Well, that’s just great!
Courtesy of Axios:
Nearly all Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (92%) say that traditional news outlets knowingly report false or misleading stories at least sometimes, according to a new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll. Democrats and non-leaning independents also feel this way, but not nearly to the same extent.
Across the board, trust in traditional news outlets continues to sink, with the overwhelming majority of Americans (70%) saying that “traditional major news sources report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading.”
President Trump has exacerbated the skepticism amongst hardline conservatives with polarizing language (and tweets) about the mainstream media being “fake news.
Bad intentions: Among those that think traditional news outlets report false news, most think they do so intentionally.
More than two-thirds (65%) say fake news is usually reported because “people have an agenda.”
Roughly one-third (30%) believe such information is shared due to laziness or “poor fact-checking.”
Hardly anyone (3%) thinks that fake news makes headlines by accident.
Now on the face of it, this seems very troubling, because, you know, it’s very troubling.
However, there is at least some silver lining, in that Democrats especially tend to research news articles in order to validate their reporting, and often do so using Snopes or FactCheck.org.
That’s ostensibly good news, however, the poll also indicates that people tend to stick to sources they trust, which in the case of conservatives means Fox News and whatever talk news radio program they listen to in their pickup truck.
All of this means that when Donald Trump lies, only liberals are being informed of that fact and when Mueller’s report finally comes out we may be the only ones bothering to read it.