A new study out of Sweden has revealed that the majority of the Scandinavian nation’s residents believe that their mainstream media is lying flat-out about the scope and gravity of the refugee crisis and all the problems that unfettered mass migration brings.
According to Sweden’s Institute of Media Studies, which presented its finding during a Monday seminar, noted that the average Swede remains confident in the media at large. When it comes to matters related to immigration, however, more and more people are beginning to grow skeptical that they are receiving fair and balanced coverage.
A surprising 54 percent of respondents agreed with the statement: “The Swedish media doesn’t tell the truth about social problems associated with immigration.” On the flip side, just 27 percent claimed that they disagreed. Crime and health care coverage were also found to be either biased or unsatisfactory by a large portion of respondents.
The numbers break down even further against political lines, with the vast majority of respondents who support the populist Sweden Democrats (SD) party insisting that the media’s coverage on immigration issues is wrong. Supporters of the ruling Red-Green coalition were more likely to buy the media’s version of events hook line and sinker.
Among the problems with the mainstream media, argued Institute of Media Studies director Lars Truedson, is the fact that journalists are too obsessive about not disclosing “ethnic origin, nationality, occupation, political affiliation, religious beliefs or sexual orientation” when they do not pertain to a story, following ethic guidelines imposed on the press.
“A serious discussion is needed about the attitude of journalists and the media on immigration reported,” Truedson opined, suggesting that journalists have lost their credibility by obfuscating the true impact of the refugee crisis on Sweden in a misguided attempt to protect asylum seekers from persecution.