Given the 24/7 hysterical propaganda coming from mainstream media, it is easy to see how Americans are clueless about current events' true nature, whether it be politics, COVID, or foreign policy.
But, there is some good news.
For the first time, most Americans do not trust the mainstream media
According to PR firm Edelman's Annual Trust-Barometer, fewer than half of all Americans trust the mainstream media despite the constant propaganda onslaught.
Anyone in journalism or media could have told you long ago this would be the case. The dinosaur knowns as Mainstream Media is dying. Before Google conspired with Zuckerberg and other digital giants to crush alternative media, those alternative outlets competed with and beat MSM.
MSM and Big Tech attempted to put a stop to that revolution, but the damage was done. Alternative media gave a large portion of the American people a glimpse of real journalism, and, ever since, MSM has been slowly withering.
Edelman's "Trust Barometer" shows that Americans' trust in the media establishment has now hit an all-time low in 2021, falling three more points to 46 percent. For the first time, that figure has dropped below the 50 percent mark.
Social media is taking blows to the chin, with Americans' trust ranked at only 27% for content found on Facebook, Twitter, and the like.
The lack of faith in the mainstream is not exclusive to America. Across the world, belief in social media is only 35 percent. Globally, only 35 percent of people rank social media as trustworthy for "general news and information."
Other related information shows that Americans are not happy with journalists or the journalistic profession either. Fifty-six percent of Americans said journalists are "purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations." Fifty-eight percent agreed that most media outlets were "more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than informing the public." This website published an article about how the MSM was goading the public back in 2018.