In what looks like a validation of the growing public expressions of anger directed at members of the media, a new Axios poll found that nearly all (a staggering 92%) of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents believe that mainstream media organizations knowingly report false or misleading stories, at least occasionally. And while Democrats proved to be the most credulous group, a majority still doubt that US media organizations are 100% credible.
All told, 72% of respondents said they believe mainstream media organizations to be knowingly misleading. Other studies from Gallup and Pew Research Center have drawn similar conclusions, with Democrats, unsurprisingly, revealed as the only group that still has any substantial level of trust in the media. Back in the 1970s, trust in media rose as high as 74% during the aftermath of Watergate.
The poll also found that 43% of Democrats say they utilize “Fact-Checking” resources like Snopes and FactCheck.org, while only 30% of Republicans and Independents do the same.
President Trump regularly lashes out at the “Fake News” media during his rallies and tweets. But most recently, it was Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin who took the media to task for sloppy reporting, rebutting a Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg scoop about the administration’s plans to block investment by Chinese firms. According to Mnuchin, the story got important details about the administration’s strategy wrong, including its focus on China. Mnuchin shared finalized details about the policy earlier this morning.