Report: Trust in the media reaches an all-time low

You are not going to believe this one.

Axios reports that American’s trust in news media has reached an all-time low. 

The general findings

Axios recently published Edelman’s annual trust barometer.

Edelman is a global communications firm that measures the trust that people have in various institutions around the globe. It just released its 21st annual report, and Axios was given exclusive access to it.

Axios reports that Edelman found that “across every type of institution — media, government, business and NGOs — trust has fallen to historic lows.”

Some numbers

Let’s focus here specifically on Edelman’s findings regarding the media.

Axios reports that “56% of Americans agree with the statement that ‘Journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.”

And, 58 percent of Americans, according to Axios, think that “most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public.”

One thing that we should note is that these numbers were actually from before the election. According to Axios, they only got worse afterward.

The story for non-traditional media, such as social media, is much worse. Axios reports that only 27 percent of Americans trust social media.

What of it?

Edelman concludes:

After a year of unprecedented disaster and turbulence – the Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis, the global outcry over systemic racism and political instability – the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals an epidemic of misinformation and widespread mistrust of societal institutions and leaders around the world. Adding to this is a failing trust ecosystem unable to confront the rampant infodemic, leaving the four institutions – business, government, NGOs and media – in an environment of information bankruptcy and a mandate to rebuild trust and chart a new path forward.”

From the perspective of traditional media outlets, this has to all be bad news. But, from almost any other perspective it has to be good news. It is good news in the sense that a large portion of us know better than to trust the propaganda spewed by news outlets these days. If our country is going to have a future, we have to find a way to get away from this propaganda.

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  1. The Mainstream Media has reached a point of almost total unreliability, they have become a propaganda wing of the Democrat Party and continue to spew the hate and discontent that is the hallmark of the Party!
    One only need listen to the words of the various Democrats to be aware of the intent and direction they wish to take the country. The actions of President Biden have already signaled the direction in which they intend to take and the amount of destruction they intend to inflict. The loss of jobs in an already depressed market, the open invitation to illegals contrary to the Oath of Office that he took when inaugurated and the various knee jerk Executive orders he has signed proves that he does not comprehend the situation we find ourselves in on the world stage! I would venture to say 90% of the actions he has taken so far have been solely to undo any and all of the actions Trump has previously taken, the decisions Biden has made are NOT BASED UPON what is best for the country but an unreasonable desire to undo anything TRUMP!!! This type of thought is clearly STUPID and without consideration for the people of the USA!
    My prediction is that there will be several million people who will wind up with a severe case of buyers remorse!!!!

  2. It’s high time someone decided to find out what the majority of U.S. citizens know about the about the so-called NEWS MEDIA!! If you believe everything or most everything these HAS BEENS REPORT, you must be living under a rock! Only a truly ignorant could possibly rely on what they have told and are telling us! How in the world could anyone with an ounce of brains consider these news people to be unbiased or honest after the CRAP they dished out to us!!

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  4. I do not believe the Media, They do not tell you the truth. I only watch local news. After awhile and after many lies , you learn not to pay any attention to the Media, at least most people learn, Many Democrats have not learned yet. They still listen to the Media and Democrat lies. How many Jobs has Biden already destroyed .

  5. Free, Free at last. We can’t trust the media anymore. We are almost in a clandestine civil war, so things must change. Americans deserve better than this blatant Deep State criminality. Fifty percent of us are not stupid and we are tired of the fake media and Big Tech. To destroy a country to make it better never worked before and will fail every time. America was working and getting better, so don’t ruin it.

  6. “America was working and getting better, so don’t ruin it.”
    Come on Ron! This simply won’t comply with the leftist agenda.

  7. FAIKE NEW MEDIA. No one in American trusts them for TRUTH IN the NEWS!!!
    It would be best if they were banned from the airways!!! Not because we want to interfere with free speech!!! BUT because they do not follow the rules and best practices of presenting the TRUTH!!!

    1. It’s like they get together in the morning and decide what lie to parrot. Then it’s the same ridiculous line over and over. Only intellectually challenged fall for this.

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