A divided people are easier to control. The liberal media knows that and intentionally sets Americans against each other. Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary, knows that and fills us in.
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Fleischer: In June 2021, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism asked people in 46 countries how much they trust their nation’s media. The results were devastating for American journalism – the United States came in last place.
American media are the least trusted in the world. Only 29% of the American people trust the media, the survey found, the very bottom of the international barrel. (Finland is in first place, with 65% saying they trust their media. Canadian media, for comparison’s sake, enjoy a 45% level of trust.)
Most reporters when they hear this will think, “There’s something wrong with the American people.” Most Americans will think, “There’s something wrong with the media.” America’s mainstream media is in decline and denial, and neither is good for our country. It’s important for our democracy that people can trust what they read and see on the news. But after four years of watching much of the press corps do everything in its power to reverse the results of the 2016 election, I had enough. I watched the press suppress news they didn’t like and deceive people by airing false stories.
Remember when the press told you the Steele dossier might be true? Or that President Trump removed blue mail boxes from street corners so he could steal the 2020 election? Or that Russia paid bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan? Or that COVID could not possibly have originated in a Chinese lab? Or that Melania Trump turned the Rose Garden into a neofascist parade ground? Or that Nicholas Sandmann was a thug and Kyle Rittenhouse a White supremacist? Each of these is wrong. Each was reported by the mainstream media.
I try to call the balls and strikes as I see them. I supported President Trump on many if not most of his policies, while I objected to the way he sometimes behaved. But too many reporters decided their job was to undo the will of the people who elected Trump in 2016, and their reporting was brutally unfair and biased. These reporters thought they were saving the Republic. Instead, they sacrificed their credibility.
I don’t think the press is the enemy of the people, but I do think they are their own worst enemy. The problem today is way beyond the issue of liberal bias. It’s cultural. According to a 2018 study by the Pew Research Center, the only group of Americans who say the press understands them are college-educated Democrats. The majority of Democrats with a high school degree say the press doesn’t understand them. Nearly three-quarters of Republicans say the press doesn’t understand them. Independents are similarly minded…
The press is a major reason the American people are so polarized. Isn’t it time we asked if the real problem in America is the “news” coming from the MSM?
This piece was written by Jim Gunner on July 13, 2022. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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