The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford conducts an annual survey measuring the level of trust of mainstream media in numerous nations. Finland’s citizens professed the most trust in their media outlets, with nearly 2 in three of them purporting to trust “most news most of the time.” Reuters surveyed 92,000 news consumers in 46 countries. Care to guess which nation’s denizens exhibited the least trust in their Fourth Estate? That would be Americans, only 29% of whom said they generally trusted the media.
This is surpassingly sad, as a free and unbiased press is particularly essential to a healthy, free republic, as a means of providing accurate knowledge and information to its citizenry, as they are tasked with manning a government of, by, and for…the people…i.e. themselves. The Founders considered freedom of the press “one of the great bulwarks of liberty.” The American press was granted that freedom, but in recent decades has eschewed it in favor of furthering a rigid, dogmatic agenda. The result is: fake news.
The mainstream media in the United
States has lately proven itself incapable of delivering any kind of news story—or
even a sports or weather report—without lacing it with dripping contempt for
conservatives and their views. Its unbridled, unrestrained bias rose to truly
preposterous levels during the Trump administration and shows no sign of
abating. Legacy media
clowns members like Brian
Stelter have instantaneously pivoted from undisguised rabid hatred of
former President Trump to a child-like adoration of President Biden, despite
his obvious senility. You would think they would have some semblance of
professionalism or dignity. But you would be wrong.
In a sane society, no one consuming “news” disseminated by American mainstream media entities would consider those entities to be fair and balanced. Yet, much like American high school students who routinely rank towards the bottom of the pack on math and science testing, the biased American media is bursting with self-esteem. Their ranks are filled with arrogant, delusional blowhards who lecture and condescend to nearly half of those they supposedly “serve.”
“And that’s the way it is.”
More’s the pity.