Thanks to this story from Gallup, I get to double-down on my prior post chiding the MSM for straining credibility.
In short, in all the years that Gallup has conducted polls on trust in the media, when it comes to political coverage, the level of mistrust has never reached 60% before, but this year it has.
60%. Even if you are not a math wiz, you know that 60% is a majority. The presidential election popular vote results are likely to be less lopsided than that.
There are partisan views on media trust, Gallup found. The majority of Democrats still trust the media. The majority of independents and Republicans do not.
So, does this mean that Democrats are the most avid consumers of political news from the MSM? Actually, no. Gallup reports that Republicans pay more attention to political news than either Democrats or independents.
My own suspicion is that those who most closely follow the political news become the most acutely aware of media misdirection.
My own message to the MSM is: Stop embarrassing yourself. We have freedom of the press, so you may pose as emperor as much as you like, but the majority sees that you are wearing no clothes.
February 13, 2013 at 5:59 am
Many media theorists concerned with language and media bias point towards the media of the United States , a large country where English is spoken by the majority of the population. Some theorists argue that the common language is not homogenizing; and that there still remain strong differences expressed within the mass media. This viewpoint asserts that moderate views are bolstered by drawing influences from the extremes of the political spectrum. In the United States, the national news therefore contributes to a sense of cohesion within the society, proceeding from a similarly informed population. According to this model, most views within society are freely expressed, and the mass media are accountable to the people and tends to reflect the spectrum of opinion.