The mainstream media is in a panic as they’re realizing, more and more, that the banner of trustworthy, objective news reporting no longer flies over them in the minds of many Americans. That fear was on full display with MSNBC’s Katy Tur and Hollywood director Rob Reiner as they desperately discussed why Americans don’t trust them — while simultaneously grossly stereotyping and mischaracterizing Trump supporters.
It should have been obvious to them why.
During a Wednesday “MSNBC Live” show, as posted by the Media Research Center, Tur seemed absolutely beside herself that Trump supporters at a rally would chant “CNN sucks!” at reporter Jim Acosta during a CNN broadcast of the event.
Without mentioning that it was just a portion of the crowd chanting, as noted by Tampa Bay Times journalist Emily L. Mahoney, Tur retorted, “I would say the President's supporters attacking the media was unbelievable, but it is not. It is constant and has been since 2016. The President hasn't said a word to his supporters to tell them to cool off, to chill out, to calm down.”
“I asked somebody in the campaign, I guess it’s about a year and a half ago now...I said does the president care, if one of us, one of the journalists got hurt? Does the President care? Would the President care?” she continued.
She made no mention of Trump supporters being attacked by Antifa members and others throughout the campaign — and Trump’s presidency. She didn’t mention multiple reports of Trump supporters wearing “Make America Great Again” hats being physically assaulted. She didn’t mention Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) demanding that Democrats harass people in the Trump administration. She didn’t mention Trump officials and GOP congressmen being shouted out of restaurants.
Her omissions seemed to pair well with the flabbergasting remark Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hi.) made on Tuesday that, “We have no equivalent to the dark carnival that is a trump rally. This is not a thing on the left. We just argue about health care and climate and sometimes relitigate 2016 but we are not actually out of our minds.”
“When you don't like the answer, you'll boo the messenger, which is what we saw happen to Jim Acosta last night. People don't want to hear the facts about the President it seems, or at least Donald Trump supporters don't want to hear the facts. A lot of them tune us out, won’t believe a single thing that we say,” Tur insisted, vastly stereotyping Trump supporters.
“They believe what he says over us, which is, you know, propaganda when you don’t have somebody to push back or fact-check or correct the spin. Or they’ll believe their friends and family. But they're not going to believe the media, even if the media is comporting with what they're seeing with their own eyes,” Tur said, doing it again, and this time suggesting that Trump supporters have no way of checking facts without the mainstream media’s help.
She continued, “Donald Trump ran on this…. He said that, you know, the media doesn't represent regular people. Hollywood doesn’t represent regular people. We are completely out of touch with regular people, and it worked to his advantage.”
Here’s one reason why: 39% of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance. Another 15% are in the middle, according to a recent Pew Research poll. However, 91% of mainstream media’s reporting on Trump is negative, according to a study by the Media Research Center.
Perhaps the people did not leave the mainstream media as much as the mainstream media left the people.
The media’s left-leaning bias is clear to many Americans. The same can be said of Hollywood. Americans, especially conservatives, perceive Hollywood as highly liberal (Here’s a study to back that up, if you actually need it). That perception is based off the proliferation of liberal messages inserted into movies and TV shows as well as the very vocal, very anti-Trump exclamations of well-known celebrities.
If Tur and Reiner are good examples, the mainstream media and Hollywood still haven’t figured out that more objective, less seething coverage and depictions of Trump and conservatism will help them bring back their audiences — if it’s not too late already.
“You just have to keep pounding away. There's nothing else you can do,” Reiner insisted.