Trust in Mass Media: Not So Much

Happy Constitution Day! We are so lucky to live in the United States of America!

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Most folks learned about the constitution in school and know at least a couple amendments. Many people know about the freedom of speech and freedom of the press and the right to keep and bear arms.

Today Gallup released a new poll about the media.  It should cause those in that arena some concerns.

The release from Gallup came with the headline, “Trust in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low.”

The poll showed “Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report ‘the news fully, accurately, and fairly’ has returned to its previous all-time low of 40%.”

In the political world, Gallup found that Republicans’ trust in the media is at 27%, Democrats 54%, and Independents 38%.

Another interesting part of the Gallup poll was that 44% think the media is “too liberal” and 34% say the media are “just about right.” Only 19% say the media are too conservative.

I read several newspapers each morning around 5:00 a.m. and watch cable news. I try to catch the local news and I almost always watch the CBS Evening News. I also have a few websites bookmarked that I visit in the morning. I have way too many Google alerts and a killer RSS feed where I monitor several websites.

I don’t watch as much cable news as I once did. I watch Morning Joe on MSNBC and then The Daily Rundown. I watched Fox & Friends for several years, but it became so one-sided and silly that I switched to MSNBC. I have not watched the Fox News primetime shows in years.

When I read or watch a news story, I always check to see from which newspaper or cable news station it came. If it’s from the Washington Post or Washington Times it matters to me. If it’s airing on MSNBC or Fox News, it matters to me. Different newspapers and cable news stations tend to lean different ways.

That’s probably the main reason why the trust in the media is at an all-time low.

Gallup also reported, “Americans’ trust in mass media has generally been edging downward from higher levels in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.”

CNN started in 1980. Fox News started 1996, as did MSNBC. By the way, I still miss CNN Headline News.

Basic information gathering for news stories still matters in 2014. The “Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How” questions are still important – without the spin.

Source: Gallup Poll 09/17/14