By: Charles Anyanwu
What media source do you use? CNN, BBC, ABC, FOX, or the New York Times? These are some of the many news sources we use in our everyday lives, but do we always know that what they say is trustworthy?
Now more than ever, there have been accusations towards some of the news sources mainstream media who have been hit with the words, “They are fake news,” or “That is fake news.” But, do we as journalists of the American press, truly spread fake news, and if so, do the American people trust some news sources more than others? According to President Trump’s Twitter feed @realDonaldTrump, “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” How can I combat this as a young journalist?
Now, “Fake News” detracts from the real news. Social media’s influence on the spreading of fake news is not helping. According to the Pew Research Center, “Two-thirds, 66%, of adults get news on both types of digital devices, while 13% get news only on a desktop/laptop and 5% only do so on a mobile device.” On my own news feed, friends and family are constantly sharing information that is not real, truly FAKE, and it is impossible to stop.
As of the recent 2016 Presidential Elections, the American’s trust in the media has continues to drop at a staggering rate. According to Gallup, “In 2001, younger Americans (55%) were more likely than older Americans (50%) to express trust and confidence in mass media. This gap emerged again in 2005 when 53% of 18- to 49-year-olds had trust and 45% of those 50 and older expressed the same sentiment.” These statistics make me wonder how much worse the trust of the media will get before it gets better. It has to get better.
This reporter will tell the truth, but like many others, has to combat the stigma that what I have researched and know to be true is FAKE. So what is it going to take for American’s to trust in the media again?