During this election, the conduct of the media has become a campaign issue.
Donald Trump regularly highlights the biased and dishonest press at his rallies.
And a new poll shows just what the American people think of the media.
This election cycle, journalists have abandoned their role as objective reporters.
They’ve come off the sidelines and decided to wear Democrat jerseys and actively campaign for Hillary Clinton.
CNN, the New York Times and Washington Post operate as her Super PACs.
The American people are catching on to the media’s attempts to rig the election.
A recent Suffolk/USA Today poll found the American people listed the media as the primary threat to the integrity of the election.
CNS News reports:
More people see the news media–as opposed to Russian hackers or political bosses–as the “primary threat that might try to change the election result,” according to a recent Suffolk University/USA Today poll.
Pollsters asked 1,000 likely voters: “What do you think is the primary threat that might try to change the election results?”
45.53% said “the news media”– followed by “the national political establishment” (20.79%); “undecided” (13.42%); “foreign interests such as Russian hackers” (10%); and “local political bosses” (8.95%).
When asked whether they thought the news media was “acting completely of its own accord or coordinating stories with individual campaigns,” less than half of respondents (47.8%) said that the media was reporting on the campaigns independently, while about a third (38.8%) said they believed that the media was coordinating with the campaigns it covered.
Another 12.6% of survey respondents were “undecided” whether there was coordination between the news media and individual campaigns.
The American people’s fear that the media are actually partisan campaign operatives is well founded.
The WikiLeaks email dumps show just how intertwined the news media and Hillary Clinton’s campaign actually are.
In Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s emails, voters learned which reporters the campaign used to “tee up” stories.
There were also bombshell revelations that CNN contributor – and current Democrat National Committee Chairwoman – Donna Brazile leaked debate questions to the Clinton campaign.
The emails also showed how one CNN political analyst, Gloria Borger, compared covering the GOP to being in hell, and told Podesta he was a “rock star.”
Over the summer, the New York Times published a piece entitled “Trump Is Testing the Norms of Objectivity in Journalism.”
The author called for reporters to drop all pretenses of objectivity to hammer Trump as pro-Clinton partisans.
Jim Rutenberg writes:
“If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States’ nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?
Because if you believe all of those things, you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century, if not longer, and approach it in a way you’ve never approached anything in your career. If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional. That’s uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, nonopinion journalist I’ve ever known, and by normal standards, untenable.
But the question that everyone is grappling with is: Do normal standards apply? And if they don’t, what should take their place?”
It’s clear the press took his advice to heart and morphed into rabid Democrat attack dogs.
And this Suffolk/USA Today poll shows the American people have wised up to their game.