American distrust in deceptive mainstream media hits an all-time high
by: J. D. Heyes
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
If you’re an avid reader of Natural News, maybe the headline of this story doesn’t surprise you because, obviously, you are here for information you just can’t get in the so-called “establishment” mainstream media. But perhaps you didn’t quite know the extent of the mistrust the American people have for the Fourth Estate, which was, at our nation’s founding, given unique and unprecedented freedoms so as to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.
So much for the original agreement. According to a recent Gallup survey, Americans’ distrust of the media hit a record high this year, “with 60 percent saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.”
That alarming figure is the result of a trend seen worsening over the past few years as more and more Americans became less and less trustful of Big Media.
How low will the distrust go?
The distrust “also means that negativity toward the media is at an all-time high for a presidential election year,” the Gallup survey said. “This reflects the continuation of a pattern in which negativity increases every election year compared with the year prior.”
What’s more, as negativity rises, the already yawning gap between approval and disapproval has grown wider. The current 20-point gap, said the analysis, is the highest by far since Gallup began this particular survey.
It hasn’t always been this way. Trust in the media prior to 2004 was actually much higher and more positive; it was as high as 72 percent when the question was asked by Gallup in the 1970s.