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The Media and President Trump Share the Blame For “Fake News”

By Brandon Tomori
On May 19, 2017

President Donald Trump is at war with the mainstream media of the United States. His repeated claims of fake news against stories and articles that do not positively represent him have put him at odds against the press and neither side seem to be backing down– only escalating the feud. The media claims to be professing the truth. However, Trump is demoting all skeptical insights as being false.

The strange thing is: both sides do have a valid point – but only to a small degree. To a larger degree, each side is very wrong. Both sides purport innocence and honesty, placing total blame on each other, when in fact there are two imperfect giants ready to discredit the other side without taking responsibility themselves. The president has done and said some very questionable things – at best– but continues to play the victim card of cynical journalism. The media says they are truthfully and honestly reporting all that the president does, but will often use very faulty headlines to grab attention of internet users in what is known as “click baiting” (and even more-so on articles not about the president).

It seems very apparent that in today’s age of sharing and relaying information at such fast speeds, clicks and views outweigh honesty and truths. (Example: The New York Times released an article on Feb. 14 with the headline, “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence” but three paragraphs in stated “The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation.” These faulty headlines are the essence of what Americans and the president refer to as “fake news”).

Both sides are fueling the fire with various forms of dishonesty but, have too much pride in their selves to admit fault. According to a Gallup poll conducted in Sept. of 2016, public support in the media is down to record lows, mostly among republican voters, as they are more likely to align with President Trump’s perspective. But, public trust in the media is also down with democrats and independents as well. The media must address these issues instead of playing victim and referring to it as distrust from authoritarian propaganda.

But by the same token, according to Public Policy Polling, in a statement released on Feb. 24, 35percent of voters agree with Trump’s claims that the mainstream media is the enemy of the American public, while a whopping 53 percent say that isn’t the case. This information means that public support in both the media and the White House is down and both sides are failing, but continue to attack one another further into obscurity. Until the White House and the president end its constant bashing of the media and allow consumers and citizens to discover it for itself, it will only continue to divide the American public. Until the media can realize that they aren’t properly doing their jobs with integrity and wholesomeness, their ratings and public trust will continue to sink to the point that no one will trust the government or its watchdog.

We are heading into very troubling times. The media was intended to be the fourth branch of the government – but separate – for a reason. The media is supposed to relay all information of government to the public as overseers of state, but the American public is only left in darkness and unsure who to believe.

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