Poll: One-third of Americans think news media is ‘the enemy of the people’

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    One-Third of Americans Think News Media Is the Enemy of the People, Poll Shows
    Almost a third of Americans believe the news media is "the enemy of the American people," according to a survey of over 1,000 people with various political affiliations.


    Almost a third of Americans believe the news media is "the enemy of the American people," according to a survey of over 1,000 people with various political affiliations.

    A poll by Ipsos, a survey-based research organization, asked 323 Democrats, 363 Republicans and 207 Independents over the age of 18 what they thought of news media. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they agreed with President Donald Trump that media is the "enemy of the people," while 13 percent of respondents said they strongly agreed that the president should have the authority to shut down news outlets engaged in "bad behavior." Eighty-five percent of respondents, however, said they believed freedom of the press was "essential for American democracy."

    "There's an interesting juxtaposition of values," Clifford Young, President of Ipsos Public Affairs told Newsweek on Wednesday. "Independent of political persuasion, we found that the freedom of the press was a core American value. But if you peel away the onion and drive down deep, there's a lot of criticism, especially from Republicans in terms of honesty, and a weak plurality for extreme measures."

    Two public figures and 24 news sources including The New York Times and Buzzfeed were selected to be evaluated for favorability. Fox News and CNN were ruled most unfavorable, while The Weather Channel had the largest amount of approval. Trump was deemed 17 percent less trustworthy than former President Barack Obama.

    The survey also talked specifically about reporter behavior in regard to honesty, which is where a large portion of unanimity broke down across party lines. Only 29 percent of Republican respondents, for example, said they believed news outlets "try their best to produce honest reporting."

    More than half of those surveyed from each party agreed reporters should be protected from pressure by the government or big business, and agreed freedom of speech was a value that "makes America great." Seventy-two percent of respondents said reporters who publish false information should be easier to sue in court.

    Young said the study was inspired by a "heightened focus and criticism for the media, and we wanted to see to what extent people agreed with it." Young also said the findings did not necessarily surprise him. The majority of survey takers also said they got their news online. Almost half of the viewers who got their news online said the sources they read were found on social media outlets including Twitter and Facebook. The poll had a margin of error plus or minus 6.2 percentage points for Democrats, plus or minus 5.9 percentage points for Republicans and plus or minus 7.8 percentage points for Independents.

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    Thanks to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, over 90 percent of the country’s media is owned by six or seven corporations. Thus, mainstream media has essentially become the propaganda wing of the Democratic and Republican parties. Sensationalism rules the day, and going against the establishment is frowned upon. Even the so-called liberal MSNBC fired Phil Donahue, Dylan Ratigan, and Ed Schultz for telling the truth about the Iraq War, the TPP, and Bernie Sanders respectively. So it's not just Fox that's propaganda BS.

    Fortunately, there are objective independent news sources like TYT that are more policy driven rather than sensationalism-driven, and aren't afraid to take on the establishment.
     
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    Yes.
    Well, mostly. Their establishment take on Michael Hastings' death, and Cenk's asinine "interview" of the highly insightful Karen Straughan, didn't exactly win me over. Among other occasional things.
     
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    Yes, they occasionally go in that direction. I actually prefer Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk, which is part of the TYT network. That said, I still think TYT does a decent job overall of covering the issues of the day. It also doesn't hurt that they have a progressive slant, although Cenk is more of a pragmatist than I am. Still, he helped create Justice Democrats and gives exposure to progressive candidates who are often ignored by mainstream outlets. Cenk briefly worked for MSNBC, and said his boss told him the network is the establishment.
     
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    My bad, not theirs.

    At one point, TYT indeed took the right approach to Hastings' crash, including the car-hacking story. (I was thinking of Rachel Maddow, who lovingly threw Hastings under the Mercedes).
     
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