The “old” media is basically corporate-Left. Their perspective is always pro-more government, pro-more regulation, anti-gun, pro-choice, vehemently at almost all costs anti-Trump, anti-“Republican,” anti-conservative and libertarian, pro welfare state, pro left oriented corporations. We all know that there is a serious and unrelenting bias coming from the old outlets, and that it has gotten even worse of late.
And we understand what Trump means when he says “fake news” because we’ve seen it all of our lives. Just nobody called the media out like this president. (Which isn’t to say that Trump is always correct in his media indictments. But he very often is.)
Across the board, trust in traditional news outlets continues to sink, with the overwhelming majority of Americans (70%) saying that “traditional major news sources report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading.”
- President Trump has exacerbated the skepticism amongst hardline conservatives with polarizing language (and tweets) about the mainstream media being “fake news.
Bad intentions: Among those that think traditional news outlets report false news, most think they do so intentionally.
- More than two-thirds (65%) say fake news is usually reported because “people have an agenda.”
- Roughly one-third (30%) believe such information is shared due to laziness or “poor fact-checking.”
- Hardly anyone (3%) thinks that fake news makes headlines by accident.
Most people say they can spot a fake piece of news. And while Republicans are much less likely to trust that traditional news sources publish real news, they and Democrats are both mostly confident, 78% and 73% respectively, in their ability to identify whether a piece of news as fake.
For the record Snopes.com is often incorrect. It too often reflects the same bias as “old” media sources.