Public trust in media falls to historic low

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A new poll by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press shows that the public’s trust int he media has fallen to a historic low of just 29 percent:

The public’s assessment of the accuracy of news stories is now at its lowest level in more than two decades of Pew Research surveys, and Americans’ views of media bias and independence now match previous lows.

Just 29% of Americans say that news organizations generally get the facts straight, while 63% say that news stories are often inaccurate. In the initial survey in this series about the news media’s performance in 1985, 55% said news stories were accurate while 34% said they were inaccurate. That percentage had fallen sharply by the late 1990s and has remained low over the last decade.

[Continue reading Pew Survey]

Not surprisingly, Democratic respondents hold more favorable views of CNN, MSNBC and the New York Times, while Republicans were more likely to give favorable scores to FOX and the Wall Street Journal.

Independents view FOX and CNN more or less the same, while holding less favorable views of MSNBC. They are much less favorable toward coverage in the Times and the Journal, though they remain less ideologically driven than either Republicans or Democrats in their ratings.

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