Half of Americans Distrust Mass Media News


As if something to be excited about, a Gallup poll shows half of Americans trust mass media news organizations to report fully, accurately and fairly. And that's up from previous years. Back in 1976 when news was news rather than entertainment, 72 percent trusted news organizations. Today, it's just a circus of talking heads spewing nonsense, sensationalizing things or relentless teasing for the most minuscule of stories that run during the last minute of the broadcast. Where's Walter when you need him?

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-05   Click to Comment   
Topic: Research, Television   

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Consider two things. The 2004 poll was in the middle of a harsh election season that included Rathergate and Sinclair's shenanigans. The 2005 poll was taken a week and a half after Katrina.

So yeah, nothing to see here folks.

Posted by: Dan M on September 27, 2005 1:40 PM

I don't know about that. They've certainly hit the nail of *my* opinion on the head.

I wish someone would accept the simple fact that there ain't 24 hours of news worth telling on this planet. If they were to fill that time with about 22 hours worth of good human interest stories, that would be something else. But news? Nope.

Posted by: Pam Gitta on September 27, 2005 9:36 PM

Half of Americans can't spell Mas Media News.


Posted by: rgb on September 28, 2005 9:56 AM