By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(NationalSentinel) Media:Â TheÂ primary reason why there has been a proliferation alternative media in the U.S. is because theÂ establishment media has allowed itself to become co-opted by a singular political ideology – the Alt-Left – not shared by the vast majority of Americans.
Most of the country identifies either as conservative (37 percent) or moderate (35 percent), not liberal (24 percent), so it only stands to reason that the establishment press, which is very liberal, would get such a poor approval rating from the public.
As noted by theÂ Morning Consult, the country’sÂ political media reflectsÂ how out-of-touch the “mainstream” media is with the real mainstream of the country:
In the new poll, roughly half (51 percent) of AmericansÂ said the national political media â€œis out of touch with everyday Americans,â€ compared with 28 percent who said it â€œunderstand the issues everyday Americans are facing.â€
President Donald J. Trump, according to the same poll, is slightly more trusted (31 percent) than the media (29 percent), but it’s early in his administration and, frankly, as a journalist of 30 years I can tell you with confidence the continued negative coverage of Trump by the mainstreams is affecting those numbers.
But then that’s the problem my liberal media colleagues don’t get in the first place: No matter how “fake” or inaccurate or over-the-top their reporting on this president, they continue to double down, which, in turn, continues the downward trend of Americans’ trust in the political media:
Only 38 percent said they have â€œa lotâ€ or â€œsomeâ€ trustÂ in the media covering Trumpâ€™s White House fairly, compared with about half (52 percent) who said they didnâ€™t have muchÂ or none at all. Almost half (48 percent) also said they thought the media has been harder on Trump than otherÂ past presidential administrations.
An extensive piece today byÂ Politico Magazine attemptsÂ to schoolÂ its fellow (liberal) media travelers regardingÂ what theyÂ still don’t get about Trump. But it’s flawed because the “experts” who were solicited for the story are cut from the same political cloth as the establishment media, which is evident from the very first few paragraphs. They are essentially talking to each other in the same bubble they’ve been in for decades.
TheyÂ are still attempting to assuage their own consciences afterÂ failing to push Hillary Clinton and her many pantsuits into the Oval Office, so their “read” of Trump continues to beÂ done through the prism of theirÂ ideological opposition.
They don’t “get” him, and they’re never “get” him – nor the bulk of the American people – because clinging toÂ their ideology is reflexive and more important to them than honestly and fairly covering this (or any other Republican) president.
And the polling reflects that.
Our readership continues to grow because we’reÂ not the establishment media. Theirs continues to decline because they are.