For most Americans, the media lacks credibility to preach against “fake news,” Russia hacking, and Donald Trump.
One way to think about media credibility is to ask if the American people are as pessimistic about 2017 as the media says we should be. No, they’re far more optimistic despite a barrage of scary predictions.
According to the Associated Press:
Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they entered 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found that a majority believes things are going to get better for the country this year.
A look at the key findings of the Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll:
Americans weren’t thrilled with 2016. Only 18 percent said things for the country got better, 33 percent said things got worse, and 47 percent said it was unchanged from 2015.
On a personal level, they were optimistic about 2017.
Fifty-five percent said they believe things will be better for them in 2017. That’s a 12-point improvement from a year earlier.
Americans interviewed about the poll’s results expressed some of that optimism.
“People will have more jobs and they’ll have more money to spend,” said Bourema Tamboura, a Harlem resident who works for a New York car service.
“I’m hoping 2017 will be better,” said Elizabeth Flynn, 62, an elementary schoolteacher from Peabody, Massachusetts. “You’ve got to be optimistic, and I’m going to try.”
The media keeps reminding us that Donald Trump did not win the popular vote, but this poll indicates that a majority of the population feels a lot better about the country now that Republicans have, again, defeated Democrats like they did in 2010 and 2014.
I suspect that Democrats who talk about a “duty” to be optimistic are simply trying to avoid giving credit to Donald Trump.
The main purveyors of pessimism have been Barack Obama and other Democrat Party operatives, including the mainstream media. They have been unrelenting in portraying the future of the country as dark because of the election results.
And a majority of Americans don’t believe them. This is evidence that the media lacks credibility with most of the public.
No one should be surprised that the media lacks credibility after their totally inaccurate reporting claiming Hillary Clinton would win an easy victory. Arrogance has obviously blinded them to the truth.
And the situation has only gotten worse since the humiliation of the election. Over the week-end, the Washington Post published an utterly bogus story that Russia had hacked out power grid. As Zero Hedge pointed out, this was just another instance of “fake news”—coming not from Russia, or the Conservative media, but from the mainstream media.
Ironically, a few weeks ago we noted that The Washington Post was all too happy to promote an anonymous website that described Zerohedge as “‘dark gray’ propaganda, systematically deceiving its civilian audiences for foreign political gain” (see “Washington Post Names Drudge, Zero Hedge, & Ron Paul As Anti-Clinton ‘Sophisticated Russian Propaganda Tools’“), all while presenting exactly zero evidence to support their preposterous claim. Perhaps it’s time for WaPo to dedicate a bit more of its time to self-reflection.
It is past time for the Washington Post staff to do so. The media lacks credibility because they are too arrogant to changed their behavior even when it is demonstrating what fools and/or liars they are.