rather than tiresome and cringeworthy.

    Fox News shows RedEye in the middle of the night. Greg Gutfield and Andy Levy are excellent. It’s a shame it’s not a prime time show – it should be (called something else, obviously). The best we have is that Dennis Miller, Ann Coulter and Adam Carolla sometimes appear on the O’Reilly Factor, and they’re always good for a laugh.

    Other than that, I would say that people like Harry Reid, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Obama himself are so ridiculous that they barely need anyone to lampoon them.

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