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Propaganda Destroying American Trust

If there is one critical component responsible for the division this country is suffering with, it is the loss of trust in the information provided by news organizations once relied upon by Americans. According to a September 2018 article in the Columbia Journalism Review, ( poll conducted by the Knight Foundation and Gallup found that a majority of those surveyed said they had lost trust in the media in recent years, and more than 30 percent of those who identified themselves as being conservative said they had not only lost faith in the media but they “expect that change to be permanent.” The report added, "According to a separate Gallup poll from earlier this year that tracked trust in major institutions, newspapers, and television news was among the lowest, exceeded only by Congress."

He who holds the reigns of communication shapes the opinions and to a large extent the direction of the country, and for now, the left has a near monopoly on much of what Americans are exposed to. Investors Business Daily 11/2018 -

"Despite journalists' denials, it's now pretty much a fact that journalism is one of the most left-wing of all professions." The piece went on to say that researchers from Arizona State University and Texas A&M University questioned 462 financial journalists around the country from organizations such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press and a number of other newspapers, and found that 17.63% called themselves "very liberal," while 40.84% described themselves as "somewhat liberal."

In attacking Trump, the left is generously making use of the ideas of Germany's Joseph Goebbels who said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." They publish, and air lies made out of whole cloth without a shred of fear of accountability as they debate amongst themselves whether Trump is either incompetent or treasonist.

According to a May 2017 report from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, "Trump’s coverage during his first 100 days set a new standard for negativity." Negative reports outpaced positive ones with 80 percent negative against 20 percent positive. Trump’s coverage was merciless. In no week did the coverage drop below 70 percent negative and it reached 90 percent negative at its peak."

Regarding Trump's fitness for office, The New York Times had published 6 to 1 in negative coverage while The Washington Post ran negative coverage at a staggering 24 to 1.

The report concluded, "Trump’s coverage during his first 100 days was negative even by the standards of today’s hyper-critical press. Studies of earlier presidents found nothing comparable to the level of unfavorable coverage afforded Trump." Far left of center TV show "The View" has routinely descended into a level of demented regarding their relentless attacks on Trump. One of the shows hosts Joy Behar actually said on air that "Trump is basically working with ISIS to kill us." An insane statement met with agreement by another co-host Whoopi Goldberg. Simply put, Trump was never given a chance.

So destroying the President with extreme dishonesty is a penalty-free activity for the leftist media who are also interested in systematically eliminating the first amendment.

Under President Obama, attacks against conservatives went mostly unreported. Back then, a large number of conservative groups were targeted and crushed by Obama's powerful IRS without much fallout. Today, the IRS's anti-conservative functions have been substituted by Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Conservative based social media channels with large followings such as Diamond and Silk, Steven Crowder of Louder with Crowder and Mark Dice have regularly faced social media suspensions and demonetization attacks due to their conservative beliefs.

Conservatives from around the country should at the very least, be very concerned because the wide net containing what is considered hate speech is unquestionably broad enough to cover every conservative site in the country. Facebook defines hate speech as "a direct attack on people based on what they call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability.

There have been an unmistakable shift in the extremely unhinged ways the leftist propaganda machine attacks anything honoring American values. Which is why "Make America Great Again" is seen as akin to a KKK hood.

So what has drastically changed in these past many years is the consolidation of who owns the news media. It was The Telecommunications Act of 1996 that established media cross-ownership. At the time it was thought that the Act would encourage competition, but it increased mergers. In1983, there were about fifty companies that had control of 90% the media, and according to a report in 2018 by Jaron Brandon, Digital Content Manager at Opera Software, a total of five holding companies and media conglomerates control most of the mainstream news stations. These were identified as, Comcast, Walt Disney Corporation, Time Warner, 21st Century Fox, and National Amusements. Some billionaires, like Rupert Murdoch and Michael Bloomberg, have always been longtime media people while Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, bought The Washington Post as a side venture.

Taking over the media by leftists has become problem number one. NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, and Telemundo are under NBC Universal and owned by Comcast.

The Walt Disney Corporation owns ABC. They also own ESPN, Marvel, Disney Studios, and A&E networks.

And CNN is owned by Turner Broadcasting which is owned by Time Warner. They also own HBO and Warner Brothers. A telling sign that the left wants total domination of the media in this country is the fact that all of these enormous leftist communication giants wish to silence Fox News, one of the last places conservative voices can be heard.

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