Immediately after the U.S. presidential election, the liberal media all fell back in shock, wondering how they could have got it so wrong… or perhaps wondering why for the first time, the American voters didn’t fall for what they were selling.
Throughout his entire campaign, Donald Trump called out the bias of the media and brought it to the public’s attention in a way no one had ever dared.
A Media Research Center (MRC) poll conducted November 9 and 10 revealed that voters saw through the liberal media bias, and soundly rejected it.
Important findings from the poll include:
- 7 in 10 (69%) voters do not believe the news media are honest and truthful.
- 8 in 10 (78%) of voters believe the news coverage of the presidential campaign was biased, with nearly a 3-to-1 majority believing the media were for Clinton (59%) vs. for Trump (21%).
- Even 1/3 (32%) of Clinton voters believe the media were “pro-Clinton.”
- 8% of Trump voters said they would have voted for Clinton if they had believed what the media were saying about Trump.
- 97% of voters said they did not let the media’s bias influence their vote.
After the election, the New York Times tried to salvage their reputation by releasing a letter to their readers, promising to “rededicate” themselves to reporting the news honestly.
A Gallup poll in September should have been their warning sign. The poll conducted Sept 7-11 revealed that Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media to report the news “fully, accurately and fairly” had dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with only 32 percent saying they have a great deal of trust in the media.
Brent Bozell, president of MRC stated:
“The media are in full panic mode because the American people rejected their leftist agenda — and them. People didn’t believe the nonsense that the media were politically neutral. Even a third of Hillary’s supporters believe they were pro-Hillary!
“When you have a strong majority of actual voters saying the national ‘news’ media were biased in favor of Hillary Clinton and tried to influence the public to vote for her; and believing they are fundamentally dishonest, you have a major problem that can’t be fixed with an apology. The public has rejected this institution as being either objective or truthful. There is an institutional bias at major media networks that must be repaired and I am highly skeptical that news executives are interested or capable of undertaking this responsibility.
“Despite the overwhelming and persistent bias of this cycle in particular, I am heartened by the fact that, according to our poll, the American people didn’t let it sway their vote. If this isn’t a wakeup call for the left-wing media to stay out of politics, I don’t know what is.”
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