Trust in media hits bottom, 60 percent say sources pay for stories
We made the point recently that reasonable people have to be very wary of the "old" media these days. (At least in our estimation.) The Obama administration, when the old media ran interference for a president they collectively wanted to succeed, was the "jump the shark" moment. But then the old media doubled down with Clinton. CNN and MSNBC became infomercials 24/7 for the soon to be crowned Hillary. Then they fanned the flames of unfounded conspiracy theories in an effort to undermine a duly elected president.
What are people SUPPOSED to think? We, at least many of us, have always held the establishment media in contempt. But now we KNOW the deal. There is no doubt.
Whether the old media are paying for stories we have no idea. That's not our major concern. Our concern is the fact that the old media seems to be acting as an overt propaganda tool of the Democratic Party, without reservation. Out in the open and blatantly. It's crony media.
CJR did not write up a report or analysis beyond an introduction on the "trust gap" it found. They wrote, "For decades, we’ve known that Americans don’t trust the press. What we haven’t known is how people view the makings of journalism, from the use of fact checkers and anonymous sources to the question of whether money skews journalistic decision-making. This new national poll for CJR answers those questions, and points to how big the trust gap remains."
It's massive. But surprise surprise 42% of Democrats still believe the media isn't biased. 10% of Republicans would say the same. Both groups really should steer clear of the voting booth if they believe that.