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January 22, 2021

Axios: "Trust in Media Hits New Crisis Low"

Gee I wonder why.

By the numbers: For the first time ever, fewer than half of all Americans have trust in traditional media, according to data from Edelman's annual trust barometer shared exclusively with Axios. Trust in social media has hit an all-time low of 27%.

56% of Americans agree with the statement that "Journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations."

58% think that "most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public."

When Edelman re-polled Americans after the election, the figures had deteriorated even further, with 57% of Democrats trusting the media and only 18% of Republicans.

I imagine part of that loss of trust was due to Fox " News " viewers realizing that Fox was just CNN with country music guests in the morning.

And who are the 18% of Republicans who "trust" the media? I know all of NeverTrump and Conservative, Inc. does -- they believe everything their media Twitter frenz tell them -- but they're only 8% of Republicans. (And a lot of them have finally, officially acknowledged that they are no longer Republicans.)

So who are the rest of them?

The big picture: These numbers are echoed across the rest of the world: They're mostly not a function of Donald Trump's war on "fake news".

As vaccine rumor hunter Heidi Larson puts it, "we donít have a misinformation problem, we have a trust problem."

News organizations have historically relied mainly on advertising income, and as those dollars flow increasingly to Google and Facebook, that has created institutional weakness that shows up in trust data.

Oh no -- you mean there will be more layoffs?!?!

Check out the below. Forbes says that Biden didn't lie about not banning fracking, he merely "created confusion" by previously "mistating his position" in debates against Sanders and then Trump.

Oh, is that all? Well, at least he didn't lie about his position in critical debates. He just "created confusion" by "mistating his position."

And the leftwing media goes from Covid Crisis! to Covid Threat Receding on the day of Biden's inauguration:


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