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February 28, 2013 - 10:16 am

Roughly speaking, about two-fifths of American voters consider themselves to be conservative or libertarian. Another two-fifths or so describe themselves as moderate. The remaining fifth tell pollsters they’re liberal, progressive, or “immune to facts, reasoning, or experience.”

OK, I’m kidding about that last part. Especially after reading the latest from Rasmussen:

Fifty-six percent (56%) of all voters regard the news reported by the media as at least somewhat trustworthy, but that includes just six percent who think it is Very Trustworthy. Forty-two percent (42%) don’t trust the news media, with 12% who believe the news it reports is Not At All Trustworthy.

So even with an in-the-tank Mainstream Media hootin’ and a-hollerin’ for the progressive cause, no more than six percent — six percent! — of Americans think the media is “very trustworthy.”

We have a problem here. Congress and the MSM are two of the institutions Americans should rely on most. The former, to represent our interests in Washington. The latter, to make damn sure the former is honest about it. And yet Americans trust them both less than they trust dark alleys, gremlins fed after midnight, or Morning Zoo disc jockeys.

The bad news is, we have terrible institutions. The good news is, Americans — even a majority of vile progs — seem to recognize the fact. The undetermined news is, So what are we going to do about it?

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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For a while now I've thought that conservatives need to be spending their resources on preparing the battlespace for the next election. We know what the Democrats are going to do, they're going to again target the low information voters and try and make whoever the GOP nominee is unpalatable. It worked to get Obama reelected, it must be a powerful technique.

But there's no reason we can't play as well, and these numbers should give us hope. With 50% soft support it wouldn't be difficult to destroy the credibility of the media with the public. And it's not like it would be difficult. Between the Woodward story, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, and Biden there's plenty of ammunition to run ads during daytime TV pointing out how the modern media is nothing more than propaganda organs for the Democratic Party. But we have to do it now, if we wait until election season it will be perceived as a ploy.
1 year ago
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Jeff Gauch,
It won’t work because those voters don’t know these issues and strongly resist any attempts to enlighten them. They think Obama is going to give them free health care and pointing out the difference between health insurance and health care is a swing and a miss with this group.

This is why gun sales are up so strongly, the ones who are awake enough to perceive the failure that is being prepared for us all want to survive it.

In 1871 the German army besieged Paris and the citizens of that city ate the zoo animals to survive. The world has ended and restarted before, it will do so again. Even the New Testament has stories of the early Christians trying out a bit of collectivism of their own, human nature is stronger and doesn’t work in the collective unless it completely voluntary. Even then it’s dicey and people hedge their bets.

Those low information voters are going to learn the lesson in the only way available to them, the hard way.

May God help us.
1 year ago
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Many of us have witnessed a newsworthy event and then seen coverage of it on television or in the papers. We notice how many errors and misconceptions, and how much spin, appears in the coverage. Sometimes it's so off base as to bear just about no resemblance to what we saw and heard.

But then, we see news coverage of other events, especially ones that took place overseas, and we take them at face value - even with what we have seen of the media's fallibility.
1 year ago
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Sometimes I wonder if it's just us. Maybe that 56% - Obama voters included - are the "normal" ones. Maybe they're the American mainstream. Maybe history is on their side. Maybe they're riding the real wave of the future. Maybe we're really the paranoid fringe cranks. Maybe we should stop swimming upstream and just let the current take us where it will.

I'm going to be dead in somewhere between 15 and 40 years. So is Obama. So are all the people who voted for him. Maybe I just shouldn't care anymore.
1 year ago
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raise your hand if you too think the mainstream media won't care because of their disregard for those who pay their bills.
1 year ago
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That’s where it gets somewhat more interesting. The American Thinker had an excellent essay with a string of multiple quotes showing how the media themselves intend to get their mouths on the Government Teat. They said it more eloquently, but that was the point.

We cancel our subscriptions to this tripe and they still need their paydays.

I can’t link to any of this of course since PJ Media thinks decreased functionality equals increased comment pleasure.
1 year ago
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56% believe it's somewhat trustworthy?

There's the Obama voters.

The White House has an answer for these numbers, of course. They say what we need is more and better propaganda
1 year ago
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Paid for by a new National Endowment for the News.
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