Trust in the media is at an all-time low—and
for good reason. We in the business of journalism have exempted
ourselves from the normal rules that used to govern us, and so the most egregious kinds
of reporting errors are becoming more common. Formerly well-respected news organizations
and experienced national reporters are making the sorts of mistakes that wouldn’t be tolerated
in journalism school. When these mistakes are corrected at all,
it’s with seemingly little regret. And the corrections never get anywhere near
as much attention as the original salacious —but incorrect—narrative. How did we get here? I discuss that in detail in my book, The Smear. Here are three factors: First, firewalls that once strictly separated
news from opinion have been replaced by hopelessly blurred lines. Once-forbidden practices, such as editorializing
within straight news reports and the inclusion of opinions as if fact, are not only tolerated—they’re
encouraged. The result: It’s never been harder for Americans
to separate news that’s real from news that’s not. Example: May 14, 2016, ten days after Donald
Trump became the Republican presidential nominee, the New York Times published a blockbuster
article titled, “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved with Women in Private.” The story’s authors, Michael Barbaro and
Megan Twohey, interviewed Rowanne Lane, an ex-girlfriend of Trump’s. Her quotes made Trump sound, at best, like
a jerk, and at worst, like a predator. The reporters went so far as to provide their
own quotes for the story, presenting their personal commentary as if it were established
fact, writing, “This is the public treatment of some women by Mr. Trump…degrading, impersonal,
performed.” The problem is, the reporting wasn’t true—according
to Trump’s supposed victim. Once the story was published, she publicly
accused the Times of misleading her, writing a “hit piece” against Trump and putting
a “negative connotation” on what —she said—was “not…a negative experience.” No matter where you stand, this was a huge
development in terms of journalism: the main source behind front-page national news discredited the entire premise of the story. You’d expect something like that to rock
the whole news organization and prompt investigations, a retraction, and re-examination of policies. Yet, I can find no record of any of that. The Times and their reporters never even apologized
or printed a correction. Second, though we may personally like or dislike
a politician, as journalists we’re obligated to treat them the same. Too often, that’s not the case. For example: In May 2008, then-presidential
candidate Barack Obama said he had visited 57 states. Since there are only 50 states, everyone knew
what he meant. He meant to say was that he had visited 47
states. The remark, nothing more than a verbal gaffe,
drew little attention. And it didn’t deserve more. But when Sarah Palin made a comparable gaffe,
saying, “We’ve got to stand with our North Korean allies,” she was relentlessly ridiculed
and mocked in the media even though everyone knew she meant to say “South Korean allies.” Third, too many of us have allowed ourselves
to become tools of politicians and spin-meisters— often in order to get something in return. I call this “transactional journalism.” Example: Emails show in July 2009, The Atlantic
reporter Marc Ambinder was promised a scoop. He’d get an advanced copy of a speech by
then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton— but only if he followed certain conditions,
as privately dictated by Clinton aide Philippe Reines. Reines emailed Ambinder precise instructions,
including: “Describe Clinton’s voice as ‘muscular’” and “Don’t say you were
blackmailed,” by which Clinton aide Reines obviously meant, “Don’t reveal our arrangement.” “Got it,” replied Ambinder. His resulting article reads in part: “When
you think of President Obama’s foreign policy, think of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. That’s the message behind a muscular speech
that Clinton is set to deliver today.” That Ambinder, then considered a serious journalist,
would allegedly violate basic ethics for such a minor story speaks volumes about the state
of today’s news media. For the record, Ambinder defended himself
by saying that he found Clinton’s speech to be muscular, so the adjective was appropriate. I think most Americans would like to believe
their news is factual, well researched, and untainted by a reporter’s opinion. To put it another way, they want their news
straight up. But too often now, that’s not what they’re
getting, and they know it. I’m frequently asked, “Can the news be
fixed?” The answer is yes…but the first step to
fixing a problem is admitting that we have one. Until we do that, nothing can change. I’m Sharyl Attkisson for Prager University.

99 thoughts on “Why No One Trusts the Mainstream Media”

  1. I started going to college part time to become a media photographer. By the time I graduated, I didn't want to have ANYTHING to do with the media. Great video!

