Only 23 Percent of Americans have Confidence in the Media


The media is like drugs, most people claim they don’t like it and don’t use it, but you can still see the track marks on their arms and the talking points in their conversations.

The percentage of Americans saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers dropped to 23 percent this year from 25 percent last year, according to a report on the poll, which was released Monday.

American confidence in newspapers reached its peak at 51 percent in 1979, and a low of 22 percent in 2008.

But newspapers don’t stand alone. Confidence in television news has also been slipping — it’s tied with newspapers this year at 23 percent, which is slightly up from last year’s all-time low of 21 percent. Newspapers and television news rank near the bottom of a list of 16 “societal institutions,” according to the report. The only institutions television news and newspapers beat out this year are big business, organized labor, health maintenance organizations and Congress. Americans expressed the most confidence in the military, at 76 percent, and small businesses, at 65 percent.

The media could take responsibility for the situation… Or blame the Internet,

Gallup attributed the drop in confidence to a number of factors, including a growth in social networking websites and an online audience that left news outlets struggling to find their place.

“Americans’ confidence in newspapers and television news has been slowly eroding for many years, worsening further since 2007,” the report says. “By that point, newspapers and television news had been struggling for years to figure out how to adjust their strategy for a growing Internet audience.“

If the issue were viewership then the Internet might be to blame, but this is about confidence. The only way to blame the Internet for that is because the web has shown that it is better at reporting and fact checking than the New York Times.

  • DeShawn

    Bad news for the Zionist jews who control the mainstream media. More and more of the “goys,” as they call us, are getting our accurate news from the internet. Jewish crime is being exposed more and more every day. I urge any non-jew who is reading this, black, white, Latino, etc., to visit the website of David Duke and learn about the jewish supremacist threat to America.

    • unionville

      Please tell me your a leftwing Soro’s puppet sent here to try and find anti-semites amongst the conservatives. If so, you really need to stay over on the leftwing sites as the only anti-semites that come here and post are generally leftwingers too.

      • OfficialPro

        despawn is a caricature of a black man, considering he’d take the word of a man, David Duke, who says nasty false things about BLACK people, but somehow he’s telling the truth about Jews…? I know, it doesn’t make any sense to me, either.

        • UCSPanther

          A lot of white trash scumbags like to troll by behaving that way. You can spot them from a mile a way because of the sheer amount of idiocy they exhibit.

    • OfficialPro

      oh hi despawn. You’re back again so soon? Tell yo mamma she didn’t beat yo ass enough for talking trash about jews. Or if she taught you since you were knee high to a grasshopper to trashtalk Jews, HER momma didn’t beat her ass enough.

      Alice Walker married a Jew, a civil rights attorney. You know, the lady that wrote The Color Purple? Why would so many Jews be civil rights attorneys if they were out to get The Black Man? No man they keepin it real.

      David Duke? LOL REALLY? You’re taking the word of a freaking KKK member, who would drive shoot your black ass from here to Brooklyn? Just consider for a moment the fact that all the nasty things David Duke says about Jews, and then consider what he says about BLACK PEOPLE. Is what he says about Black People true? No? THEN WHY WOULD YOU BELIEVE WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT JEWS?! Any black man who takes the word of a KKK member like Duke is a freaking race traitor, for realz.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Bad news for the Zionist jews who control the mainstream media.”

      The mainstream media is radically biased against Israel. Those are some strange, wily “Zionists.”

    • UCSPanther

      You come here peddling David Duke’s propaganda? You must have stew for brains for you obviously believe everything that narcissistic con artist (who served a year in prison for defrauding his own followers BTW) says…

    • DogmaelJones1

      Who left the door open to let you in? You write like a KKK cracker.

    • OfficialPro

      And you claim that you’re BLACK?! You’re a disgrace to black people everywhere if you are a black man that believes something a very famous, very high profile KU KLUX KLAN MEMBER says about Jews! Earth to Despawn, if you can’t believe what the KKK says about black people, chances are they’re not keeping it real about the Jews, either.

  • unionville

    I never listen to national news stations anymore unless I want to find out what load of junk liberals, i.e. Obama and company, are trying to get me to believe. But I do have confidence in two of the local stations in my city as they tend to report all the news without any discernable bias.