New Poll Shows Only 6% of People Trust The Mainstream Media

news mediaBy Joseph Jankowski

At this point, most Americans are aware of the staggering dishonesty and reality twisting that the mainstream, corporate news media engages in on a daily basis.

And it is showing.

Numbers released by Pew Research show that major news channels like CNN, Fox News and MSNBC are in a decline of prime time viewers.

Even reporters within the major networks have admitted that the media has been corrupted by political and corporate interests.

This is what former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson had to say:

There is unprecedented, I believe, influence on the media, not just the news, but the images you see everywhere. By well-orchestrated and financed campaign of special interests, political interests and corporations. I think all of that comes into play.

But if there was any indication that the mainstream press has no credibility and is on its way to extinction, this latest poll is it.

From the Associated Press:

Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans’ skepticism about what they read on social media.

Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions. In this presidential campaign year, Democrats were more likely to trust the news media than Republicans or independents.


Nearly 90 percent of Americans say it’s extremely or very important that the media get their facts correct, according to the study. About 4 in 10 say they can remember a specific incident that eroded their confidence in the media, most often one that dealt with accuracy or a perception that it was one-sided.

The news media have been hit by a series of blunders on high-profile stories ranging from the Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling on President Barack Obama’s health care law to the Boston Marathon bombing that have helped feed negative perceptions of the media.

In 2014, Rolling Stone had to retract a vivid report about an alleged gang rape at a fraternity party at the University of Virginia. The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, asked by Rolling Stone to investigate after questions were raised about the veracity of the story, called it an avoidable journalistic failure and “another shock to journalism’s credibility amid head-swiveling change in the media industry.”

There is only one thing that can save the mainstream media, and that is the truth.

But the truth is not why networks like MSNBC exist. They exist to deceive and play lapdog for the establishment.

More than ever the American people want the truth and accuracy when it comes to their news. This is why we are seeing a huge rise in alternative media.

By just taking a look at the popular commercial web traffic data and analytics site,, we see that alternative news sites are ranking very high inside the United States and globally.

The very popular and accurate is ranked in the top 16,000 websites inside the United States and in the top 35,000 globally!

Just to put that in perspective, there are over 1 billion websites in all globally.

Considered to be the tip of the spear of the alternative news, Alex Jones’s is ranking in the top 1,200 websites in the U.S. and the top 3,200 globally! gathers data on a web page’s daily unique visitors and daily pageviews.

Another great example of alternative news rising to mainstream popularity is James Corbett’s This stunning website is ranking in the top 150,000 globally and in the top 60,000 in the U.S.

There is only one way to conclude this article:

hqdefaultJoseph Jankowski is a contributor for Planet Free His works have been published by recognizable alternative news sites like, and

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  • Cypher

    Rest in Pieces Corporate Media. The misinformation is almost as bad as the non-reporting of key news items. Nowadays I DVR the news and fast forward through everything except for the weather. However, with the non-stop chemtrails I can’t even count on that anymore.

    • irish1919

      Newspapers are only good for sports and crosswords . Then we can get them on line also. Hell the snowflakes get all their biased news in the classrooms. Regular CNN propaganda is forced on these kids at an early age. Check out college campuses. Socialist snowflakes led by commies and anarchists. Parents are just as complicit in it all.

  • Pyra Gorgon

    This article tells us that 6% of our population are incurable idiots.

    • Bobby Bill

      GS 12 and higher, plus their shills

    • Mr. Blair M. Phillips

      Incurable idiots? Explain please……

      • L Garou


      • Padraigin Eagle

        Doing a number: Which part of six percent eludes ye?

        • dale ruff

          The 52% who trust the MDM somewhat?

          • Padraigin Eagle

            Doth ye trust them somewhat, dale in the rough.

          • dale ruff

            Oh brainless troll,
            thy empty bowl
            doth mask the mole,
            the memory hole
            your final goal.

          • Padraigin Eagle

            Gail in the buff
            how cute when you act tough
            sans training wings in the canyon
            it surely shan’t be halcyon
            no matter, welcome back fail,
            we do enjoy the regale
            master class 101
            The Eagle always up for some fun.

      • irish1919

        Yup. They are the certifiably insane.