  2. What puzzles me is today's media supports socialism. And socialism leads to authoritarianism. And Authoritarianism leads to control of the media. Just ask Pravda and Izvestia.

    Today's journalists of mainstream media are trending themselves toward government telling them what to say and when. Do they really want that? It takes away their creativity, regardless of how one is bent politically. As soon as they realize they cannot broadcast news the way they want to, they will realize what grave mistake they and their predecessors made.

  3. Strange that all of the mentioned incidents befell moderate or left-minded news outlets. Because as we all know, F** News has never stooped so low, not once.

  4. It is very easy to find the truth
    If the msm is saying it
    then it’s PROBABLY NOT TRUE
    At the very least it “inaccurate” like a broken clock which can be twice a day.
    Then they take and run with their 12 hour correctness until they are accidentally correct again.

  5. If its any consolation to you Americans…its no different here in the UK.ALL our media are LEFT WING……there is literally NO Conservative media apart from a couple of newspapers but they are still very liberal.This is right across the free west…its an attack of national sovereignty…wake up people………

  6. This is really true in the Philippines. Filipinos prefer public forums rather from these media publishers. They are biased and has been sensationalizing misled leftist few.

  7. I sure don’t because all they do is lie and take sides manipulating the minds of the dumbed down masses. Those of us like me who are awake know how they operate and the agenda they push.

  8. Same thing is happening EXACTLY in Mexican Mainstream Media. We are lead by opinions rather than straight news. Just happens in Spanish.

  9. It’s been going in America for at lest 25 years that I can attest to….most news organizations are Fake News..don’t believe me do your own research people…Judge For Yourself….Think for yourselves……🇺🇸🙏🇺🇸 God bless America

  10. I call it SCUMEDIA ( media with an agenda) !!! > New York Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS and a majority of public access tv news sources. These days you have to learn to read between the lines and lies !!!

  11. They are not mistakes though are they ? Written as lies and slander and intended as such , they are no longer journalists, if in fact they ever were .

  12. These people hate that trump won so much that they will believe ANYTHING the MSM puts out. Even after it is known to be fake news
    They STILL repeat the lies and dont want to believe it is false.

  13. Of course it has nothing to do with the fact that all of the main stream media has been acquired by ,what, 5 or 6 giant corporations? Naaa, that couldn't be it!

  14. Its been fake for sometime now 16 years or more? Time to take control of the country. Kick out the terrorist especially in New York and California

  15. The BBC aren't even trying to hide the bias these days. They can't think of ways of 'spinning' Brexit so they've gone full hog on project fear and outright political bias. It's incredible.

  16. You guys from PragerU should start producing content to Latin America. I'm brazilian and I can pretty much tell you guys that leftism propagated by the big media (TV Globo) has ruined our family, religious and social values.
    Here, the conservatives or at least, those who conserve any value, are the "weird ones" due to this shifting we've suffered. But after all, I still prefer to be the "weirdo" than one of the all-new "normal ones" with all their misconceptions and emptiness.

  17. The only way to fix the media, is with more govt. oversight and regulation. I'm not for increasing power of the media's handlers.

  18. the sad part is many still hold what is "reported" by MSM as factual. propaganda works until it doesn't……them to regain trust might be impossible

  19. The We the PEOPLE are AWARE and AWAKE, FAKE NEWS as the Liberal democrat weirdos don't care if they LIE in are face….
    TRUMP doesn't scare easy.

  20. It is the obligation of the media to report the news fairly and objectively. They haven't been doing that for some time now. Although, it does appear that America is FINALLY standing up to the corrupt media.

  21. The leftstream media no longer employs journalists nor do they report the news.
    Now they exclusively hire activists to report narratives dictated by the DNC and other far left extremists.

  22. Freedom of the press is not freedom to lie? 50 people were murdered and riots were incited. We should drag them out and beat them

  23. YouTube 'unsubscribed' me from Prager U…again. What a coincidence, that Prager U is in a legal battle w YouTube/Google/Alphabet, and random unsubbing of subs…hmm.

  24. As time goes by some of the details kind of fade. With all of the unbounded misinformation in the 'media' today, I'm not too surprised Sharyl Attkisson made this presentation. She is one of the good guys. I can remember faintly that she received a prestigious journalism award, and because of her high acclaim, she was pursued by the media for their disingenuous use. However, she indeed was/is an honest journalist who would not, and did not fit into their fake news…

  25. nobody wants to buy your book. if I don't listen to news why would I want to read about the news…please just another "the smear".

