Media credibility in collapse: Less than one-fourth of Americans trust newspapers
by: J. D. Heyes
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Trust in America’s mainstream media is continuing its downward cycle, falling to new lows in recent years as major newspapers lose more and more credibility.
According to a recent Gallup survey, “Americans’ confidence in newspapers fell slightly to 23 percent this year, from 25 percent in 2012 and 28 percent in 2011.” The previous recorded low was 22 percent in 2007, so clearly the trend has begun another downward slide. What’s more, newspapers rank right down there with other notable U.S. institutions – like Congress. Per Gallup:
Newspapers rank near the bottom on a list of 16 societal institutions Gallup measured in a June 1-4 survey. Television news is tied with newspapers on the list, with 23 percent of Americans also expressing confidence in it. That is up slightly from the all-time low of 21 percent found last year. The only institutions television news and newspapers beat out this year are big business, organized labor, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), and Congress.
Confidence in the press falling, falling, falling…