Liberals in the media were horrified by a viral video that went out this week compiling local news anchors from across the country reciting a script given to them by their ultimate bosses: The powers-that-be at Sinclair Broadcasting. But while the video was uncomfortable from the standpoint of media consolidation and disturbing for anyone who doesn’t know that top-down, shared stories are commonplace in the world of local news, it was hardly the Orwellian nightmare that many have called it. Is it ideal to have one conglomerate forcing its viewpoints on hundreds of local stations? Debatably not. But it’s funny how this only becomes an issue when the conglomerate in question is run by conservatives.
In any case, the script – which was not particularly partisan, by the way – had local news outlets assure viewers that though the media was filled with false and erroneous news, they would not be getting that from “insert local news channel here.” The worst you could really say about this whole thing is that it’s an example of disingenuousness in media and a blow to independent journalism…but if either of those concepts are shocking to you, you really ought to pay more attention.
Besides, if Sinclair wants to draw attention to the rise of fake, biased news, a new poll shows that most Americans are right with them.
According to a new survey from the Monmouth University Polling Institute, 77% of Americans believe that both television and print outlets in the mainstream media are peddling fake news. That’s up from only 63% at this time last year, proving yet again that the CNNs and Washington Posts of the world are just digging their own grave. Perhaps even more staggering is the revelation that 31% of respondents said that these outlets “regularly” publish falsehoods. These news tycoons don’t have the slightest idea of how much of the public’s trust their war on Trump has cost them. They don’t even begin to realize what they’ve sacrificed for a temporary boost in the ratings and an unethical allegiance to the Democrat Party.
“So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased,” Trump tweeted this week. “Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.”
It seems, according to this poll, that most Americans agree.