For years we have been discussing the rapid loss of objectivity and neutrality in the media, in which most viewers no longer trust what they read or hear. Various cable networks and newspapers have openly embraced the echo journalist model, including the shocking actions of the New York Times, which recently apologized for publishing a dissenting view of the US Senator's protests. Figures like CNN's Jeff Zucker openly gave up any appearance of objectivity to get ratings from viewers who just want to see and hear news that confirm their political preferences. This week, a leading producer at MSNBC was the youngest journalist to resign due to pressure to align reporting on such prejudices. I testified in the Senate yesterday of this trend as part of the erosion of free speech in the United States. Now a Gallup poll has confirmed what these owners and editors have done to journalism in the United States. Almost half of the respondents said that the media were viewed as "very biased".
The Knight Foundation and Gallup poll seems to shock many in the media, but I don't know why. Many media have been open to the news for years to resist Donald Trump – as some conservative media did in his defense. The difference is that the media are predominant and relentless against Trump. President Donald Trump has said many things worth criticizing, but many news agencies appear to be working actively for the election of Joe Biden. This includes softball interviews that are so scratchy and weak that they're worthy.
The most interesting thing is that most Democrats are satisfied with the bias. The study found that 71% of Republicans have a "very" or "somewhat" bad opinion of the news media, while 54% of Democrats have a very positive opinion of the media. Only 22% of the Democrats see the media in a very or somewhat unfavorable light. Only 13% of Republicans are positive about the media. That's a significant percentage of the population, but they have been effectively written off by newspapers such as the Washington Post and the New York Times.
In particular, the study found that 73% of respondents thought the news was too biased – an increase of 65% two years ago. This includes 54% of Americans who believe reporters regularly misrepresent facts, and 28% who said reporters invented things as a whole.
You are right. We wrote how newspapers like the Washington Post have been shown to produce false reports of judgments and nonsensical legal theories. However, most complaints are simply refusing to publish stories that contradict a consistent narrative or orthodox view in the media.
The resignation of MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary raises the same objections from other journalists who have been expelled from the media. The producer of MSNBC's second most popular program, "The Final Word with Lawrence O & # 39; Donnell," wrote, "I don't know exactly what I'm going to do next, but I just couldn't stay there." She noticed:
The longer I was with MSNBC, the more I saw such decisions – they are practically involved in the editorial process – and these decisions affect the content of the news every day. It is also taboo to discuss how the rating scheme distorts content, or it is self-evident because everyone in the commercial news industry does exactly the same thing … But behind closed doors, industry leaders will admit the damage done. ”
The damage is evident in this and other surveys. Media managers and many reporters receive guaranteed reviews from echo journalism and at the same time destroy their profession. Most Americans aren't the main cable viewers who just want to hear news that confirms their prejudices. I come from a very liberal and democratic Chicago family, but many of my family members complain that they cannot find reliable news. These short-term strategies from personalities like Sugar kill the profession with the return to yellow journalism. News becomes a form of entertainment disguised as journalism.
The problem is that fewer and fewer Americans seem to buy it.