The Media and President Trump

July 11, 2017

President Trump’s many media critics like to point out his low approval or trust numbers in polls, but a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll reveals an inconvenient fact that they seldom mention. It’s true that only 37% of Americans have a “good deal” or a “great amount” of trust in the Trump Administration. But only 30% have that much trust in the news media.

This article talks about how we all need to agree on a set of “shared facts” if we don’t want the nation to be divided and risk our republic coming apart. I agree, but I think it’s more fundamental than that. We now have a large segment of the news media that’s not only uninterested in presenting facts we can all agree on, they seem incapable or uninterested even in understanding the definition of a “fact.” Today’s reporters have become so partisan and politicized that they don’t even recognize their own bias. Here’s a hint: a “fact” isn’t an allegation that’s made by two or more unnamed sources.

Reporters used to have a saying: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out before printing it.” They need to get back to that before even their own mothers stop believing what they report.

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  • Letha June Bichrest

    07/11/2017 10:46 PM

    I don't believe the polls Gov. Huckabee. They spin the numbers. Can't be trusted. I no longer watch any mainstream news just One America News. My husband watches Tucker Carlson and Hannity on Fox News but that is all.

The Media and President Trump

July 11, 2017

President Trump’s many media critics like to point out his low approval or trust numbers in polls, but a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll reveals an inconvenient fact that they seldom mention. It’s true that only 37% of Americans have a “good deal” or a “great amount” of trust in the Trump Administration. But only 30% have that much trust in the news media.

This article talks about how we all need to agree on a set of “shared facts” if we don’t want the nation to be divided and risk our republic coming apart. I agree, but I think it’s more fundamental than that. We now have a large segment of the news media that’s not only uninterested in presenting facts we can all agree on, they seem incapable or uninterested even in understanding the definition of a “fact.” Today’s reporters have become so partisan and politicized that they don’t even recognize their own bias. Here’s a hint: a “fact” isn’t an allegation that’s made by two or more unnamed sources.

Reporters used to have a saying: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out before printing it.” They need to get back to that before even their own mothers stop believing what they report.

READ MORE

Comments 1-1 of 1

  • Letha June Bichrest

    07/11/2017 10:46 PM

    I don't believe the polls Gov. Huckabee. They spin the numbers. Can't be trusted. I no longer watch any mainstream news just One America News. My husband watches Tucker Carlson and Hannity on Fox News but that is all.

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