Distrust

A very interesting poll result from Gallup:

Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004.

The poll finds that 31% of independents and 26% of Republicans trust the media, compared with 58% of Democrats. The poll also finds that Republicans and independents, despite distrusting the media, pay much closer attention (48% and 39%) than do Democrats (33%).

It would be interesting if there were a way to tease out cause and effect. Do Republicans and independents come to distrust the media because they also listen to alternative sources that show how bad it is? Or is it that people who believe the media’s pro-Democrat line naturally become Democrats? I can see a role for both.

(Via Newsbusters.)

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