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Western Media Credibility In Free Fall Collapse by Paul Craig Roberts
September 16, 2016 <http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/09/16/> |
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*Western Media Credibility In Free Fall Collapse*

Paul Craig Roberts

The latest from the Gallup Poll is that only 32% of Americans 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%.

The 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

The 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.

It 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 and opinion.

The 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 conspiracy.

One 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 Litvinenko.

In other words, first Litvinenko, now Hillary.

If 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.*

If 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.

It most certainly will not be victory in war, as we all will be dead.

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