USA Today reported, "Last June, 60% in a USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll described Floyd's death as murder; that percentage has now dropped by double digits to 36%. Uncertainty has grown about how to characterize the incident, caught on video, when Chauvin held his knee on Floyd's neck and ignored his protests that he couldn't breathe. Last year, 4% said they didn't know how to describe it; that number has climbed to 17%."
Uncertainty is not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it comes to mob justice. Floyd's death launched a summer of riots that did a half-billion-dollars in damage to businesses in Minneapolis, and the multi-million-dollar destruction of a used car lot in Kenova, Wisconsin. The owner later committed suicide.
The press characterized the riots as "mostly peaceful protests," when in fact the daytime demonstrations were a cover for nighttime violence.
The press lost its grip on reality and is now losing grip with its readers and viewers.
USA Today said, "Last June, amid accusations of systemic racism in law enforcement, 60% of Americans expressed trust in the Black Lives Matter movement to promote justice and equal treatment of people, compared with 56% who trusted local police to do that.
"Now, however, attitudes have shifted significantly. Trust in Black Lives Matter has fallen to 50%; trust in local police and law enforcement has risen to 69%."
Why would anyone trust Black Lives Matter? What is BLM? Who runs it? Who funds it?
We know who the local police are. We set its budget. We appoint the police commissioner. If an officer shoots someone, we investigate. This is why Chauvin will stand trial for Floyd's death.
The reason "attitudes have shifted significantly" is that the press story did not hold up.
I suspect polls on what the press calls an Armed Insurrection at the Capitol, too, have shifted significantly.
Glenn Greenwald wrote, "What we know for sure is that no Trump supporter fired any weapon inside the Capitol and that the FBI seized a grand total of zero firearms from those it arrested that day — a rather odd state of affairs for an 'armed insurrection,' to put that mildly. In questioning from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Thursday’s hearing, a senior FBI official, Jill Sanborn, acknowledged this key fact."
In reply to her remarks, he noted, "The 'one lady' who died referred to by this FBI official was Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed Trump supporter who was killed when she was shot point blank in the neck inside the Capitol on January 6 by an armed Capitol Police Officer."
Babbitt was one of four protesters who died in the storming of the Capitol. A Capitol Police officer did die of unknown causes (or rather, an undisclosed cause). The New York Times lied when it said a protester hit him with a fire extinguisher.
The press stopped caring about its credibility at least a decade ago.
The people now have stopped caring about the press.
That is not the outcome I should want, but it is the outcome that makes the most sense. Why believe propaganda?