In recent weeks the media industry was wracked by layoffs — more than 1,200 of them, in fact — though at the Washington Post, you could very clearly hear the tone deafness.
The paper spent $5.2Â million trying to convince viewers that it ‘democracy really does die in darkness’ and how big “J” journalism (that you can find in the Post!) is more vital now than ever (left unsaid was “…in the age of Trump).
Meanwhile, the next day the Post purposely whiffed on a story reporting the allegations of sexual assault against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a Democrat and African-American, because, the paper claimed, there was no ‘there, there.’
Really? Because there wasn’t anything even remotely credible about the women accusing now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh of gross sexual assault. In fact, then-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), referred two women and lawyer Michael Avanatti to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution for lying to his committee with false claims against the justice-to-be (and whatever happened to those referrals, by the way?).
And yet the Post ran with Kavanaugh accusation stories like they were gospel. Never mind that weeks after the fact more than one of Kavanaugh’s accusers admitted they fabricated their stories because they just don’t want him taking away their right to a late-term abortion.
These examples, and the fact that nearly every reporter and editor working for an establishment media outlet is stricken with Trump Derangement Syndrome are no doubt responsible for the findings in new survey showing, once more, the public’s fading trust in the Fourth Estate.
“The problem with journalists today, however, is that they aren’t interested in gathering facts or empowering the public with knowledge. Instead, they are interested mainly in pushing their agenda â€” a basic failing of the profession brought into high relief over the past two years,” Investor’s Business Daily, which conducted the survey in conjunction with polling firm TIPP, noted.
The news site noted further:
The poll asked several questions to gauge the public’s perception of the mainstream news media.
What did it find?
First, that fully half the country says its trust in the media decreased over the past two years. A tiny 8% say it’s increased.
That includes a plurality of independents (49%). Even among Republicans, who’ve long grown accustomed to media bias, 81% say their trust in the press has dropped over the past two years.
These findings alone should be alarming. After all, as any corporate executive knows, you can’t run a successful business when a vast and increasing share of your customer base doesn’t trust the product you are selling.
It gets worse.
The poll found that more than two-thirds of the public (69%) think the news media “is more concerned with advancing its points of view rather than reporting all the facts.” Only 29% of the public disagrees with that statement.
In other words, nearly seven out of 10 adults in the country think the Post ad’s blather about “gathering the facts” is bull.
That includes 72% of independents, 95% of Republicans, and â€” surprisingly enough â€” 43% of Democrats.
There’s more. Fifty-nine percent say that the press covers issues in a way “that seeks to delegitimize the views held by President Trump and his supporters.”
Sixty percent of independents and 93% of Republicans agree with that.
Also, more than half (53%) say they agree that the media “prematurely declared President Trump guilty of collusion with Russia without sufficient evidence.”
On this, too, most independents (55%) agree. So do more than one in five (22%) of Democrats.
IBD noted further that it doesn’t appear as though anyone in ‘Establishment MediaLand’ is paying attention to how badly they’re destroying Americans’ trust in them — or they don’t care.
The news site says the Post ought to have put the money it used for its massive Super Bowl media buy to better use — such as teaching up-and-coming journalists their job is to report facts, hold all powerful people accountable regardless of party, and be loyal to their profession’s first calling: “Truth.”
We’re not going to hold our breath, however.