Study: Majority of Black and Hispanic Consumers Don’t Trust News Media

Well, here’s a shocker: According to a study by the Media Insight Project, a majority of Black and Hispanic consumers don’t trust the news media to portray them accurately. We wonder why that could be! Seems so strange.

The Associated Press reports that when asked if news reports on their communities was accurate, 75 percent of Black respondents said “moderately” or “not at all,” and 66 percent of Hispanics answered similarly.

Tia C. M. Tyree, a Howard University professor, told the AP that Blacks and Hispanics don’t trust the media because there’s never been a reason to. When the news constantly stereotypes them, it’s a problem. When only white males own networks, it’s a problem.

“Many will believe there is embedded racism in many of America’s systems: the media system, the legal system, the educational system,” Tyree told the AP. “Many will believe that minorities aren’t treated fairly in those systems, and because of that, any products that come out of it will be problematic.”

“It matters who the owners are, it matters who the producers are, it matters who the editors are, because that’s often the agenda or the slant of the media and the news coverage,” added Tyree.

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