Sunday, February 12, 2017

How to get real news in Trump Era

According to a September 2016 Gallup poll "Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media "to report the news fully, accurately and fairly" has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media."  

I  rely on major mainstream news media - network news and national news paper such as USA Today, Like the super majority of the country I feel that these news organizations report partial, biased and thus inaccurate information. The biased and partial news report reaches new high since Trump was elected the president of Unite States.

In this highly partisan era, how can one get true news, a full picture of what happened?

1) Use logic to digest news  - don't be fooled by headlines, read the full stories, check the sources
2) If you don't have time to read the full news from any outlets, see both sides arguments at the same time at RealClearPolitics..com.

The following are a few examples of partial news, or repackge of  outdated news or outright smearing news, and they showed why 68% of voters don't trust major news outlets.

Biased report on recount effort by Jill Stein

Despite the fact that there was no report of irregularities, no protest from Clinton campaign about the election, news media tried hard to highlight the potential of a Jill Stein recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. When the Michigan and Pennsylvania's recounts were denied by courts for lack of standing and evidence, they cried foul. This actually is not the issue. The issue is that they did not report the outcome of Wisconsin recount results.

The news reports from mainstream media on recount efforts were not only biased, they were trivial news.

Hacking of Democratic National Committee emails

The hacking, which happened in July 2016,  revealed the true color of DNC and how DNC and news media collaborated to support Clinton. Then later in the year, it was reported that there was a potential Russian link. But the latter news died on the arrival - because the leak confirmed what people suspected of DNC and Clinton, and there was no evidence provided.

After Trump's win, the political establishment, including Obama, who promised to help Trump to succeed, repackaged the news, try to sell it as Russian influence on election process, without highlighting the only thing happened was DNC email hacking. The news are outdated and obsolete news

Temporary ban on immigration from selected countries

The Trump executive order was instantly branded by news media and most pundits as "Muslim Ban", which is not true for any unbiased person who read the executive order. The "Muslim Ban" was a lie created by Trump opponents.

After the temporary ban, there were many protests, and the network news reported only protests and opinion against it. What was the percentage of people protesting the temporary ban? How many people support the ban? According a poll by Rasmussen, 57% voter support the temporary ban on visitors from 7 countries. The full title of the ban is " EXECUTIVE ORDER: PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES" Surprisingly all major news organizations did not report the Rasmussen poll findings in their headline news reports. I heard this poll finding by chance from a NPR report in the middle of half hour news report. Politco reported a poll they conducted - highlighting majority of Democrats wanted to block Trump, somewhere in the middle, it is stated "Across the board, Trump is finding strong support for nearly all of his policy prescriptions. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed said they approve of Trump’s new immigration restrictions, which curtail the flow of people from seven Muslim-majority countries. Only 38 percent of voters oppose the order". CNN had a report on supporters of the temporary ban, but did not list it with news on protest of the ban, but buried in the middle with other news.

The news from major outlets are partial reports of the full picture, they are skewed news.

How to get real news in Trump Era

In this highly partisan era, how can one get true news, a full picture of what happened?

1) Use logic to digest news  - don't be fooled by headlines, read the full stories.
2) If you don't have time to read the full news from any outlets, see both sides arguments at the same time at RealClearPolitics..com.

1 comment:

  1. CNN has this story on cnn.com frontpage on 2/21/2017

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/21/politics/donald-trump-republican-support/index.html

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