92% of Republicans and 70% of all Americans believe that media purposefully reports “fake news.”

By | 2018-06-28T08:45:59+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , |9 Comments

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. 

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9 Comments

  1. Paul June 27, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    I guess it depends on how you describe “traditional news outlets.” If Fox Noise was included, then of course I would have to say that they knowingly report false or misleading stories. And in this case, I would have to say “most of the time.”

  2. USA June 28, 2018 at 3:45 am

    There is only 2 fake news tv channels, fox no news and Russian tv. But there are many lousy liars on the internet sites along with media enablers of the rigger. They are traitors and karma is coming.

  3. Anon June 28, 2018 at 4:11 am

    I had an eye opening experience about how people depend on one source for information in contrast to my independent learning and ability to fact check. I also know how to be assertive to validate fact or if I understood accurately. I went on a long cruise with six adults who never read any information on the website or printed information. They chose to only have the travel agent feed them information. They dismissed facts I presented which had consequences to them. Collectively they blamed the travel agent even for their misunderstanding.

    Having heard some of these people parroting Republican candidates including what Trump lies about Democrats or that our borders are open, anyone can walk in, I grasped how people are quick to disregard facts after they chose to blindly believe something, are unwilling to fact check or verify or be accountable for a mistake or misunderstanding.

    With pathological liar in chief, gaslighting and who ignores facts, this is a crisis in light of people’s tendancy to simply take sides, gullible, etc. it is critical to fact check but more people seem to simply disregard information or tune out all news as fake. This transcends party ideology.

  4. anonymous June 28, 2018 at 7:20 am

    OT: “MyPillow guy, Mike Lindell, where is Mike? He is the greatest”

    https://thinkprogress.org/trump-mypillow-promo-fargo-rally-fox-news-9244bd9f0731/

  5. anonymous June 28, 2018 at 7:52 am

    OT? FB>”President Trump and the GOP bemoaning a lack of civility is a hypocritical farce. It spurs an almost uncontrollable bout of forehead slapping in disbelief.
    But let’s be clear about what incivility really looks like:
    Incivility is lying to impugn the citizenship of the first African American president.
    Incivility is threatening and mocking reporters and attacking the First Amendment protections of our free and independent press.
    Incivility is destroying the environment and ignoring climate change.
    Incivility is countenancing corruption and venality in the highest reaches of the White House and its cabinet.
    Incivility is our government’s response to Puerto Rico.
    Incivility is undermining a merited investigation by respected law enforcement officials and maligning the notion of an independent judiciary.
    Incivility is cozying up to dictators and attacking our allies and friends.
    Incivility is ripping children – even those too young to know their parent’s name – from immigrants legally claiming asylum.
    Incivility is endeavoring to have millions of Americans lose their health insurance.
    Incivility is creating a false equivalence between Nazis and counter protesters.
    Incivility is using peaceful dissent from NFL players as a pretense for stirring the deep waters of racial injustice.
    Incivility is using Twitter to lie and bully.
    Incivility is just having the pathology to constantly lie in the first place.
    Incivility is gas lighting your fellow citizens on issues big and small.
    Incivility is trying to bar entry to the United States on account of religion.
    Incivility is ignoring science and reason.
    Incivility is trying to run roughshod over our constitutional protections.
    These are but a few of the real incivilities that plague our moment in history. They are the actions of a man and his enablers who feel no compunction about destroying the bonds that have held this improbable nation together. We will only succeed if we have a civil society. And anything or anyone who attacks that cherished American ideal must be considered… uncivil.”
    Dan the Man Rather

    • Beaglemom June 28, 2018 at 11:08 am

      Brilliant. I have a dear friend who has a good and liberal heart but who continues to feel sorry for Republicans and to fret over how they must have felt when President Obama was in office. I’m sure she would not have cared for the letter I wrote last week to my local newspaper in which I spoke of the importance of speaking out against Trump/GOP outrageous and un-democratic behavior both in our nation and locally. I wrote: “[T]hese news reports [separation of children at the border and worrying proposed revisions to the Michigan social studies curriculum] are important because they focus on the devolution of this country to fascism.” I do not think my letter was uncivil in the least; I think it was honest. And I hope that we, the people, keep the pressure on so that what’s going on today does not continue.

  6. Anonymous June 28, 2018 at 8:30 am

    OT?
    “The report found that former FBI Director James Comey made a “serious error of judgment” when he announced shortly before the election that he was reopening an investigation into Democratic nominee Clinton’s e-mail server use.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/us-deputy-attorney-general-rod-rosenstein-seeks-correct-2016-errors/

    ““Why are you keeping information from Congress, Mr. Rosenstein?” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) asked.

    “I’m not keeping any information from Congress … that it’s appropriate,””

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/watch-congress-erupts-chaos-lawmakers-grill-rosenstein-wray-agency-misconduct/

  7. Anonymous June 28, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Well since 92% of republicans watch FOX news, I guess they are right

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