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AIM in the News: Conservatives and progressives agree that the media can’t be trusted

Originally published by The Washington Times [1]
By Sean Salai – Friday, December 17, 2021

Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much, but a new poll found that most voters from both parties agree that the mainstream news media promotes a political agenda rather than reporting the facts.

The survey by the Trafalgar Group revealed that 76.3% of respondents from all political affiliations said that “the primary focus of the mainstream media’s coverage of current events is to advance their own opinions or political agendas,” compared to only 23.7% who said news media was interested in “finding and reporting the facts.”

Adam Guillette, president of the nonprofit media watchdog Accuracy in Media, said the poll suggests many Democrats may also be bothered by left-wing distortions in the news.

“In these divisive times, it’s nice to see people coming together regardless of ideology with contempt for the mainstream media,” Mr. Guillette said.

He noted that some media outlets had damaged their credibility with “years of wish-fulfillment stories mocking President Trump and promising he’d go to jail.”

“We have two kinds of journalists today: activists who push an agenda and fan fiction journalists – like CNN and the New York Times – who just write clickbait headlines telling their audience what they want to hear,” Mr. Guillette said.

Read the entire article at The Washington Times [1].