Howard Kurtz Asks: Why Do Americans Hate The Media?

Mediaite’s Joe Concha joins Howard Kurtz to discuss widespread distrust of the media, and whether or not sites like Newsbusters unfairly magnify media errors.

The “Also” was implied.

It seems like asking if magnifying errors, misleading segments, or outright lies causes the public to distrust the media is the wrong question. The right question is why do they do things that prompt such widespread reaction in the first place? It’s like a five year old in the corner, sorry he got caught, not sorry sorry.

Kurtz says such scrutiny of the media is a healthy thing, which is probably true. But what they must come to terms with is, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing, it’s definitely a “sticking around thing”. So get used to it.

Media is supposed to have a healthy mistrust of government and authority. The new dynamic should be that the viewers have a healthy distrust of the media’s distrust.

And that’s the way it is.

(h/t Mediaite)

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  • d1comment

    Did either mention the biased MSM ideology…? or just “mistakes”..?

  • Lady_Penguin

    Considering that the media long ago abdicated their jobs of “policing” the government, and they’ve all but been taken over by the leftists, there isn’t any reason to give them credibility. The malignant media are just shills for the Democrat machine, and as long as that’s how they do business, Americans will seek ways around the propaganda.

    • Steve Angell

      Like here neither even begin to touch the liberal bias that makes sure every conservative and most independents hate the press.

  • timsrighty

    Well, Howard, I guess on of the reasons we “hate” the media is because of clueless imbeciles like you. Fox needs to hand out some pink slips.

    • Conservator1

      Exactly; and for them to compare NewsBusters to Media Matters is an outrage. Since Kurtz joined Fox News, there has been a noticeable effort to have more liberals views aired and I barely watch it. Their website provides all the information I might ever need.

      • timsrighty

        I gotta give O’Reilly some credit for a change…he seems to love to bring Kurtz on The Factor just to slap Howie around.

        • Conservator1

          I admit I did watch that, but I was flipping channels at the time and Kurtz deserved it.

        • CalCoolidge

          Klutz i’s so insipid. How can you not want to slap him around?
          I thought the guy was a waste of protoplasm 15 years ago. He has not aged like wine.

  • WhiteGuy2

    The media has as much credibility as Al Gores climate scientist. They are both being paid to advocate a one sided agenda. The good news is that the majority of people are now aware and rightfully distrust the media.

  • Army_Pilot1967

    My distrust of the media goes back to 1968 when Walter “The Most Trusted Man in America” Cronkite claimed that Tet 1968 in Vietnam was a defeat for America and South Vietnam and that America couldn’t win the war. Unfortunately millions of Americans bought into that totally bogus claim and they turned against our involvement in South Vietnam. Tet68 was a devastating defeat for the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army (NVA). The Viet Cong forces were virtually wiped out and the NVA did the bulk of the fighting following Tet. And I didn’t trust Cronkite and some of the others after his big lie(s) about the Vietnam War.

    • timsrighty

      I was in grade school during Vietnam, but I could tell even then the media threw you guys under the bus. I’m proud of you and every other Vet. Sure millions of Americans may have bought in to the lies, but millions didn’t. History is on your side.

      • Army_Pilot1967

        Thanks, Tim, I appreciate your kind words…it means a lot.

    • Dr. Strangelove

      True. A decisive move by LBJ at that point would have ended the war and saved thousands of young American lives. At that time Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, etc. were media demi-gods and not questioned.

  • Darrell Griffin

    We distrust them, because they are demonstrably corrupt.

    Don’t need a degree from Columbia to figure that out either.

  • Crassus

    Why do Americans hate the media? Look in the frigging mirror, Howie.

  • Oh that’s rich! The lamestream has more connections to the dear leader administration and more members in bed (literally) with each other, and they whine that sites like News Busters or Scoop or anyone is unfair! I’d laugh my head off if it wasn’t so freaking serious.

    • PhillyCon

      I thought that was funny too! Seriously? Get a clue. There’s no such thing as the news as Rush likes to say.

    • FreeManWalking

      Duckie, If Jefferson could have foreseen today’s media I think he would have said “unbiased press”.

      • I believe so. I also believe the Founders would love sites like Scoop and other bloggers.

  • PhillyCon

    This question wouldn’t be so funny if it didn’t demonstrate the absolute disconnect with reality.

