Western Media Credibility In Free Fall
Paul Craig Roberts
September 17, 2016 "Information
from the Gallup Poll
is that only 32% of Amerians trust the print
and TV media to tell the truth.
Republicans, 18 to 49 year old Americans,
and independents trust the media even less,
with trust rates of 14%, 26%, and 30%.
only group that can produce a majority that
still trusts the media are Democrats with a
51% trust rate in print and TV reporting.
The next highest trust rate is Americans
over 50 years of age with a trust rate of 38
conclusion is that old people who are
Democrats are the only remaining group that
barely trusts the media. This mistaken trust
is due to their enculturation. For older
Democrats belief in government takes the
place of Republican belief in evangelical
Christianity. Older Democrats are firm
believers that it was government under the
leadership of President Franklin D.
Roosevelt that saved America from the Great
Depression. As the print and TV media in the
21st century are firmly aligned with the
government, the trust in government spills
over into trust of the media that is serving
the government. As the generation of
Democrats enculturated with this mythology
die off, Democratic trust rates will plummet
toward Republican levels.
is not difficult to see why trust in the
media has collapsed. The corrupt Clinton
regime, which we might be on the verge of
repeating, allowed a somewhat diverse and
independent media to be 90% acquired by six
mega-corporations. The result was the
disappearance of independence in reporting
constraints that corporate ownership and
drive for profits put on journalistic
freedom and resources reduced reporting to
regurgitations of government and corporate
press releases, always the cheapest and
uncontroversial way to report.
With journalistic families driven out of
journalism by estate taxes, the few
remaining newspapers become acquisitions
like a trophy wife or a collector Ferrari.
Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of amazon.com,
handed over $250 million in cash for the
Washington Post. Jeff might be a whiz in
e-commerce, but when it comes to journalism
he could just as well be named Jeff Bozo.
On September 12, Washington
Post reporter Cindy Boren dropped the
Washington Post below the level of the
supermarket tabloid, National Enquirer. One
must wonder where her editor was. Drunk
perhaps? The Washington Post actually
reported that a Nigerian MD, Bennet Omalu,
“whose credentials and tenacity are well
known,” has concluded that Hillary Clinton’s
obvious medical problems could be due to
her being poisoned by a Putin-Trump
could possibly conclude that Cindy Boren and
her Washington Post editor were having fun
with Omalu, except that the article repeated
the unfounded allegation that circumstantial
evidence according to a UK inquiry
associates Putin with the poisoning death of
other words, first Litvinenko, now Hillary.
circumstantial evidence is to be the
Washington Post’s guide, then clearly that
evidence suggests that the neoconservatives,
well-ensconced in high government positions
and desperate for a New Pearl Harbor in
order to launch their wars of hegemony in
the Middle East, are responsible for 9/11.
Yet the Washington Post has a
full-time reporter whose job is to disparage
conspiracy theories while the Washington
Post itself launches the conspiracy theory
of the century:
Putin And Trump Conspiracy Poisons US
Democratic Candidate for President.
intelligence, or perhaps simply sufficient
time in Americans’ lives to investigate the
news, were not in such short supply,
possibly Americans would reflect on what the
benefit is of being driven by Washington
into conflict with Russia and China.
most certainly will not be victory in war,
as we all will be dead.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury for Economic
Policy and associate editor of the Wall
Street Journal. He was columnist for
Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service,
and Creators Syndicate. He has had many
university appointments. His internet
columns have attracted a worldwide
following. Roberts' latest books are
Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and
Economic Dissolution of the West,
America Was Lost,
Neoconservative Threat to World Order.