Former Fox News anchor and current podcast host Megyn Kelly went off this week when discussing the lack of trust in the mainstream media and how she understands why people no longer trust news outlets.
During an interview with “BBC Newsnight,” Kelly spoke about the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and said the media was partially to blame because they loathed former President Donald Trump so much it created a complete lack of trust in them from the public.
Kelly stated, “I remember listening to all of [Trump’s] disparaging comments about CNN when he first became a national figure as a presidential candidate, and I watched a lot of CNN even though I was on Fox. And I was like this is unfair. CNN maybe a little boring, but it’s fair and it’s factual. It’s not biased against Trump. Then they spent the next four years proving him right – proving me wrong,” according to The Daily Mail.
“They hated him so much they checked their objectivity, and it wasn’t just CNN, all of them did,” Kelly continued. “They just couldn’t check their own personal feelings about him. Either that, or they signed on to what I call the Jorge Ramos theory of covering Trump. He was at Univision, and he advocated, prior to Trump’s election, that we needed to cover him differently; that you needed to outwardly call him a racist, sexist, misogynist, all of it, and that that was important for history, and I think too many journalists agreed with that, at their own peril. Part of the reason we saw what happened at the Capitol here two weeks ago was because there’s been a complete lack of trust, a destruction of trust in the media, and people don’t know where to turn for true information, they don’t trust the media anymore. And it’s a major problem.”
Kelly added, “We could have a little less crazy rhetoric from the White House, but it’s not going to change how divided we are here in America because Trump was the symptom of those divisions, not the cause of them.”
Trust in the mainstream media has hit an all-time low.
According to a new poll from Axios, fewer than half of all Americans have trust in traditional media. Trust in social media has hit an all-time low of 27%.
The report found:
- 56% of Americans agree with the statement that “Journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.”
- 58% think that “most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public.”
- When Edelman re-polled Americans after the election, the figures had deteriorated even further, with 57% of Democrats trusting the media and only 18% of Republicans.
A whopping 61% of Trump voters say that they trust their employer’s CEO.
That compares to just 28% who trust government leaders, and a mere 21% who trust journalists.