    • Precisely. It’s another campaign in the Liberals’ War on Reality.

  • dan’l

    Real Americans hate lying weasels.

    • Yep, and they ain’t too fond of mentally incompetent lying weasels either.

      Men like Rush and Levin have more IQ in an eyetooth than all of MSNBC and Media Matters combined. And now that I’ve done the math, you can throw “Think” Progress in there too.

      They should all share the same logo. A wet paper sack with a dingbat trying to think his or her way out of it…

      …and into a set of self-imposed utopian shackles, aka u-dope-ian fetters.

  • toongoon

    So the fact that they lie to the American people is unimportant.
    The American people just need to stop wanting the truth. Got it!

  • I don’t have a healthy distrust of the media’s distrust. I have a healthy distrust of the media’s trust. A hefty distrust of that trust too. We could use some trustbusters in this country. I thought we had antitrust laws.

    Oh, we do? Well, they should apply to the government and their permanent campaign media staffs too. But then, that would infringe on free speech wouldn’t it?

    Currently much of the press are exercising their free speech to speak directly from the confines of O’s colon. Each and every lefty one of ’em, residing in an O’neighborhood colon condo of their own.

    They stink.

  • toongoon

    There are no longer journalists reporting news in the media. There are only stenographers and spin doctors. A true journalist would not be hired by a major news outlet, in the twenty first century they start blogs and attract a much larger audience.

    • Interurbaner

      But the spin doctors are billionaires like George Soros.

  • iaintlyin

    anything less than one of these two saying ,”Americans are on to us being the lying pos progressives that we are” would be absolute proof that they are continuing down the road that got them here.

  • Nukeman60

    So once again, the media is asking the media why the American people think the way they do about the media. Isn’t that much like MSNBC asking it’s own leftist flunky idiots why Conservatives are such racists?

    Why not ask We the People? We could tell them that it may be the fact that they lie, lie, lie. Maybe it’s the fact that they are all liberal water bearers for Obama. Maybe it’s because they consider us mere cattle that can’t think for themselves and therefore they need to think for us.

    Maybe all the above, and then some.

  • Alborn

    Because the MSM is no longer that. They are a wing of the Democratic Party. Therefore an enemy of Constitutional loving Americans. We know a lie when we hear it and they apparently do not. A real media would confront this lying president with all his lies. The only media we have left is on the internet.

  • PNWShan

    I haven’t even watched it yet, and I’m laughing at the title. What kind of steel and asbestos-encrusted bubble do these guys live in?

  • PNWShan

    It’s because we’re hearing too much “opinion”? How about we’re hearing too much opinion disguised as ‘fact’? How about the media covers up some stories and blows others out of proportion? How about journalistic FRAUD, like editing the tape to make George Zimmerman to sound like a racist?

  • Dramamama54

    Because you refuse to vet Obama, because you lie, because your very exists acne is to keep Obama in positive light. The mainstream media is simply the talking heads for this administration! Not one of you has EVER tried to make Obama answer hard questions, but ask him what his favorite color is and how will his wife feel in Hawaii! Trash all of you!

  • imatellau

    Let’s see…… You claim bipartisanship, yet you schill for obamacare.
    You call yourselves “journalists” yet 99% of your stories are neg towards Reps, positive to dems…
    Mostly, the fact you talk down to the public as if WE DONT KNOW the truth!
    You and your ilk are morally dishonest and severely lacking in integrity!

  • Howard Roark

    Many, many Americans hate the media (MSM) because they are dishonest partisans. Partisanship isn’t the major problem. In the 18th and 19th century newspapers were explicitly partisan with names like The Jeffersonville Democrat or the Palatine Republican. But no, now media (MSM) dishonestly claim to be nonpartisan and arrogantly oblivious to the existence of genuine differing views on any important topic.

    Even worse the hated media (MSM) are actively dishonest in shaping and coordinating journalism to minimize coverage of Democrats stepping on the rake while promoting hysterical coverage whenever the GOP misplace their keys. There is even a cute game called Name That Party which demonstrates this unfairness and a listserv formerly called JourNOlist for the coordination.

