Most U.S. adults, including more than 9 in 10 Republicans, say they personally have lost trust in the news media in recent years. At the same time, 69 percent of those who have lost trust say that trust can be restored⏤the biggest criticisms were lack of accuracy and bias. 7 out of 10 U.S. adults say their trust in the news media has decreased in the past decade.

Surprise! A major poll from Gallup and the Knight Foundation confirms that Americans don’t trust the press⏤Imagine that!

The MEDIA is only one part of the story. The people with the most extreme viewpoints get the attention. Call it clickbait and raging headlines of filth and untruth. And then we have the rise of these extremist groups, or as they need to be called⏤domestic terrorist groups⏤Antifa to White Supremacy thugs that are creating lawless cities⏤as political hacks once called mayors allow the crime to run rampant.

Are some of these extremist voices using Covert Action and Covert Influence operations as a political and media influence tool leading up to the 2020 election? Del Wilber is a former CIA and Department of Defense Intelligence and Counterterrorism Officer– with a focus on technical and human intelligence collection activities. Dr. Joni E. Johnston is a licensed clinical/forensic psychology and licensed private investigator and a new show host at America Out Loud.

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