Confidence in News Media Hits All-Time Low

By Mark Joyella 

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It would seem a life in TV news is both overrated and untrustworthy, at least according to two new surveys.

A Gallup poll released Wednesday shows Americans’ trust and confidence in the news media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32 percent saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media–a drop of -8 percentage points from last year.

Republicans have the least confidence in the media, with their trust collapsing to just 14 percent–down from 32 percent a year ago. That’s the lowest level for Republicans in 20 years, Gallup reports.

Adding insult to injury, a new CareerCast report lists “broadcaster” as one of the most overrated jobs in America, with a growth outlook of -9 percent. “For broadcasters, the attraction of appearing on television might bring some into the field initially, but the poor outlook, increasingly competitive marketplace and demands weed out many,” says CareerCast online content editor Kyle Kensing.