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

    “There are two aspects to every force ; one is the positive, the other is the negative. Sometimes this duality which runs through everything is called masculine and feminine. Masculine corresponds to the positive, feminine to the passive or negative.
    The masculine is always the aggressive, pushing, active, positive power. The feminine is the passive, receptive, hidden, unmanifested potency. Both are requisite to the operation and fulfillment of any project, but either may be too much in excess, thereby causing a lack of balance between the two, and a consequent defeat of the end to be attained.”

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

    “The subjection and dethronement of the senses, and hence of the lower self, is not accomplished by a mere wish.
    So deeply ingrained in the very fibre of your being are the erroneous views, ideas and principles inculcated by ages of perverted sense use on the part of your forefathers, as well as your own years of crude ignorance, that many a time, even after you have intellectually and earnestly accepted higher truth, your old habits and inclinations will force a battle wherein you will be victor or vanquished. You may be tempted to yield to a sensual desire.
    Will you or will you not be true to your highest?”

  • littljo

    the MSM zionists put up all those busy screens and talking heads are watched every night. (alas not by me). They are complete scripts from the AP (the official zionists fake news agency).
    It matters not which side they take right or left – so long as confusion reigns and the folks keep watching them and their sports (the big 3 -football, basketball, baseball) are all fixed just like the WWE except they admit it.

  • guest

    The 6% are the paid for internet trolls.

    • wlawlor

      the paper of record must clear its editorial page with Bibi before going to print.

  • rhondareichel

    Interesting to watch how much DISNFO even on FOX who continues to say Assad gassed his own people when the proof is that he didn’t. The oft repeated lies are for the benefit of war profiteers. Same thing with vaccinations….their SPONSORS are drug companies. If they told the truth the war on drugs should start with prescriptions

    • Padraigin Eagle

      Lies be their prescriptions, Protocols their instructions

      The same hidden hands squeeze their slimy glands, whilst here in Afrique du Sud, they all Surve as presstitutes in the hood.

    • irish1919

      What proof. By whose information? Sounds like a dem talking point to me. Actually I don’t care who gassed those people. He is a scumbag and so is Putin. Thanks to Obama and Clintons the whole world is on fire and all the bad players are emboldened. Obama and Clinton are traitors . But as usual the dems always make a mess of things. Then again we had a Muslim in charge. Pro Palestine and anti Israel .

  • dale ruff

    You cannot both claim you are a leading media, as is claimed for activistpost, and that you are not part of the media that is distrusted. The claim that activistpost is both popular and accurate is itself inaccurate.

    The 90% of the media controlled by 6 corporations is a betrayal of journalistic standards. But so are 90% of the “alternative” websites, which also are corporate owned and use misleading headlines and sensationalistic claims to gain eyeballs to sell ads.

    And note the irony that over half of the above article quotes the mainstream media. The headline which says only 6% trust the media (outrageous…let’s read on) is also an example of WHY people mistrust the media, including activist post. I read the entire study and here is what I found: ” In this survey, for instance, 6 percent of people say they have a great deal of confidence in the press, 52 percent say they have only some confidence, and 41 percent say they hardly any confidence.”

    So the truth is that the study found that 58% have some or a lot of confidence. This is the kind of omission of the whole truth which Orwell found to be more dangerous than an outright lie, since it is much harder to expose what is NOT reported than to challenge a stated claim.

    Activistpost in this article demonstrates the very reasons why so many Americans have decreased trust in the media…………….what an irony!

    • Rather post as a guest

      6% of the population absolutely trust the media. That is what the article is getting at here. It points out at the mainstream media is dying and the new media is coming in. No ones saying you have to trust activist post or any other alt media, but the fact that the mainstream is losing trust and sites like this are getting popular is a big deal.

      • dale ruff

        The headline is a lie: New Poll Shows Only 6% Of People Trust The Mainstream Media. That is a distortion of the poll findings. It found that 58% have lots of or some confidence in the media. That is a far cry from the headline. I am pointing out that activistpost is creating a false impression and therefore, ironically, is part of why people are losing faith in the media.; The main reason is lies, and activist post no where states that 52% have “some conidence” in the media. The article is lie.

        • Padraigin Eagle

          Conidunce: Hmmm.

