Friday, April 28, 2017

Trump Trusted More than Media

Morning Consult reports the findings of a recent poll looking at public trust in the pronouncements of the political media and the Trump White House. As everybody but Democrats now admits, only Democrats see the political media positively. Everyone else? Not much.
In the new poll, roughly half (51 percent) of Americans said the national political media “is out of touch with everyday Americans,” compared with 28 percent who said it “understand the issues everyday Americans are facing.”

Thirty-seven percent of Americans said they trusted Trump’s White House to tell the truth, while 29 percent opted for the media.

Partisanship was the main determining factor on how Americans felt about the state of national political reporting and analysis, with Republicans expressing much stronger misgivings about the media than Democrats.

The media also scored low marks among independents, with more than half saying they didn’t trust national news outlets to cover the White House fairly and that they trusted Trump more.
Instapundit tells us to understand the media as Democrat operatives with press credentials. The poll shows most of us do just that.

You'd hope the media would treat findings like this as a wakeup call. Honestly, they don't care much. Getting paid to sell 'progressive' views and call it "news" suits them just fine, even if most of us think they're blowing smoke.

If I reported news instead of commenting on it, I'd be disappointed that most thought me irredeemably biased. Actual media disappointment, to the extent it exists, consists of frustration at their evident inability to mask lefty bias.