If you trust journalists and what you hear and read in the daily news media, you’re among a distinct minority.
Recent surveys reveal that journalism has fallen on hard times when it comes to public trust. In Great Britain, famous for scandalous tabloids, a recent poll revealed that less than one in five Brits trust journalists there to tell the truth.
American journalism fares only slightly better. A recent Gallup poll found that only 45 percent of Americans trust the media, while an Axios poll found that 72 percent of Americans believe that traditional news media “report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading.”
It’s easy to see why trust is so low. We live in an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts.” Most journalists working today were not only raised in a secular, postmodern culture, but trained in academic programs that were skeptical about the notion of absolute truth in the first place, and antagonistic toward classical norms and Christian values.
And yet, despite these ideological foundations and about three decades running in which the very notion of truth has been questioned, news media outlets and prominent journalists have spent the Trump administration proclaiming themselves neutral defenders of the truth. Much of America isn’t buying it. Or, as a Babylon Bee headline put it, “Culture in which all truth is relative suddenly concerned about fake news.”
The current lack of trust in our news media is a huge problem. America’s Founding Fathers knew that a free and unfettered press was vital to a healthy democracy, to keep the government honest and in check. That’s why freedom of speech and freedom of the press is found in the First Amendment, right alongside the freedom of religion.
Given all this, what can a Christian to do?
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Source: Christian Headlines