Another Survey About Distrust of Media

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY AUGUST 5, 2020

         HOW MANY SURVEYS, STUDIES AND POLLS DOES IT TAKE BEFORE THE MEDIA ACKNOWLEDGE THEY HAVE A CREDIBILITY PROBLEM AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?

         THE LATEST COMES FROM THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION AND GALLUP. IT REPEATS WHAT MANY OTHER STUDIES HAVE SAID: A HUGE PERCENTAGE OF AMERICANS DO NOT TRUST THE MEDIA TO TELL THE TRUTH.

         AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT MORE REPUBLICANS – 71 PERCENT – DISTRUST THE MEDIA THAM DEMOCRATS – 22 PERCENT. THAT’S BECAUSE MOST SO-CALLED JOURNALISTS AND ENTERTAINMENT STARS ARE DEMOCRATS. HERE’S ANOTHER FINDING OF THE SURVEY: MORE THAN FOUR OUT OF FIVE AMERICANS SAY THAT NEWS ORGANIZATIONS ADVOCATE POLITICAL VIEWPOINTS RATHER THAN REPORT THE NEWS FREE OF BIAS.

         WHAT OTHER INDUSTRY IGNORES SUCH FINDINGS AND CONTINUES TO BEHAVE THE SAME WAY? WOULD A RESTAURANT STAY IN BUSINESS IF PEOPLE DIDN’T LIKE THE FOOD AND PRICES WERE TOO HIGH? ONLY JOURNALISM IGNORES A MAJOR DEMOGRAPHIC AND SO THAT DEMOGRAPHIC IGNORES THEM. THEY LOSE READERS AND VIEWERS AND WE LOSE A CREDIBLE FREE PRESS, AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF DEMOCRACY. I’M CAL THOMAS.

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