Mainstream media increasingly viewed as “fake news”

Mainstream media increasingly viewed as “fake news”
April 08 18:02 2018 Print This Article

While the term “fake news” is believed to have been originated by the leftist group First Draft in an attempt to discredit conservative websites like Breitbart, President Trump popularized the term by using it against CNN, the Washington Post and other “mainstream media” outlets during the 2016 campaign and after getting elected. From the moment he started doing rallies in 2015, Trump would point to the row of TV cameras in the back of the arena and tell the crowd, “These are very dishonest people,” followed by massive applause.

A recent poll by Monmouth University revealed that 77% of respondents mistrust traditional news organizations. The number includes 89% of Republican respondents, 61% of Democrats and 82% of independents. The poll also shows that 87% of respondents believe that social media outlets such as Facebook and YouTube attempt to manipulate the news. In addition to false reporting, a vast majority of respondents believe that news outlets choose to screen out what news is covered. There was almost no coverage in the “mainstream media” about the Clinton Foundation’s role in the sale of 20% of America’s uranium supply to a Russian company, for example. In the 2012 election cycle, the leftist media limited reporting on the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Social media commentators Diamond and Silk, a pair of African-American Obama voters from North Carolina who hopped on the Trump Train in 2015, have stated that Facebook and YouTube created algorithms which prevent most of their millions of followers from receiving their posts in their news feeds. Facebook sent the duo a message on April 5 stating, “The policy team has come to the conclusion that your content and your brand has been determined unsafe to the community.” Unsafe? All Diamond and Silk do in their videos is explain why they support President Trump. They don’t use bad language or incite violence.

Sinclair Broadcasting, a Baltimore-based media conglomerate which owns 193 local TV stations in 89 markets, recently created a firestorm by having news anchors read a statement that their news teams do reliable and accurate reporting. It will take a lot for media outlets to regain the trust of a skeptical public.