Brock Benson | Civil Patriot
A Marketing and PR firm called Edelman released its annual report on public perception last month. The report (titled Trust Barometer) covered a variety of industries. When it came to the MSM (mainstream media) things got very, very ugly.
For the first time ever measured, more than half of Americans agreed that “Journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.” Slightly more believed that news outlets are beholden to a political ideology than in reporting facts to the public. (townhall.com)
I don’t know about you but I’m surprised it isn’t 100% of all Americans.
I have friends who believe everything they see on the news. I want to ask, “How? How can you, when there’s an obvious false narrative being served on the menu?”
But I don’t ask that. They simply don’t see. I can’t blame a blind man for being blind. I can only pray he gets his sight. And, in the meantime, I can keep sharing truth, even if it contradicts what my friend is hearing on the nightly news. (Hint: It will contradict what he’s hearing on the evening news. There’s no way around that.)
According to an article from Axios titled Media Trust Hits New Low, “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.”
Americans were re-polled (by Edelman) after the election and the numbers were shocking. At that time, 57% of Democrats said they trusted the media, but only 18% of Republicans agreed.
Less than 1/5 of all conservatives actually believe they can trust the narrative.
If you’ve ever had a kid who lies all the time, you know what it’s like to always be on your guard. Once you’ve been hoodwinked, you’re waiting for it to happen again. With the MSM, we never have to wait. It’s Every. Single. Day. On. Ever. Single. Channel.
Count me among the 18%.
Those who always blame Trump for, well, everything, are trying to pin these results on him. (Aren’t they always?) But the report shows that this is not a Trump problem, it’s a global situation. Yes, Trump drew attention to “fake news” and the unfair media slant, but he didn’t cause this problem. In fact, it’s gotten worse under Biden. (The Left might be surprised to hear that, but I’m certainly not.)
Let’s be real. The media caused this problem. They’re beholden to advertisers (and potentially to other puppet masters, at least in my humble opinion). I simply don’t trust them. And neither do 82% of my fellow conservatives.
That’s a lot of mistrust, folks.
The Edelman report concludes that the media can’t look to themselves for solutions. Trust me when I say I would never look to the media for solutions, either. Want to know who I would look to?
You. And me. I would look to us to speak the truth and to keep moving forward, despite our lack of trust in those would attempt to control us.