The media love to flatter themselves that “Trump’s LIES” are the reason people don’t trust them to be honest and objective. But before Trump ever came down the Trump Tower escalator to enter politics, I’d already published a book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy” (https://www.amazon.com/Guns-Grits-Gravy-Mike-Huckabee/dp/1250060990/), warning media and political elites in NYC, L.A. and DC that they were completely out of touch with the rest of America. They spent so little time visiting or talking to 90% of the nation that they arrogantly referred to their own target audience as “flyover country.”
Their arrogance and ignorance sprang from their lack of interest in finding out what the people really thought. So no wonder it came as a shock when Trump won the presidency. They thought he had brainwashed all those voters when he was actually just saying the things they’d been saying for years, but the elites in the media and political capitals just weren’t listening.
Now, all these years later, and they’ve still learned nothing from Trump’s rise or my book. A new Rasmussen poll reveals yet again how hopelessly out of touch they are with the vast majority of Americans.
The pollster asked likely voters to rank the issues of most importance in the midterm elections, and asked members of the US legacy media the same question. Here’s what voters said was most important, in order from #1: Gas prices, inflation, the economy, violent crime, election integrity, school issues, election cheating and illegal immigration.
Here’s what the media members said were the most important issues, in order: Climate change, abortion rights, the January 6th Capitol riot investigation, COVID-19, LGBTQ issues and Ukraine.
As Monica Showalter at American Thinker points out, that’s a perfect score for the media: not a single issue that they think is most important appears on the list of the public’s concerns, nor do any of the public’s concerns appear on the media’s list. And they wonder why their ratings are in the outhouse? But as Ms Showalter writes, the media are undeterred by the public’s lack of interest in their obsessions and just keep hammering away, thinking they can force us to care about what they care about. In fact, all they’re doing is driving away viewers and readers and putting themselves out of business.
A new Pew Research Center has more proof of the disconnect between the major media outlets and the American public (as well as reality.)
That survey found that media members think they’re doing a great job in these five areas: covering the most important stories of the day, reporting the news accurately, serving as a watchdog over elected leaders, giving voice to the underrepresented and managing/correcting misinformation (i.e., the laughable “fact-checkers.”) The public, however, begs to differ. The biggest gap was in “Reporting the news accurately.” 65% of media members think they’re doing a very or somewhat good job of that. 35% of the public agrees.
Question: if you owned a restaurant and were convinced you served really good food, but only 35% of the public agreed, how long do you think you’d stay in business?