CHICAGO - Maybe it's not so much what news is covered, it's what is not covered that has caused confidence in media to dip to its lowest levels ever. A Gallup poll in early June showed that Americans simply don't trust the media anymore than they do the neighborhood gossip. The Daily Signal reports:
Confidence in American newspapers has fallen to less than half of what it used to be at its apex. In 1979, 51 percent of Americans placed their confidence in print institutions, but today only 22 percent express confidence in newspapers.
While news sites have reached newfound prominence on the Internet, their confidence ratings continue to lag behind. Internet news sources garnered 22 percent of American’s confidence in 1999 at Gallup’s only previous measure. Fifteen years later, confidence remains anemic at 19 percent.
Behind these figures, Geoffrey Lysaught sees failed responsibility. The Heritage Foundation group vice president for strategic communications explained “there is nothing more important to the defense of liberty than high-quality journalism.”
According to Lysaught, these numbers are indicative of the contemporary media’s practice of allowing opinion and bias to supplant facts and evidence in their reports. “The American people are smart and they know when news media are advocating as opposed to educating.”
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