      • NYCTim

        The only reason stupid people are “losing trust” in the media is because moron sites like Fox News and Infowars and Breitbart have been shrieking at them for decades that they’re being lied to. There is no proof of that, no source for their screeds. It’s just right-wing extremist news sources hammering people over and over with their lies that has caused this “mistrust.” The morons and conspiracy theorists are winning. But they’re not using facts to do it. Pathetic what our country has become. Sad.

  • DLWilson

    Note that the article condemns MSNBC for its obvious editorial slant, but says not a word about Fox News. Does anybody really believe that Fox is “fair and balanced”? The whole point of “Fox and Friends” is, in the words of the article, to “deceive and play lapdog for the establishment.” In their case, the Republican establishment. It’s exactly why there an ongoing war between Fox and Trump. But that war is being dialed back, because Fox considers losing to the Democrats so horrific that it would rather deal with the devil they know than the truth. But truth has never been the highest priority for any of them.

    TV journalism started its decline when Larry Tisch took over CBS and put the News Division into Entertainment, which the other networks followed. TV News gets far too little money to do good reporting. They depend on others, thus are a secondary source. And they are, as the article points out, influenced by financial and political considerations.

    But “alternative news websites” are even worse. They have small budgets, don’t do first-hand fact reporting, instead get their stuff from other sources, many of which are secondary themselves. They are, in fact, third rate operations which gratify the lust of partisans for red meat, with facts pounded on and molded into something they call “truth”.

    All of which is why I watch the BBC and the PBS News Hour.

  • Paschn

    Now all we need do is convince that 94% to watch/read only the ALT media and shut off the money tap to the “Lame Stream” media.

  • Harold Saive

    Story Link is DEAD – “decline of prime time viewers.”

  • nightwisp

    Even less trust the government who sends the propaganda TO THE MEDIA that less than 6% BELIEVE.

  • nightwisp

    Turn off the news, the TV and the newspaper. They will get the message. They cannot give away newspapers now. Most of TV is gay indoctrination garbage or 60s TV.

    • Doug

      Some of that 60’s TV is good stuff! I love The Beverly Hillbillies. Andy Griffith isn’t bad either.

      • nightwisp

        Yes it is. Doesn’t that speak volumes on the trash they now push? They ran out of ideas and recycle the good, old stuff with an updated version. Or it is all reality shows. Other than an agenda, they have zilch. But I saw the good old stuff the first time around.

        • Doug

          I saw the good old stuff the first time around too. But that’s how I know its good stuff.

  • Doug

    This is why the establishment is trying hard to destroy the alternative media through bogus bills. They don’t want the truth to be told.

  • Archie1954

    As far as i’m concerned, it has already been dead for a decade or more. I stopped reading or watching the MSM when I realized that it hadn’t published any information on the Downing Street Papers. Now that was some time ago if you recall. I knew right away that the MSM could not be trusted to tell the truth and all of it. I don’t miss being mislead and am perfectly happy with getting the news and all of it from alternate media!

  • Clay Davis

    Let ’em die.

  • LudVanB

    Now if just 6% paid attention to them at all, we might get the 4th Estate we need.

  • Abe

    Only 6%?? Not lower??

  • Jimmy Yost

    If the majority of the people don’t trust the mainstream media why do they keep watching Fox ‘News’, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, etc.? Could the reason be that they’re all a bunch a brainwashed idiots? Aside from the brainwash aspect, TV and movie addiction is slow suicide to the human soul (mind, will, emotions). People who allow themselves to become addicted to TV and movies are their own worst enemy

  • Mr. Blair M. Phillips

    Too high a percentage.

  • L Garou

    It’s gone waaaaay beyond ‘mistrust’
    It’s now progressed, as naturally as the sun rising, to ‘get a rope’

  • Media Man
  • Media Man

    One of the best shows these days is “Crosstalk” with Peter Lavelle on RT. Quite a large range of views. He does not deal with certain hot button issues, and, the rest of RT has some really lame shows, but Crosstalk is worth a watch quite often. Can’t say the same of the lame stream legacy media monopoly.

  • tanks

    About the same rating as congress – politics and media – both mutually entwined and headed for the rocks.

