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:

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102 Comments on "New Poll Shows Only 6% of People Trust The Mainstream Media"

  1. 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.

    • 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.

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

  3. “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.”

  4. “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?”

  5. 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.

  6. The 6% are the paid for internet trolls.

  7. 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

    • 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.

    • 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 .

  8. 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 | April 19, 2016 at 8:42 pm |

      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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

        • LOL, poor NYCTim, you’re incapable of thinking for yourself! The mainstream news jumped the shark long ago when it became a political entity devoted to shaping the public perception instead of presenting the facts. It’s become so idiotic that the President having 2 scoops of ice cream is -gasp- newsworthy. What a joke.

          • Vivian Leigh, I am more than capable of thinking for myself. I do it every day without allowing Fox News or InfoWars or Breitbart to tell me what to think and what I should repeat on message boards, as you apparently do.
            I don’t know which President you are referring to, nor do I care. There is no context or source to your claim, so it qualifies as more of your right-wing extremist BS and lies. As for “shaping public perception instead of presenting facts,” you obviously have confused real media with Fox News, which has been brainwashing the Dumbest of the Dumb for a couple of decades now. I see you’re a daily viewer.

          • Vivian Lee | July 25, 2017 at 3:49 pm |

            LOL, you liberal snowflakes all have the same talking points. Instead of using logic you start babbling about boogeymen like Fox, Infowars, or Breitbart. You are so totally dependent upon your liberal masters that you swallow everything. Grow up Nyctim and learn to think for yourself.

          • LOL. You Tea Baggers are so stupid and simple-minded. You use no sources and prove nothing you say. It’s all about what Fox News and Alex Jones have told you to think and say that day. Then you comically deny it and insist that all of you low-information morons have magically come up with the same thought. How remarkable!
            You claim the mainstream media has jumped the shark, yet you somehow deny getting your news from right-wing extremist sources? Well, either you’re lying or you don’t consume news, which would make you stupid. Which one is it?
            Grow up, Vivian. You obviously don’t have any intellect. You spew hatred and insults because you can’t form an independent thought without your right-wing masters telling you what to say and think. #Sad

          • Vivian Lee | August 8, 2017 at 5:14 pm |

            LOL, you are an idiot liberal NYCTim. Get a job, freeloader. Americans are not willing to support your useless ash any longer. America has ousted your party from power and refused to accept your lousy ideas any longer.

          • I’m unemployed? When did that happen? You Tea Baggers are so stupid that it should be painful. As for a job, you’re too stupid to have one. I’m sure you’re getting some kind of government handout. Probably disability because you have no brain.

          • You are 10 years old, snowflake. It’s illegal for you to have a job. Stay in school and graduate. Also, leave grownups alone. We are not interested in your infantile babbling, NYCTim.

          • LMAO. YOU are the “grown-up”? That really is comical. Just keep spewing more of your brainless insults and LIES. You show your lack of class and intelligence with every post. Actually, that makes you just like your messiah. #Sad

          • LOL, still babbling NYCTim? Go have your mommy change your diaper. You’re getting fussy.

          • LOL Still LYING, Viv? Keep showing your complete lack of class, dignity and intelligence. In other words, keep being like your messiah. #Sad

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

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

  13. 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.

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

      • 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. Let ’em die.

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

  18. Only 6%?? Not lower??

  19. 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

  20. Mr. Blair M. Phillips | April 30, 2016 at 4:50 am |

    Too high a percentage.

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. File under DUH

  25. 6.4% of the population actually do suffer from cognitive impairment.

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

  27. the american people are awake. thank God

  28. 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.

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

    • 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.

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

      • PeterNorththeboxsmasher | December 9, 2016 at 10:22 pm |

        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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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!”)

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

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

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

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

  37. 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.

  38. LOL, you are quite the hypocrite NYCTim!

    • If you say so, Vivian Leigh. But since you offer no specifics or facts, feel free to post your ignorance elsewhere. Thanks so much and have a super day.

      • LOL, you poor snowflake NYCtim! Read your posts and you will see your hypocrisy! Whats the matter, are you too stupid to understand hypocrisy?
        You snowflakes are so much fun because you are so stupid.

        • Oh, it’s just so much fun to have all of you Tea Baggers come out from under your rocks to insult me with your baseless ignorance and stupidity. Vivian, I can assure you that my IQ is at least 70 points higher than yours. Your posts are pretty much all the same. “Blah, blah, blah, snowflake.” and “Blah, blah, blah Trump.” Trump loves the poorly educated, Vivian. You appear to be on the way to being Wife No. 4.

          • Vivian Lee | August 8, 2017 at 5:15 pm |

            LOL, you’re an idiot NYCTim, but it’s fun to laugh at you. Wind you up and you start spinning in circles spewing your ignorance and hate! You obviously have the average 70 pt or less IQ score of all liberals. Only your mommy thinks you’re intelligent, Snowflake!

