Steve Watson | May 25, 2017
A Harvard University study has confirmed that a majority of Americans across the political spectrum believe that the mainstream media publishes ‘fake news’.
The survey found that a whopping 65 percent of voters do not trust the media, and concur with President Trump that the likes of CNN and the Washington Post push false information.
The poll indicated that 80 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 53 percent of Democrats all share the opinion. The results were provided exclusively to The Hill.
The authors of the study also noted that it seems to be the media’s obsession with attacking Trump over anything and everything, even though most topics are non-issues, that is driving the backlash.
“Much of the media is now just another part of the partisan divide in the country with Republicans not trusting the ‘mainstream’ media and Democrats seeing them as reflecting their beliefs,” said Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn.
“Every major institution from the presidency to the courts is now seen as operating in a partisan fashion in one direction or the other.” Penn added.
The latest poll comes on the heels of another Harvard study that discovered the media is overwhelmingly bias against Trump in its coverage.
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy collated statistics from media coverage ranging across 10 mainstream television news networks, as well as print newspapers, and found that some of those media organisations broached stories about Trump with a negative tone in up to 98% of reports.
Several recent polls have found huge distrust in the media, including a Gallup survey from September that found only 32 percent of Americans trusted the media.