Voters overwhelmingly believe “fake news” is a problem. A majority agree with former President Donald Trump that the media have become “the enemy of the people,” according to one major pollster.
Key Point: Growing distrust in the media has hit an epic level since President Donald J. Trump first called out “fake News”. The distrust in the media had started years and years before, with notable liberals like Bernard Goldberg who, in 2003, wrote a tell-all book about Mainstream Media, but the movement didn’t take off until the Populist movement behind Trump made “fake news” a focus of activism and a priority.
A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat agree that the media are “truly the enemy of the people,” including 34% who Strongly Agree. Thirty-six percent (36%) don’t agree, including 23% who Strongly Disagree. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Washington Free Beacon reported. “Similar surveys during the Trump era, Democrats believe the media far more than Republicans. Now, 56% of Democrats “trust” the news they receive versus 58% of Republicans who don’t.”
The partisanship is not surprising.
But there was some agreement on “fake news,” another Trump phrase, being a serious problem. A supermajority of Republicans, 92%, said it is a problem, as did 74% of Democrats. Overall, 83% said it is a big problem.
Notably, said Rasmussen, independents generally agree with Republicans on the “enemy of the people” question, at 61%.
Said the pollster, “Voters overwhelmingly believe ‘fake news’ is a problem, and a majority agree with former President Donald Trump that the media have become ‘the enemy of the people.”
President Donald J. Trump released the following statement on Friday about Fake News:Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of AmericaIt seems to me that meeting with authors of the ridiculous number of books being written about my very successful Administration, or me, is a total waste of time. They write whatever they want to write anyway without sources, fact-checking, or asking whether or not an event is true or false. Frankly, so many stories are made-up or pure fiction. These writers are often bad people who write whatever comes to their mind or fits their agenda. It has nothing to do with facts or reality. So when reading the garbage that the Fake News Media puts out, please remember this and take everything with a “grain of salt.”
Down The Rabbit Hole:
Something to think about from 2018, in an article from The Conversation:
“Donald Trump may well be remembered as the president who cried “fake news.”
It started after the inauguration when he used it to discredit stories about the size of the crowd at his inauguration. He hasn’t let up since, labeling any criticism and negative coverage as “fake.” Just in time for awards season, he rolled out his “Fake News Awards,” and, in true Trumpian fashion, it appears he is convinced that he invented the term.
He didn’t. As a rhetorical strategy for eroding trust in the media, the term dates back to the end of the 19th century.
Then – as now – the term became shorthand for stories that would emerge from what we would now call the mainstream media. The only difference is that righteous muckrakers were usually the ones deploying the term. They had good reason: They sought to challenge the growing numbers of powerful newspapers that were concocting fake stories to either sell papers or advance the interests of their corporate benefactors.”
Bottom line: And now, in 2021, Trump emerges the champion of smashing fake news. It is time for a totally new media, with real journalists to serve the people of the United States. Americans can make it happen by supporting independent journalism and turning off the TV.
Further reading on the evidence of Fake News:
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Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776