Americans might not be able to agree on the best condiment (ketchup); which way to vote (liberal); or what Outkast album was the best (Atliens), but we do apparently all concur on one thing: News media is mostly garbage. According to a new Gallup Poll, which measured confidence in the news media, Americans’ confidence “is at or tied with record lows.”
The survey of 1,027 adults found that the percentage of people who have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers or television news has dropped to 22 and 19 percent, respectively. That’s down from only 23 percent for each last year. People don’t like online news sources either. Confidence in Internet news media has remained flat — at about 18 percent — for several years.
Things are so bad that even Gallup couldn’t manage to find a silver lining amongst all the clouds. “How these platforms can restore confidence with the American public is not clear, especially as editorial standards change and most outlets lack the broad reach once available to major newspapers and broadcasters,” reported the site.