And the media tries to convince us that Trump is the reason why so few Americans now trust mainstream media.
If few trust mainstream media that means few are going to accept the Associated Press’s attempt to blame Trump for the situation. It seems much more likely that Trump’s rise was the result of distrust in mainstream media rather than that distrust somehow resulting from Trump’s rise. AP also doesn’t seem to consider to what extent Trump is trolling the media rather than actually expecting people to believe his more outlandish claims.
The Associated Press reports, “Two-thirds of Americans get at least some of their news from social media, Pew found.”
“I think part of the problem is that now people are getting too much information and it confuses them and they don’t know how to decipher the true and the fake,” said Trent Lott, a former Senate Republican leader from Mississippi who’s worked in Washington for nearly half a century. He isn’t fond of Trump’s Twitter habit, but also says he sees bias in the coverage of Washington by the mainstream media.
There’s been no love for the media for decades. The percentage expressing a great deal of confidence in the press has eroded from a high of 28 percent in 1976 to just 8 percent in 2016, according the General Social Survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.
“Trump didn’t invent this. He didn’t cause people to start feeling this way. He’s tapping into a vein that already existed,” said Gary Abernathy, publisher and editor of the Times-Gazette of Hillsboro, Ohio, one of the few daily papers that endorsed Trump. People, he added, “are nodding their heads right away because that’s how they’ve felt.”
Nicco Mele, director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard, views Trump as a symptom of long-term trends. “Now, can he accelerate them and make them worse? Almost certainly.”
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