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.