Accuracy in Media

President Donald Trump said CNN and MSNBC had failed to learn lessons from the 2016 presidential election about biased coverage, reflecting what major polling has found about bias concerns shared among many Americans.

“I am so amazed that MSNBC & CNN can keep putting on, over and over again, people that have no idea what I am all about, and yet they speak as experts on ‘Trump,’” the president tweeted today. “Same people since long before the 2016 Election, and how did that work out for the Haters and Losers. Not well!”

A Pew report released in June found that “more Americans view made-up news as a very big problem for the country than identify terrorism, illegal immigration, racism and sexism that way. Additionally, nearly seven-in-ten U.S. adults (68 percent) say made-up news and information greatly impacts Americans’ confidence in government institutions, and roughly half (54 percent) say it is having a major impact on our confidence in each other.”

This type of mistrust in the mainstream media is driving the country apart, something that President Trump noted earlier this week also on Twitter.

“The Media has a big responsibility to life and safety in our Country,” Trump tweeted Monday. “Fake News has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years. News coverage has got to start being fair, balanced and unbiased, or these terrible problems will only get worse!”

The same June Pew report found “One of the starkest differences, though, is in assigning blame for creating made-up news and information. Republicans are nearly three times as likely as Democrats to say journalists create a lot of it (58 percent vs. 20 percent).”

This concern of media bias being more prevalent among conservatives than liberals is also echoed by a January Pew report that found “73 percent of Republicans say that the national mainstream media does not understand “people like them,” according to the report.

And it echoes a 2018 Pew report found that “Most Americans also continue to think the news media favor one side when covering political and social issues. About two-thirds (68 percent) say this, compared with three-in-ten who say they deal fairly with all sides. And as in previous years, Republicans (86 percent) are far more likely than Democrats (52 percent) to say news organizations favor one side.”

This is in addition to a Monmouth University poll showing 77 percent of Americans believe the media creates fake news, and that 65 percent said fake news includes biased or slanted news coverage, not just factually inaccurate information.

Many Trump appointees who are women, people of color, young, etc.–there are millions of voters of color who supported Trump in 2016, and in fact Trump received a higher percentage of both the black and Latino vote than Romney in 2012 and double the black vote that McCain got in 2008 (ironic that McCain, may he RIP, became a media darling — though he was dubbed a racist and white supremacist in 2008 by Rep. John Lewis and other liberals). The national mainstream media doesn’t do a full portrayal of conservative women and minority conservative voices and portrays them as liberal monoliths—this erodes trust in the media among conservatives.

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