          • Viviass, you’re just so obviously ignorant and mentally challenged, I’m not going to bother with you anymore. I doubt you graduated high school. It’s pretty easy to tell from your sophomoric writing style and the ignorance contained in your posts. I will happily put my IQ score against yours any day of the week. I’ll even spot you 20 points. I’d say we could bet your bank account, but I just don’t need $16 that badly.
            And I’m so crushed that you called me a “snowflake.” It’s comical that you right-wing extremist Aholes think that Democrats are upset by that word. Tea Bagger idiots like you just make me laugh. You couldn’t outsmart or outwit a box of rocks.

          • NYCTim, unlike you, I’ve graduated university. You poor ignorant snowflake, your liberal masters tell you that you’re smart to make you swallow everything they feed you, no matter how foul.
            Your breath reeks so go brush your filthy teeth. By the way, you can’t bet your bank account because you don’t have one. Your welfare is paid out on a debit card.

          • LMAO. Vivian, unlike you, I’ve also completed GRADUATE school. It was an Ivy League one, too.
            The rest of your post is just more of your usual brainless insults and LIES. Please stop lying about your university degree. Unless you majored in Hate, you’re wasting it.

          • What does a retarded child like you know about the world, NYCTim? You’re just babbling.

          • Far more than you ever will. Sad that you know so little and never will open your mind to learn more. The sad thing is you are incapable of growth. You are what you are, a bigoted, finished product. But you’re so ignorant and stupid and full of hate that it’s just sad that no growth is possible because you refuse to learn and grow. #Sad
            Also, what does it say about you that a “retarded child” has a FAR better vocabulary than the idiot who calls herself the “grown-up.” You’re a pathetic POS.

          • Poor NYCTim, you can’t handle the fact that other people don’t need or want to walk in lockstep with your liberal masters. I feel sorry for you. You will never know what it’s like to truly make your own decisions. You will never be your own person.

          • LMAO. Says the sheep who has never had an independent thought and is programmed by Fox News and Breitbart on a daily basis. Go get an education, Vivian. You desperately need one. For now, go “be your own person” in your trailer park.

          • LOL, you are a delusional snowflake NYCTim. My two story historic brick house is a trailer? No, you’re the one squatting in his mother’s basement sucking up all her excess money. Why don’t you have pity on your poor mom and GET A JOB! Wow, you are truly an idiot!

          • My Manhattan apartment has a basement? Try again, you delusional idiot.

          • Yep, you’re a delusional snowflake, NYCTim. You are nowhere near Manhattan. Give it up, everyone knows you’re a poorly educated loser. Come on idiot, tell us how you graduated
            magna cum laude from some Ivy League school. Or are you summa cum laude?

          • LMAO. So now YOU are telling ME where I live? LMAOOOOOOOO You’re too stupid for words.

          • LOL, yep, you’re an idiot NYCTim, and you don’t live in Manhattan.

          • Would you like to bet the $16 in your bank account? I felt sorry for you about taking it, but you’re too stupid and too much of a rude POS. Now I will enjoy it. You’re dumber than a rock. Hell, you’re dumber than Trump. I didn’t think that was possible.

          • While I bet much more when I gamble, I stick with reputable casinos, not some loser squealing about his imaginary residence. LOL, I can tell you are a total loser when you call a self made billionaire who is also the president of the USA “dumb”. Stay in school NYCTim, I don’t want my already high taxes to go to a loser like you.

          • TRUMP is a “self-made millionaire”??? LMAOOOOOOOOO His Daddy GAVE him his first million. That is “self-made”? You are comically stupid and so completely clueless and uninformed that I genuinely feel badly for you.

          • Billionaire, Snowflake! Not everyone is a loser like you NYCTim.
            Don’t be so jealous of President Trump.

          • You have verification of this or do you say it “because Trump said so”? We both know it’s the latter, which proves how stupid, gullible and brain-washed you are. You believe the liar because you’re a stupid sheep. CONFIRMED!!!

          • Sigh, you are pathetic, NYCTim.

          • Vivian Lee is a very mean person who calls liberals, both individually and in general, every mean name in the book and tries hard to put her targets on the defensive. She seems to have made a career out of responding to articles on this page, and she is in form each and every time. She accused me a few days ago of homophobia. Why? I don’t know. I did not answer her. I just blocked her and reported her. May I suggest the same? Remember what Michelle Obama said: “When they go low, we go high”. Don’t bother insulting her in return.

          • Good call, Karen. You are correct.

          • LOL, only an idiot snowflake would call a billionaire stupid.
            NYCTim, you are such a loser.

          • LMAO. The only loser here is you, Vivian. You and the rest of the morons and sheep who believe all of the lies the Pathological Liar in Chief tells you. Grow a brain.

          • LOL, you’re pathetic NYCTim.

          • Your a useful idiot. Indoctrination is not an IQ score

  39. It is the establishment media or the corporate media or the legacy media.
    It has not been mainstream for a while now.

  40. I am one of those 6% of “Aware” Adult Americans who do not trust the Main Stream Media. I haven’t really trust the MSM since the early 1990’s.

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