(National Sentinel) Crumbling Institution: As Hurricane Florence plods towards the Carolinas, bringing with it 140-plus-mile-per-hour winds and as much as 40 inches of rain, you’d think that the ‘mainstream’ media would want to know the details about how the Trump administration is planning to deal with the emergency.
But you’d be wrong — because, again, we’re talking about the “mainstream” media, the same institution that is stricken with Trump Derangement Syndrome and hatred for more than half the country.
Instead, reporters were peppering administration officials including the president, FEMA, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen with questions about an alleged transfer of DHS funds that has nothing at all to do with the hurricane and everything to do with a Leftist Democrats’ political agenda.
The Washington Times reported:
A top FEMA official attempted Wednesday to warn people in the path of Hurricane Florence but instead had to shoot down reporters’ questions about whether the Trump administration wasted disaster funds on its illegal immigration agenda.
Jeff Byard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s associate administrator for response and recovery, said the important issue was that the hurricane would be a “Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast” and people had to heed evacuation orders.
But reporters at a press conference at FEMA’s Washington headquarters wanted to know about Sen. Jeff Merkley’s claim that the Trump administration diverted $10 million from FEMA to ICE for housing illegal immigrants caught up in the President Trump’s zero tolerance policy at the border.
The Oregon Democrat showed budget documents about the fund transfer Tuesday on the “Rachel Maddow Show.”
As usual, an elected Democrat and MSNBC were 150 percent wrong in their accusations.
As Byard explained, those funds did not come from FEMA but rather “a pot of money at headquarters, covering employee training, travel, purchase card expenses and the like,” the Times reported.
What’s more, DHS officials said that money couldn’t be spent on disaster relief anyway, because doing so would be against the law.
But how many people watching Maddow and this idiot Democrat Tuesday night are now walking around angry at POTUS Trump over an allegation that is completely false?
No wonder the vast majority of Americans have no trust whatsoever anymore in an institution known (once upon a time) as the “Fourth Estate.”
In a separate story, the Times reported the results of a just-released survey by Gallup and the Knight Foundation that shows, again, how Americans’ trust of the media has tanked and isn’t likely to return anytime soon.
“The news media, like many other major U.S. institutions, has suffered from a decline in public confidence in recent years. A key question for the future of the news media, as well as for U.S. democracy, is whether that trust is lost for good,” says the poll, which was released Tuesday.
“Most U.S. adults, including more than 9 in 10 Republicans, say they personally have lost trust in the news media in recent years. At the same time, 69 percent of those who have lost trust say that trust can be restored,” researchers wrote.
The biggest criticisms? Lack of accuracy and too much Left-wing bias.
“Sixty-nine percent of U.S. adults in the current survey say their trust in the news media has decreased in the past decade. Just 4 percent say their trust has increased, while 26 percent indicate their trust has not changed,” said researchers.
“Republicans (94 percent) and political conservatives (95 percent) are nearly unanimous in saying their trust in the media has decreased in the past decade. However, declining trust is not just confined to the political right — 75 percent of independents and 66 percent of moderates indicate they are less trusting than they were 10 years ago.”
A deeper dig into the results, however, show far more Democrats than Republicans who have a lot of trust in the media. So what does that tell you?
It tells us that the so-called mainstream media in America, which was kept free and independent of government control by our founders via the First Amendment, has decided on its own to ‘regulate’ what Americans hear, see, and are permitted to know.
And as such, Americans are responding by turning their backs.
The establishment media is dead. It no longer exists as an American institution worthy of our trust and respect. It only exists as a propaganda division of the Democratic Party.
That helps explain why they are unable to ‘destroy’ POTUS Trump by convincing his supporters to abandon him. No one believes them anymore.