  26. When you consider that most news organisations and now run by the Deep state and a sense of every by those people who run 14 organisations how long before they take control of the internet and we won't know what types of ungodly things they'll be doing the people of this world after all journalists I will know and these days like politicians we have one in Britain called The House of Lies and many journalists in the UK and across the world fit into the same agenda they lie deceitful and ungodly people who do not care about their selves believe in their own self enrichment by pushing the agenda of the deep state

  27. Mainstream media lies to much it's all controlled by the elite and leviathan demonic spirit they brainwash mostly anyone who watches them especially CNN to get everyone under there control by there agenda's.

  28. Once cable news which often is privately owned and operated became labeled "News" then journalistic integrity went out the window. Local news stations still report facts in a monotoned, detailed, and unbiased fashion. Internet and cable news always have an agenda.

  29. The news will be "fixed" when humans are taken out of the mix. I'll take my chances with biased algorithms over biased humans. At least the former is getter better, not worse.

  30. When you go to a socialist school
    To get a degree in public lieing.
    Then use it to get a job with media , you then have a job as a
    Professional brainwasher , and left wing activest.

  31. No the reason people don't trust the media is because it's all biased to one side or the other! Most people want the truth not the parts that make your political party, religion, beliefs look better!

  32. On 15 September 2019, The New York Times accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during his youth. The accusation was part of a promotion of a new book by Times reporters. However, a day later, the Times had to retract the accusation. The book that was being promoted stated that the supposed victim had no recollection of the alleged incident.

  33. In 2012 Obama amended the Smith-Mundt and foreign relations act of 1987 to allow propaganda to be broadcast here and abroad.
    That's why all of this is happening.

  34. If they scoff off Alex Jones, but say they don't trust the media, they definitely trust the media to run their life more than their own brain. Which is most people.

  35. I watch the news to see what's going on in the world.
    I don't care Why you think it happened.
    I don't care how You feel about it happening.
    I hear more news when I hear less opinion!
    My time is too valuable to be wasted on your opinion!
    You're a reporter.
    Report!
    Tell your opinions to the opinion shows. I know what not to watch!

  36. Nothing new under the sun. To Control a Democracy you first take over the press, you buy the press. "
    There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
    There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.  John Swinton Editor of the New York News, at the annual dinner of the American Press Association, in 1914.

  37. The NYT is trash. The papers they own are trash. The Epoch Times is eating their lunch when it comes to ethical journalistic standards and content. MSNBC, CBS, CNN, et al are textbook examples of journalistic failures. They are what happens when you have no ethical standards.

  38. Whats really sad is the very agencies who are suppose to protect us are the ones trying to destroy us! Our 3 letter agencies have gone rouge and have been that way almost from their beginnings. The media is owned and completely run by the C-A and that's just one of the reasons JFK wanted to destroy them. It's to bad they got to him first!

  39. If your country is obsessed with making a profit then yeah you reap what you sow. Media outlets are all about making money first. Technology changed the industry so they have turned to click bait and hacks like Hannity and Maddow. The more polarised and sensationalised the more viewers and $$$.

  40. The BBC interviews someone so that it can display its own opinion – frequently interrupting and shouting down the hapless patsy.

  41. What irritates me most about the MSM is the outright lies. Pushing opinion as if it were fact is a minor annoyance compared to the lies. Either way I don't pay attention to the MSM and I haven't in a long time.

  42. I know that Prager U believes in free speech, even when it's inaccurate and misleading. So I consider this video not to be canon.

  43. To me a mistake implies it was accidental, not on purpose. They aren't making "mistakes". This is 100% deliberate based on their own personal bias.

  44. This really isn't a new thing though. The reason George Bush Sr. lost his reelection in the race against Bill Clinton was because people thought we were in a recession under Bush even though the economy was incredibly strong and growing at the time. Why would they think that? Because newspapers and news programming said that we were, but not two weeks after Clinton took office they were suddenly talking about how the last quarter had the fastest job growth in years. Despite this nobody called them out on the fact they were claiming we were in a recession during that time.

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