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Minnesotans don’t think much of their corporate media

by Dan Burns on November 16, 2017

reportersThat’s the conclusion to which you might jump, when you start reading this. But the reality is more nuanced.

Trust is lowest of all among the state’s Republicans. Only 22 percent said they trusted the media to do what was right all or most of the time, compared to 61 percent of Democrats, and 41 percent of independents.

The question is pretty broad. I certainly believe that most reporters and researchers and so on are trying to “do what’s right.” But they’re hamstrung by the insistence from their bosses that false equivalence be always paramount. (It’s telling that much of this article from “liberal” MPR is devoted to passing along complaints from conservative Republicans.) False equivalence, though, is not the same thing as outright propaganda favoring one side over the other. What’s really going on, is that conservatives in particular don’t like it when corporate media isn’t putting out what they want to see, hear, and/or read, to bolster their own motivated reasoning.

Only about a quarter of adults nationally self-identify as Republicans, so that should be kept in mind when evaluating the poll results, as well.

The last thing I’m trying to do here is mount an impassioned defense of corporate media. Among many, many other things, its behavior last year played a key role in making “Pr*sident Trump” the horrific reality that it is. But too much that’s out there on this topic acts as if perpetually embittered, whining right-wingers speak for everyone.

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