When CNN attempted to create a narrative that the Alternative Media was Fake News, then Presidential candidate Donald Trump cleverly co-opted that term and turned it against the Mainstream media itself. And very quickly, the public more and more began to scrutinize CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC and the like and found more often than not that much of what they publish or broadcast was indeed manipulated news.
Now less than two years into his Administration, we can add another ‘Win’ to the Trump column as a new poll out shows that the majority of Americans fully believe the Mainstream Media is guilty of creating fake news, with even 53% of Democrats coming to this realization.
In what looks like a validation of the growing public expressions of anger directed at members of the media, a new Axios poll found that nearly all (a staggering 92%) of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents believe that mainstream media organizations knowingly report false or misleading stories, at least occasionally. And while Democrats proved to be the most credulous group, a majority still doubt that US media organizations are 100% credible.
All told, 72% of respondents said they believe mainstream media organizations to be knowingly misleading. Other studies from Gallup and Pew Research Center have drawn similar conclusions, with Democrats, unsurprisingly, revealed as the only group that still has any substantial level of trust in the media. Back in the 1970s, trust in media rose as high as 74% during the aftermath of Watergate. – Zerohedge
For years trust in the media has been nearly as low as trust in politicians, with a majority of voters even believing that they carry political bias towards both candidates and parties.
Thanks to exposes that validate even the CIA participates in constructing narratives within the mainstream media, the alternative media has grown and evolved to become some of the best journalism in the West. And it appears now that the tide has officially turned as the days of Walter Cronkite are over, and the era of George Orwell has begun.