American terrorism fears eclipsed by shocking new threat in recent poll


America and her people have found themselves in quite the pickle in 2019, and not for the reasons that one might think.

We are a nation torn asunder by the mainstream media’s divisive rhetoric, which is concocted in entertainment-industry studios in order to draw us in, and get our eyes on the commercials that come between every well timed Chris Cuomo cliffhanger.  Conflict breeds emotion, emotion breeds attention, and the next thing you know you’re waiting through yet another Geico commercial just in order to get angrier at your television after the break.

It’s a cycle that is not only dangerous, but foolish, simply for the fact that the mainstream media controls so much of how we feel about they themselves.

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According to a new poll, however, Americans may be having a bit of an awakening regarding the subject.

Americans view made-up news and information as a bigger problem than other critical issues, including terrorism, immigration, climate change and racism, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center.

Why it matters: The survey finds that Americans feel more worried today about fake news because it’s undermining their trust in key institutions, like government and the media.

The only issues that rank higher than made-up news and information as “very big problems in the country today” are drug addiction, the affordability of health care, the U.S. political system, and the income gap.

By the numbers: An overwhelming majority of Americans (68%) believe made-up news and information has a big impact on their trust in government, according to the survey.

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    More than half (54%) of Americans say it impacts their confidence in other Americans.

  • More than half (51%) say it impacts the ability of political leaders to get work done.

If the polling numbers are a wide representation of the American sentiment, that could be good news for the nation as a whole.

We need Americans to break the media’s fourth wall in 2019, and realize that where they get their “news” from is little more than a conduit for corporate cash.  And, given the competition between the networks, exaggeration and anger are the only ways to keep eyes on the prize.

 

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