Monday, September 14, 2009

Poll: Faith in Media at Lowest in 20 years

File this one under "obvious to everyone else". A Pew Research study shows that trust in the media is at a 20-year-low, with most Americans believing that the press does not get its facts straight or bother to be politically neutral in reporting.

I find it strange that as the media finds funds more and more scarce, they are NOT turning back toward restoring the faith of the public. Instead, news directors seem to be looking for ways to further erode public trust by relying more on news services, report uncorroborated facts, inserting editorials into news, and cross-promoting with various corporations. And yet, these kinds of actions are the reason people now trust a comedian (i.e. John Stewart) more than any of the major news anchors.

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