    Of course back when the media were more honest as journalists they where paid wages similar to factory workers and editors were paid like factory managers instead of the 6-figure pay of today’s TV reporters. Big pay is a wonderful catalyst for class arrogance when the ratings start falling…”those dumb ex-views must be watching Honey Boo Boo instead of my brilliance.”

    Notice how unresponsive the reporters and editors are at failing large city newspapers??? Here in the south the audience is largely conservative yet the papers remain remarkably liberal as their circulation and ad revenue plummet. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of hacks.

  • kapowi

    What media? We’ve got nothing but corporate hand outs. That’s why more and more people are seeking their news on alternative sites. Propaganda media flat out lies, distorts, or totally omits the truth.

  • kimber1911

    I don’t hate the media.. Just the lying talking heads…

  • Interurbaner

    Really? I guess if I loved liars I would love them.

  • Unafraid

    Don’t you love it when folks like these two bums tell us why we don’t like them? The problem with the media is that it tells us how to think rather than let us think fro ourselves.

  • sjmom

    The MSM are Obama sychophants who lie and cover for hsi administration. For example, had they truthfullly reported on Obamacare in the beginning it may not have passed but they propped it up because Obama and the Dems wanted it.

  • The reason why people people distrust the news today is because they deliberately censor the news in case the truth goes against the grain. That’s just journalistic malfeasance. This stuff didn’t start today. It’s been with us for decades.

    The question is: Do you perceive it — as a neutral observer?

  • Dr. Strangelove

    “…a reporter’s worst nightmare…” is getting caught pushing an agenda as opposed to reporting. The real news was at the end. Leno going to CNN?

  • Robert A Mitchell

    You cannot control the narrative if you have to many people checking your facts. Those of Howard Kurtz and his ilk are only questioning it because their minders don’t like having their agenda questioned.
    Too long the citizenry were the mushrooms. Advent of the internet opened Pandora’s Box and as we see from time to time they are thinking of ways to control certain aspects of the internet and it is not because of load on the system.
    I get amused, but sick to my stomach, with those white corn fed WASP’s who portend to espouse virtue’s that we as a culture or as a nation should follow, but when you begin to look at it, the obvious hits you smack in the face and the only reason is so that you place your trust in what they say and do.
    Having an opinion or educating yourself to the fallacies of their lies is not to be tolerated and they will do anything to stop it. Even pretending to have discussions about why we don’t trust the media. The scales have fallen off. God have mercy should we let them continue to fool us anymore.

  • Sentinel

    I distrust the media because it has somehow become an arm of the government (imo). No, they don’t ‘govern’ per se… but they do manage information and news and it almost always favors liberals and Demoncraps. So, they manage information and news and they look the other way or support the government and vice versa… unless of course a conservative reporter gets too close to the truth. Then the government is all up in their business. CRIMINALS.

  • lawngren

    Aside from the “alternate media”, there IS no media any more. It’s just one gigantic propaganda machine which relentlessly promotes islam, big gummint, nanny gummint, globalism, socialism … anything poisonous, that’s their bag.

  • Yazz55

    I just can’t understand why they think Americans distrust the mainstream media. Just because they create or delete or modify facts and spin everything out of context to present their socialist narrative

  • sickandtired

    We hate the media because they have failed us, deliberately.
    They do not report the news, they spin the news. They sold their souls for money and presumption of power.

    They were supposed to be the ones who kept government honest while the rest of us worked. As crooked and openly criminal our government is now shows us they haven’t done their job for an awful long time.

    Money, Money, Money…..they sell their souls for money!

  • Exodus2011

    Why is there media mistrust?

    because, on the whole, they do not objectively report the News, that’s why

    In a recent interview, Sarah Palin was asked:

    “LOPEZ: Will you ever stop referring to the “lamestream” media?

    PALIN: Sure, when they stop
    lamely applying double standards,
    lamely and lazily getting facts wrong when the facts run against their ideology, and
    lamely buying into and perpetuating stereotypes of conservatives.
    So, it’s entirely up to them.”

    The current state of the media is a danger to The Republic, IMV

  • USMC 64-68

    How many trusted the propaganda machine of Joseph Goebbles?
    Why would it be different for Dear Leader’s?

  • Laurel

    The current crop of the MSM is the biggest pack of manipulative liars to come along since the yellow journalism wars. The internet is becoming the great equalizer for people who know how to critically think.