It’s like that old quip from the Marx Brothers’ classic comedy Duck Soup in 1933 … “Who are you going to believe, me, or your own eyes?” Only in today’s case of being caught in an obvious lie, it’s ears instead.
During a live television interview with NASCAR driver Brandon Brown about his win at Talladega, NBC reporter Kelli Stavast gaslit the country. She said, “As you can hear the chants from the crowd …” and then paused for natural sound. Anyone listening to the video can easily recognize the popular, albeit profane slogan directed at President Joe Biden now sweeping stadiums across America. Yet she resumed with deadpan delivery … “Let’s Go Brandon!”
With this kind of behavior it’s no surprise that polls show an erosion of trust in the media.
A Gallup poll from July about trust in public institutions showed Americans with a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers fell over three years from an already low 23% to 21%. For television it fell from 18% to 16%.
A Pew Research poll from August shows a growing partisan divide since 2016. Republicans and Lean Republicans who have “a lot or some” trust in national news organizations have dipped from 70% to