File under Reap What Ye Sow:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ trust in the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly has edged down four percentage points since last year to 36%, making this year’s reading the second lowest in Gallup’s trend.
In all, 7% of U.S. adults say they have “a great deal” and 29% “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in newspapers, television and radio news reporting — which, combined, is four points above the 32% record low in 2016, amid the divisive presidential election campaign between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In addition, 29% of the public currently registers “not very much” trust and 34% have “none at all.”
Axios’ morning email thingie summarizes thusly:
Trust in media hits pre-Trump low
Gallup polling finds trust in news media is down to 36%, four points above the record low in 2016, amid the divisive presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
- Look at this party breakdown of media trust: 68% of Democrats … 31% of independents … 11% of Republicans.
Trust has fallen in half since the Nixon era. Gallup polling between 1972 and 1976 found 68% to 72% of Americans trusted mass media.
Frankly, I’m amazed that it is that high, as we have very little actual journalism but mega-merde ton of punditry passed off as journalism, with the rictus grin of Upchuck Todd as the cherry on top, declaring that the spice must flow.
Our Failed Political Press ™ is the topic at Mike’s Blog Round-Up this morning and it is worth the time to see what my blogging betters have to say.