One of the questions that has preoccupied conservatives for some years--and now more than ever--is: How many people are fooled by the Dem media? How successful is the full court propaganda press of fake news and disinformation?
Shipwreckedcrew has an enlightening and, from my perspective, optimistic article up that addresses that question:
Note something. SWC frames this as a matter of politics, and no doubt most respondents to the poll in question viewed it in the light. But the actual question that SWC cites isn't framed just as a matter of politics--at least not in the sense of the usual partisan back and forth. As you'll see, the respondents view the issue as a broader one of ideology that affects all aspects of reporting.
Before we get to SWC's analysis, let's look at Axios' reporting on the poll that they sponsored: Media trust hits new low. Here's part of the summary that really hits the core issues:
Why it matters: Faith in society's central institutions, especially in government and the media, is the glue that holds society together. That glue was visibly dissolving a decade ago, and has now, for many millions of Americans, disappeared entirely.
By the numbers: For the first time ever, fewer than half of all Americans have trust in traditional media, according to data from Edelman's annual trust barometer shared exclusively with Axios. Trust in social media has hit an all-time low of 27%.
- 56% of Americans agree with the statement that "Journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations."
- 58% think that "most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public."
- When Edelman re-polled Americans after the election, the figures had deteriorated even further, with 57% of Democrats trusting the media and only 18% of Republicans.
Now, SWC points out just how grim those results are (and the Axios story doesn't hide this):
SWC goes on to massage these numbers a bit more and discuss the implication--in particular--that Biden starts at the head of the new Prog regime with the lowest approval ratings ever for an incoming 'president'. The conclusion is clear:
The seemingly obvious link is that the public does not desire the policy agenda that Hiden/Barris campaigned on and has begun to implement, and the public isn’t going to be persuaded in that regard by cheerleading from the press.
That's progress, comrades.