Americans’ resentment against the media rates on a par with their distrust of and dissatisfaction with Congress. One after another, polls show that folks no longer trust traditional media outlets.
A report released by the American Press Institute surveyed opinions on "core journalistic values" and confirmed the media's sinking reputation. Notably, the report points out that, despite the deep ideological divide in attitudes toward the media, journalists continue to deny that the slanted news they present is intended to help one party over the other.
The report also assessed partisan attitudes toward journalistic values, demonstrating that liberals tend to align more with moral values like care and fairness while conservatives favor loyalty, authority, and purity. The study also revealed how, overall, Democrats are more aligned with journalistic interests than Republicans. This, of course, brings up the question of whether the media’s journalistic values are unbiased or even desirable. Who decided that journalism's primary job was to give voice to the less powerful or present social criticisms rather than report objectively on news?
The declining trust in the media has been exacerbated by the evidence of the hoaxes and false narratives that have been pushed shamelessly in print and on TV. The inflammatory coverage of stories like the Russian bounty on American soldiers, the Jussie Smollett racial attack, Russian collusion, and the peaceful Black Lives Matter riots cont...