    Most people have figured out now that the media has become the propaganda wing of government and corporate interests while politicians are nothing more than salesmen for the military industrial complex. I’ve known it since 07 during Ron Paul’s campaign but it didn’t go mainstream until Trump and Sanders ran. Better late than never I guess, but RP would have restored the constitution and put America first – he would have made us a good President had the media given him a fair shake. I love it that Trump has been able to weather this storm and thrive from the negativity – RP couldn’t do that.

  • Raoul Duke

    File under DUH

  • Patrick

    6.4% of the population actually do suffer from cognitive impairment.

  • Archie1954

    Only 6%, and they are all demented, 90 year old Faux “News” watchers!

  • Queen Mennon

    the american people are awake. thank God

  • baustin

    We should boycott all mainstream media, The 1st amendment has been infringed upon by the corporate globalists, They should be charged and imprisoned. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
    prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
    speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
    assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”. The mainstream media has poisoned free speech as free speech has been stunted by money and greed of all sides left and right. Do not listen to them. Search other outlets.

  • ryan mcguinness

    Well from your writing I’m guessing your a liberal. You believe everything you’re told.

    • dale ruff

      My writing is a satire on your writing, which I am guessing is from a liberal-hating fascist. PS> your judgement is weak: I am not a liberal. I have been a dissenter for over 60 years, a true skeptic. I have no master except the desire for the truth.

      You are full of false assumptions…empty,. which explains why you hide your
      emptiness behind cute fake poetry.

    • NYCTim

      You can obey your master. I don’t have one. Herr Trump is happy to have you.

      • PeterNorththeboxsmasher

        NYC Tim the neighborhood idiot. Cry me a river you little boy. You lost you don’t get a trophy or a safe space. I bet you’re NYC liberal nose up in the air jerk off. You even replying after the beating the Democratic party took. My master I own my own business ,home and Democrats have done nothing but tax me and put restrictions on things. You’re not important and YOU LOST and I LOVE IT. Trump was best F U to the wacko liberals and establishment. TROLL TROLL You’re Rawwwssittt RAWWWSSSSIIITT

  • MDO

    No longer believe or listen to the news. They slant the truth, leave out stories that don’t serve their agenda’s. There is complete bias in reporting and they never check their facts. Most of the news anchors have been caught in big lies. The news has turned into a cheap reality show.

  • Iconoclastic Sage

    Media confidence is like a pregnancy test. There might be a 50 % chance of getting pregnant but the pregnancy itself is a yes or no answer. It’s silly to add the “might” number to the misinformed 6 % that swallow the balderdash dished out by foolish loopies.

  • dpierce

    Truth is, everyone has a bias. Problem with the media is they catered to the elite and lost the majority who are not. They became an arm of the government, receiving status, perks, money and their job done for them: talking points. Everyone got wind when they went station to station and heard the exact news, the exact phrases, the “talking points”. Those who won viewership were the little news outlets that gave us something we did not hear in the major ones. and the wikileaks that did what the media did not: Expose corruption big time. All those reporters who played the “game” were listed recently..a lot of pretty faces but soulless on the morals side. They got their stories or money to stop stories..and now they are known. CNN was one of the worst..with the most “sold out” reporters to do the bidding of the Clintons. After all, in an article in the New York Times, Hillary and Axelrod were quoted as wanting to get the media “in line” and frustrated that Fox News was not. Now Fox is in the elite machine I hear with its change in leadership. The media infotainment thought it reached its pinnacle with all hands on deck but they didnt know the ship was sinking. Wiki..leaks. hahahaha!”)

  • Ann Nonimus

    I’m really quite surprised. I thought the number would be closer to zero.

  • Rich Comito

    This is the tip of the proverbial iceberg, China has touted GLOBAL clampdown on net.

  • Dave Youngman

    ALL TRUMP’S FAULT !! HOW DARE he point out that they are the ones lying ALL THE TIME.

  • light of the world

    what did they say all those fake news channel trump will never win? Hillary Clinton will win for sure? who won? Trump.

  • irish1919

    There are more than 6% left wing nut jobs out there so their favorability is higher but not much. Anyway I believe TV news in other paper and TV will be done in another 5-10 years. People can get their fill on line. The truth can also find reliable sources on line. This is why Trump won and why he uses twitter. Can’t trust Main Street media. In the tank for Dems.

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