Americans Are Tuning Out the Leftmedia
Lessons from the Demo/MSM's self-inflicted credibility crisis — if they keep it up, no one will listen.
The bias in the mainstream media has been present and acknowledged for years — indeed, it’s a big reason why we started this publication 21 years ago. So many individuals assuming the roles of key correspondents and reporters identify and speak as Democrats that Mark Alexander has identified this collusion between the Leftmedia and the Democrat Party as the Demo/MSM.
The bias that unquestionably increased during Barack Obama’s two terms has gone off the charts with Trump Derangement Syndrome. There is ever more editorializing instead of investigative reporting or authentic journalism. After the historic political upset of American politics last November, Democrat media operatives can neither contain their disdain for President Donald Trump nor explain their coronation-gone-bad.
In essence, the meltdown expressed by so very many in the profession formerly known as journalism is now the new normal for regular programming in much of the cable and broadcast news networks, along with the high-brow print media, such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Put simply, the new normal for leftists is fit-pitching. Lesson to learn: Working Americans are tiring of perpetual toddler-like fits from talkingheads and politicians. In the media, the constant blatant bias and unabashed contempt for the average American’s decision to elect Trump has opened the door for a new day and a new vocabulary.
Terms such as fake news, very fake news, leftist propaganda media and corrupt news have not only gained traction, they’re representative of the prevailing belief of the American public. Several polling surveys have recorded an existential destruction of the credibility of the news and journalism.
Most recently, Harvard, no bastion of the political Right, polled more than 2,000 registered voters in May to document that 80% of Republicans, 60% of Independents and 53% of Democrats see fake news as prevalent among mainstream media outlets. Gallup’s July 10th polling included 85% of Republicans surveyed citing the news media’s reporting having a negative impact on American affairs, with 46% of Democrats echoing those sentiments.
Television ratings mirror these exact opinions with viewers abandoning networks like CNN, the once-proud cable news pioneer founded for the purpose of excellence in reporting and news coverage. Within the June 26-July 2 ratings period for primetime viewership, CNN fell to 13th — behind Nick-at-Nite, which features reruns of the 1980s sitcom “Full House” and cartoons like “Yogi Bear.”
Examining the issue of fake news beyond newshounds and the political bases of each respective political party to the global investor community, James Freeman of The Wall Street Journal posited a question that reflects the decay of the news industry. A recent column asks, “Have Consumers Decided Most News Is Fake News?”
In his contrasting analysis of articles written by The New York Times and The Washington Times, Freeman lays out the two papers’ diametrically opposed reporting on an identical topic. But he pins these news items over the response of global investors as evidenced in the stock market and in other economic analytics to offer a statement that answers his question. Freeman writes, “Yet the world’s investors still like U.S. equities, despite constant media reports that U.S. constitutional governance is hanging in the balance.”
So despite the Leftmedia-parroted talking points that Trump was illegitimately elected and is an illegitimate president — and hence all of his voters have illegitimate opinions and voices — the actual economy grows and shows positive response to the Trump administration’s first six full months in office. Consumers are, to some extent, ignoring the media.
So in addition to the lesson that the tantrums of the media don’t resonate with average Americans, neither does breathless reporting that the end of our American government and our way of life is imminent. The lesson is that Americans are not idiots. They see their opportunities for employment rise, the plunge in the price of energy and a movement in our national security to prioritize Americans’ safety — not the picture of impending disaster painted by ad revenue-seeking media outlets.
Recently, some folks at the Huffington Post embarked on a trip to Middle America for a seven-week bus tour outside the safe spaces of uniformity and echoes of ideological agreement. Billed by Hot Air as a “safari” of sorts, HuffPo is most likely going to gawk at rather than understand the strange animal known as the Trump voter. We suppose HuffPo deserves one cheer for trying, but some “Bronx cheers” for the fact that it’s even necessary.
Indeed, therein lies the true problem: The media are a bunch of insulated coastal elites who’ve grown so out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans that they think a 20-minute meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian attorney matters to anyone outside the Beltway echo chamber. Unless the media can correct course and figure out who they serve, an increasing number of Americans will cease to take them seriously and tune them out entirely.