Americans’ Distrust of Media Reaches New High, Gallup Says

Americans’ Distrust of Media Reaches New High, Gallup Says. By Matthew Vadum.

Americans’ distrust of mass media has reached a record high, with 33 percent of those polled by Gallup saying they had no confidence at all in the media. At the same time, Democrats have reported increasing levels of trust in the media.

Republican confidence in the media has plummeted while Democratic Party supporters’ trust in the media has risen dramatically

A mere 10 percent of Republicans surveyed in Gallup’s annual Governance poll said they had a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the media, compared to 73 percent of Democrats who answered the same way.

The massive gap between supporters of the two parties is the largest the 86-year-old, Washington, D.C.-based Gallup organization has recorded since it started asking respondents the question in the 1970s.

Republicans’ trust in the media has fallen since the then-lowest reading on record — 32 percent was reported in 2016. Republican trust levels have fallen off since the George W. Bush and Barack Obama presidencies, when on average Republicans polled 30 to 35 percent confidence in the media.

This is why any discussion of politics across the left-right divide rapidly comes down to a battle of facts versus politics. The non-left person tries to inform the left person about some point of reality, and the left person dismisses it as obviously untrue because if it was true and relevant then surely their media would have told them. Reality versus political correctness, every time.