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Opinion Why do people believe the ‘big lie’? Because Americans don’t trust the media.

In 1977, Gallup found 72 percent of Americans had a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the news media. Just 16 percent of U.S. adults say they have “a great deal’s or quite a lot’ of confidence in newspapers, 11 percent in TV news. Ari Fleischer: Public trust is crumbling, in large part because of a growing perception of media bias. He says a 55 percent majority of journalists disagree with equal coverage of all sides of an issue. Fleischer says younger journalists think their job is to be subjective, and that their side, particularly on social issues, is the only right side.

Ruben Navarrette: Many in the media pushed the Steele dossier and the Wuhan lab-leak theory. He says the hearings are as much an indictment of the media as they are of the former president. Many people see journalists reporting on Trump’s false claims like the boy who cried wolf: They had issued so many false reports that when a wolf finally came, no one believed them.