A poll this week conducted by Emerson College showed more American voters are placing their trust in President Trump than the mainstream news media.
The poll found that 49% of voters believe the Trump administration is truthful in their messages to America, while only 39% trust the media’s narrative, and 53% feel they are dishonest.
A key finding of the poll shows that voters find the Trump administration to be more truthful than the news media. The Trump administration is considered truthful by 49% of voters, to 48% of voters who consider it untruthful. Meanwhile, the news media is considered untruthful by a 53%-majority of voters, to only 39% who find them truthful (a 14-point gap).
Emerson’s poll reflects a Gallup survey conducted in September that showed a record low amount of trust in the media, as only 32% of respondents said they have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of confidence in their ability to report the news accurately. The public’s low trust in the media should come as no surprise, as the mainstream news networks showed consistent bias towards Trump during his campaign, while largely reporting positive stories about his opponent Hillary Clinton.
The media’s reporting has become so blatantly slanted towards President Trump, that the term “fake news” has now been applied to variety of their stories. One such story alleged that Trump had removed the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office after his inauguration, which proved to be entirely fake as the reporter from TIME later admitted his error.
Yet another poll taken by Quinnipiac University in October showed voter’s further distrust of the media, as 55% said the news was specifically biased towards Donald Trump.
So what has the mainstream media done to try and improve these their trust with the public? Continued with their same strategies of smearing, publishing slanted headlines and writing biased articles towards the Trump administration.
Just this past week during a single afternoon a variety of news outlets published articles that included calls for President Trump’s impeachment, little more than 15 days after his inauguration.
The Independent: Donald Trump has violated US Constitution and should be impeached by Congress
TIME: Legal Scholars: Why Congress Should Impeach Donald Trump
Washington Post: How low can Donald Trump’s approval rating go?
The Atlantic: Donald Trump’s Alt-Reality
These articles were published only within hours of each other, so you can imagine the type of venom that get’s flung in Trump’s direction over the course of a week.
With the media apparently learning nothing from their coverage during the election it seems they are dedicated to continuing their extreme bias towards conservatives, while at the same time proving to the nation that reporters are driven by politics instead of facts.