Gallup just released a poll that shows America’s distrust of media is yet again at an all time high. Sixty percent of those surveyed said that they have little or no trust in the media to report news fully, accurately and fairly. Most of those critical of the media identified as republicans. Conversely, and not surprisingly, those most trusting of the media identified as democrats. Here’s Gallup:
After registering slightly higher trust last year, 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%. Americans’ trust in mass media has generally been edging downward from higher levels in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.
Prior to 2004, Americans placed more trust in mass media than they do now, with slim majorities saying they had a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust. But over the course of former President George W. Bush’s re-election season, the level of trust fell significantly, from 54% in 2003 to 44% in 2004. Although trust levels rebounded to 50% in 2005, they have failed to reach a full majority since.
Americans’ trust in the media in recent years has dropped slightly in election years, including 2008, 2010, 2012, and again this year — only to edge its way back up again in the following odd-numbered years. Although the differences between the drops and the recoveries are not large, they suggest that something about national elections triggers skepticism about the accuracy of the news media’s reporting.
Trust among Democrats, who have traditionally expressed much higher levels of confidence in the media than Republicans have, dropped to a 14-year low of 54% in 2014. Republicans’ trust in the media is at 27%, one percentage point above their all-time low, while independents held steady at 38% — up one point from 37% in 2013.
All this poll really shows is that Americans don’t “trust” the opposing teams’ respective media networks of choice. 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.