You Can Fool 16% Of The People All Of The Time

There are two revelations in a just-released Pew Research Center study of the sources and credibility of the sources of news that Americans rely on.

The first is that 16% of Americans say they rely on the White House Task Force. The second is that half of those Americans who do rely on the task force believe it has been making much ado about nothing -- the highest level of cynicism of any group of Americans relying on any source of news about the pandemic.

This reaffirms what I've long believed: Even the President's most ardent supporters know it's just a badly produced reality TV farce, and not a genuine source of facts.



The problem is they're also incredibly cynical about genuine sources of facts, especially the news media's coverage. Whereas a majority of all other Americans believe the news media's coverage has largely been accurate, only 24% of those who rely on the White House task force believe that.

They're also the segment most prone to be aware of the bogus remedy the President has been promoting. No, not bleach, but hydroxychloroquine.

4 comments about "You Can Fool 16% Of The People All Of The Time".
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  1. Gerald Nanninga from Planninga from Nanninga, May 20, 2020 at 4:23 p.m.

    To me, the biggest news isn't about White House watchers. That result is to be expected. The big news is that only about half of everybody believes in the accuracy of the media. Even among those who go to the media first, about a third dont trust it. And since Trump supporters tend to be under-represented in surveys (becuse of their higher propensity to refuse to participate), the trust level in media overall is probably even lower.  Why bother to speak if half the people don't believe you?

  2. Paula Lynn from Who Else Unlimited replied, May 21, 2020 at 12:08 a.m.

    How Putinesque of you !

  3. David Scardino from TV & Film Content Development, May 21, 2020 at 9:54 a.m.

    Like the Trump presidency, a wonderful tribute to the American education system. We should be so proud!

  4. PJ Lehrer from NYU, May 23, 2020 at 10:20 a.m.

    Sadly you need to add the Fox News watchers to that 16%.  This is going to end very badly...

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