Something’s very wrong with “our free press,” when only 32% of us believe it tells the truth

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Western Media Credibility In Free Fall Collapse

by Paul Craig Roberts

Dear Readers:

This website is trusted by more people worldwide than trust the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, Fox News, BBC or any Western print and TV source. My columns are reproduced on many websites in many languages. My combined readership is many times that of the New York Times. My books are translated into Russian, Chinese, Czech, Korean, German, French, Turkish, and Spanish.

Despite the vast readership, this website is supported by a small percentage of committed readers.

If money would flow into where only truth is spoken, more could be done.

No foundations support this site. Any foundation that supported this site would be dropped from the New York and Washington dinner party list, as I have been.

This site has no advertisements despite its readership rank that would bring in advertisers. This is because I know that once the site is supported by advertisers, reader support would decline, and the advertisers would control the site. The money would be used to subvert my independence, and since that cannot be done, the site would cease and my voice would be silenced.

If people will not support truth, they do not deserve truth, and they will not have it.

 


The latest from the Gallup Poll is that only 32% of Americans trust the print and TV media to tell the truth. http://www.gallup.com/poll/195542/americans-trust-mass-media-sinks-new-low.aspx 
Republicans, 18 to 49 year old Americans, and independents trust the media even less, with trust rates of 14%, 26%, and 30%.

The only group that can produce a majority that still trusts the media are Democrats with a 51% trust rate in print and TV reporting. The next highest trust rate is Americans over 50 years of age with a trust rate of 38 percent.

The conclusion is that old people who are Democrats are the only remaining group that barely trusts the media. This mistaken trust is due to their enculturation. For older Democrats belief in government takes the place of Republican belief in evangelical Christianity. Older Democrats are firm believers that it was government under the leadership of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that saved America from the Great Depression. As the print and TV media in the 21st century are firmly aligned with the government, the trust in government spills over into trust of the media that is serving the government. As the generation of Democrats enculturated with this mythology die off, Democratic trust rates will plummet toward Republican levels.

It is not difficult to see why trust in the media has collapsed. The corrupt Clinton regime, which we might be on the verge of repeating, allowed a somewhat diverse and independent media to be 90% acquired by six mega-corporations. The result was the disappearance of independence in reporting and opinion.

The constraints that corporate ownership and drive for profits put on journalistic freedom and resources reduced reporting to regurgitations of government and corporate press releases, always the cheapest and uncontroversial way to report.

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