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Americans aren’t fooled: 2/3 say ‘mainstream media’ is fake news

We wonder – is this what Hillary Clinton was really referring to?

(National SentinelMedia: Emerging from hiding out in Chappaqua, twice-beaten Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton had a commencement message (from which no student walked out, unlike Vice President Mike Pence’s Notre Dame speech earlier this week) for graduates of her alma mater, Wellesley College on Friday.

“You are graduating at a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason,” she said.

“And there’s something else. As the history majors among you here today know all too well, when people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society,” she added. “That is not hyperbole. It is what authoritarian regimes throughout history have done. They attempt to control reality.”

Naturally Clinton was lashing out at her most recent vanquisher, President Donald J. Trump. But to the minds of most Americans, she may as well have been talking about the disgusting, discredited “mainstream media” that has been falsely reporting on this administration from its outset.

According to a newly release Harvard University/Harris poll, fully two-thirds of Americans say the mainstream media is rife with fake news. As noted by Fox Insider:

65 percent of voters believe there is a significant amount of fake news in the mainstream media, and the sentiment is held by a majority of voters across the ideological spectrum.

80 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 53 percent of Democrats reflected this distrust of the media.

84 percent of voters said it is hard to know what news to believe online.

Fox News Specialists co-host Eric Bolling pointed out that just last week,  The Washington Post and The New York Times published negative stories about President Trump that proved to be “duds.”

“Two publications that people really rely on to have real news and real researched news and journalistic standards blew it last week badly,” Bolling said.

Rob O’Neill lamented that the media has forgotten the importance of honesty, and too many journalists are now reporting on what’s going to advance their personal agendas.

Bolling agreed, and added that many of these anti-Trump stories cite unnamed sources.

“They’re undermining their own credibility,” Bolling said. “If you have a source, name your source. Or don’t run with it.”

So yes, Clinton is right; today’s college graduates certainly are entering the world at “at a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason,” – the biggest offenders being the same media that has done her bidding by assailing Trump day in and day out, with unsubstantiated, un-credited rumors, allegations, suppositions and innuendo – you know, fake news – since he took office.

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