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Trust in Media at an All-Time Low
« on: June 21, 2014, 03:13:53 PM »

Trust in Media at an All-Time Low

Posted By Philip Hodges on Jun 21, 2014 | 8 Comments


A new Gallup poll showed that more Americans distrust the media now than at any other time since Gallup started keeping track of it in 1993:

Americans’ faith in each of three major news media platforms — television news, newspapers, and news on the Internet — is at or tied with record lows in Gallup’s long-standing confidence in institutions trend. This continues a decades-long decline in the share of Americans saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers or TV news, while trust in Internet news remains low since the one prior measure in 1999.

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Confidence in newspapers has declined by more than half since its 1979 peak of 51%, while TV news has seen confidence ebb from its high of 46% in 1993, the first year that Gallup asked this question. Gallup’s only previous measure of Internet news was in 1999, when confidence was 21%, little different from today.

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While liberals are more likely to have confidence in newspapers than conservatives, conservatives are slightly more likely to express confidence in TV news (19%) than liberals (15%). For liberals, this 2014 reading represents an 11-percentage-point decline from 2013.
 



Most of those people responding to the survey had their own definitions of media.

A conservative who says he doesn’t trust the media is more than likely thinking of the “liberal” media, like MSNBC. He may not even view networks like Fox as being a part of the mainstream media. I’ve even heard Sean Hannity say on his radio show that he’s a part of the “conservative underground,” the “alternative” media. As if he’s not a part of the media at all.

The conservative hosts think they’re the ones trying to respond to the big, bad “mainstream media.” So, when conservatives were asked about their trust in media, they were thinking of the more liberal networks and newspapers, not the ones they happen to agree with.

And it was probably the same with the liberals who were surveyed. They were thinking of Fox when they told the pollster that they did not trust the media at all. They probably don’t really think of liberal networks as being part of “The Media.” Fox News is the media to liberals, and networks like MSNBC are only trying to respond to all the lies from the “right-wing” media.

All this poll really shows is that Americans hate the opposing teams’ respective media networks of choice more than they ever have before. People will still trust the networks and newspapers they agree with.

What many liberals and conservatives don’t realize is that they’re all a part of the media, and they’re all businesses looking to profit from wealthy advertisers. I don’t care if it’s Fox News or MSNBC; Sean Hannity or Chris Matthews; The Washington Post or The Washington Times. They’re all looking to make as much money as possible, and the amount of money they make is dependent on how many people they have watching their show, listening to their show, or reading their paper. This is why they have to make the “news” as shocking as possible and why they hire info-babes to read teleprompters. It keeps people hooked. This is also why no one should trust the media at all.

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Re: Trust in Media at an All-Time Low
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2014, 09:53:42 PM »
I don't trust most of 'em, and even the ones I do I take with a grain of salt.

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Re: Trust in Media at an All-Time Low
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2014, 09:42:15 AM »
I don't trust most of 'em, and even the ones I do I take with a grain of salt.

You CAN'T be referring to either Chris Matthews or Al Sharpton@ :silly:
Abraham Lincoln:

There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
--January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these
great and true principles.
--August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan

Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.
--July 10, 1858 Speech at Chicago

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Re: Trust in Media at an All-Time Low
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2014, 08:40:46 PM »
The problem I have with the media is that it's all opinion these days. It doesn't matter which side or which format - we're getting opinions, not facts.

I don't think we have any real news shows these days - we have opinion shows that cover the news from their own viewpoint. You can't get just the facts anywhere. Fox is somewhat "fair and balanced" because it has a range of opinions - from liberal to moderate (whatever that is) to various flavors of tea party. If you watch that channel all day, you will see all sides of an issue, but there's no one show that gives just the facts. The other tv channels just go from left to far left.

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Re: Trust in Media at an All-Time Low
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2014, 08:56:00 PM »
The problem I have with the media is that it's all opinion these days. It doesn't matter which side or which format - we're getting opinions, not facts.

I don't think we have any real news shows these days - we have opinion shows that cover the news from their own viewpoint. You can't get just the facts anywhere. Fox is somewhat "fair and balanced" because it has a range of opinions - from liberal to moderate (whatever that is) to various flavors of tea party. If you watch that channel all day, you will see all sides of an issue, but there's no one show that gives just the facts. The other tv channels just go from left to far left.

The first 40 minutes of Special Report on Fox is basically the only real news on TV.
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Re: Trust in Media at an All-Time Low
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2014, 08:58:57 PM »
The first 40 minutes of Special Report on Fox is basically the only real news on TV.

Yes, I thought of that one. But the last 20 minutes are opinion, so not many libs will tune in to any of it.

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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2014, 09:18:16 PM »
Yes, I thought of that one. But the last 20 minutes are opinion, so not many libs will tune in to any of it.

True enough.

They've also been brainwashed to believe anything they see on Fox is just right-wing propaganda, so they wouldn't believe the straight news even if they saw it.
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Re: Trust in Media at an All-Time Low
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2014, 09:20:43 PM »
You CAN'T be referring to either Chris Matthews or Al Sharpton@ :silly:

Hee-hee!  :silly:

The one I give the most credence to is the Wall Street Journal, but I find I still have to look out for the token lib they waste some newsprint on from time to time.


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