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Kurtz: Why are almost all Republicans do not trust the press
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs, why a growing number of Americans lose faith in media institutions.
The Huffington Post headline was designed to click his anti-Trump reader.
“Kelly Anne Conway: Trump’s Anti-media attacks” Are Not Healthy.'”
What? She was saying this publicly? Also, the presidential Advisor from the time of booking?
But it turned out that a blatant distortion.
Here is what Conway actually said, when asked by Christiane Amanpour on her new PBS show, whether “the President could take a posture to draw his own back from this”, that is, attacks on the media.
“I agree that it is not healthy for the political body, on both sides,” Kelly Anne said. She said that she and other “tried, the President tried to turn down the temperature, to give more.”
So Conway’s is-shame-both-sides-do-it-but-we have tried-and-to-fix-it-sentiment got twisted in your criticism of your boss. And what is not mentioned is the short piece was that they said: “We see things every day on television and in print media, I promise you, I swear to God, is patently false.”
This is the reason, why trust the people not to the press.
And Yes, the obvious answer is that the White house sometimes struggle with the truth. On Monday, an economic adviser Kevin Hassett said the President was wrong when he tweeted that “the GDP Rate of (4.2%) is higher than the unemployment rate (3.9 percent) for the first time in over 100 years!” It is actually 10 years. (But these figures, a booming economy.)
Still, show on presidential-inaccuracies and distortions, which do not allow, you push the hook when it comes to accuracy and fairness.
A new study, the shows yesterday by the Knight Foundation and Gallup, the majority of Americans lose faith in the media, and your reasons largely center on issues of accuracy or bias. An impressive 69 percent of adults say they have lost trust in the media in the last ten years, a figure that rises to 94 percent for the Republicans. Among Democrats, 42 percent, have confidence in lost, and the number of 75 percent for the independent.
Those of us, the companies in the news business. Social media, by the tech giant, once considered a liberating and democratic force. Now there is deep distrust of the Great Tech, and his increasingly maligned leaders have lost their heroic glow.
Here, too, self-inflicted wounds play an important role. These outfits were slow to police their sites against the Russian propaganda, which address the scourge of bullying and manufacturing, and—in an echo of the MSM fate—are regularly attacked for being discriminatory against the right.
As NYT columnist Nathaniel Popper puts it: “the admiration of the tech-world has, in the course of a growing list of scandals, quickly bitter in an intense suspicion that it manages to cross partisan lines, similar to the Wall Street faced after 2008.”
Now Facebook, Twitter, Google and the like are similar to a machine, to spend for its decision-makers can no longer control, even if you are not ready, the large sums of money would require.
All these doubts seem to be weaponized in the age of Trump, since a large part of the country distrusts the President and a considerable part of the country, admired by the President during distrusts his opponents.
This constant warfare, which is indicated by Kelly Anne, leads to a reduction in trust in both sides, as the White house and the press routinely trade charges of lies and distortions. It is as if the airlines were constantly with ads accusing the other of being insecure.
Things have reached the point where not only many people believe that the New York Times should not, op-ed, the unnamed senior official released, but some throw the paper, outright deception, by saying: the author is actually works. The accused is of a piece with Bob Woodward, the description of a dysfunctional administration, and the President, a seasoned journalist, the writing of fiction and sources.
Perhaps, in another time and place, the media and other institutions can get back some of the confidence you have lost Some of the people in the Springer study, at least, say they are open. But it doesn’t seem to be on the horizon in the foreseeable future.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.