President Trump regularly bashes the national media, particularly CNN, as “fake news.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta has called such attacks “inappropriate,” and even found defenders at Fox News like Shepard Smith.
But the national news media was stunned by the results of this new poll.
Many Americans, particularly conservatives, have long held a distrust of the biased national media.
And according to a Monmouth University Poll, more than 75 percent of Americans believe the national news media reports “fake news.”
More than 3-in-4 of 803 American respondents, or 77 percent, said they believe that major traditional television and newspaper media outlets report “fake news,” according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday, marking a sharp increase in distrust of those news organizations from a year ago, when 63 percent registered concerns about the spread of misinformation.
Among those, 31 percent said they believe those media outlets spread “fake news” regularly, and 46 percent said it happens occasionally.
Belief in the spread of “fake news” by major news outlets also rose from 2017 to now among Republicans, up from 79 to 89 percent, and independents, rising from 66 percent to 82 percent.
Americans also are increasingly wary of the motivations behind allegedly misleading coverage, with 42 percent of respondents saying they believe that major outlets disseminate misinformation to push a political agenda.
Trump’s attacks on the media show how yet again he has his finger on the pulse of the American people.
As more and more Americans grow tired of the fake news and liberal bias spewed by much of the national news media, they’re turning to independent outlets that aren’t run by coastal elites.
If you could participate in Monmouth’s fake news poll, how would you have answered?
Do you believe the national news media report “fake news”?
Let us know in the comments below.