Poll: More people trusting anti-Trump 'fake news'

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

CNN report on Trump's mental stabilityJournalists and the media, once thought of as among the bottom-dwellers of truth and respectability, are on the rise according to a new poll of Americans.

According to the Gallup poll, a third of Americans rate the honesty and ethical standards of journalists as "high" or "very high."

A nearly equal number of Americans rate journalists as "average."

Asked about the positive poll numbers, Don Irvine of Accuracy in Media suspects the public is mistaking a flurry of anti-Trump activity for actual journalism.

"The media has been well into the tank here in terms of being very anti-Trump," he observes. "And that is probably floating that up a little bit more in terms of people saying, Oh, journalists, they're doing their job."

WP blames Trump for Hurricane FlorenceThe poll numbers may also reflect a testy media that has pushed back against accusations of "fake news" from President Donald Trump by insisting that they are fair and unbiased, and are critical to American democracy.

The Washington Post, for example, adopted the slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness" in 2017 to make a "value statement," a move met with laughter and jokes from conservatives for such an obvious anti-Trump statement from the famously liberal paper.

CNN rolled out a similar theme in 2017, an "apple versus banana" commercial that was also ridiculed due to CNN's over-the-top anti-Trump coverage.  

Public relations expert Gary Schneeberger, author of the bestseller "Bite the Dog," says President Trump's claims of "fake news" have actually helped the media.

Irvine

"This idea that news is somehow now not to be believed, I think what that does in the minds of those who consume news is it makes the news a bit of an underdog," he observes.

Reporters have not been viewed as the "underdogs" for decades, he adds, until now.  

"People are becoming less discerning," he tells OneNewsNow, "at a time the media is becoming more fixated on attracting eyeballs, or thumb-clicks, than they have ever been before."

"If the public would take a deep breath and look at the facts behind what's going on in these stories," Irvine advises, "they'd see a completely different narrative."

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