It’s no secret that Americans distrust the media and a recent poll proves it. While many Americans find President Donald Trump divisive, even more find the media to be divisive. Trump not losing no occasion to accuse media of spreading `fake news’.
A prime example of divisive rhetoric occurred this week when CNN’s Don Lemon made these remarks: “We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right,” Lemon said. “We have to start doing something about them. There is no travel ban on them. There is no white guy ban. So what do we do about that?”
A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted over the past fractious, violent week shows a majority of voters think that President Donald Trump has done more to divide the country than unite it since he took office last year — but that the national news media are even worse.
Just 3 in 10 voters, 30 percent, said Trump has done more to unite the country, compared with 56 percent who said he’s done more to divide it. Even more voters, 64 percent, said the media have done more to divide the country, while only 17 percent say they have done more to unite it.
Majorities of Democrats (88 percent) and independents (54 percent) said Trump has done more to divide the U.S., while 55 percent of Republicans said Trump has done more to unite the country instead.
But few voters in either party — 28 percent of Democrats, 9 percent of Republicans and 14 percent of independents — said the national news media have done more to unite the country.
Meanwhile, according to another bombshell report released in the month of September, by Gallup and the Knight Foundation, found that94% of Republicans have lost some trust in the media. They aren’t alone; 75% of independents and even 42% of Democrats say the same thing. Overall, nearly 7 in 10 adults report a loss of faith in the news. What is going on?
Alex Berezow, Senior Fellow of Biomedical Science, says that Americans seem to be much more bothered by inaccurate information rather than the political opinions held by the talking heads.
Relatively few people some concerned about news sources being too partisan. For example, only 14% were bothered by a news outlet’s perceived connections to a political party. Furthermore, only 7% mentioned a liberal or anti-conservative bias as one of their gripes.