Media News - Friday, October 05, 2012
Distrust of news media among Americans has reached a new high, according to a recent Gallup survey. Sixty percent of Americans said they have little or no trust in media outlets to report the news fairly an accurately, the survey found. Gallup also noted negative feelings - which tend to accentuate during presidential election cycles - have reached an all-time high for an election year. In contrast, people who trusted the media “a great deal” or “a fair amount” represented 40 percent of participants, a far cry from the 72 percent trust in media reached at some point in the 1970s, Gallup noted. Differences in levels of trust in the media seem to have followed political lines. Democrat participants were more likely to trust news coverage while their Republican counterparts were more distrustful and “especially critical of election coverage,” Gallup found. The results also suggest independents are unhappy with the coverage of the presidential election. Trust in the media has been gradually declining according to previous Gallup reports, and it has changed drastically since the times of much-admired TV broadcasters like Walter Cronkite, The Christian Science Monitor said. (Knight Center)
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