What a shock, the American public have no confidence in the MSM, say it isn’t so. You mean the American people might actually think the MSM has an agenda rather than just reporting the news in a fair and balanced way? Only 25% of Americans say they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers or TV news. A media that is supposed to be a watch dog for “We the People” with regards to government, has merely been the water carriers for those that agree with their liberal agenda.
When the MSM refuses to cover stories like Van Jones, Obama “green jobs” czar and the controversy surrounding him until Jones resigns, “We the People” have a problem. When the MSM refuses to ask an President, or a candidate for that fact tough questions because they are carrying the water for him and want him elected, “We the People” should have a major problem.
Americans continue to express near-record-low confidence in newspapers and television news — with no more than 25% of Americans saying they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in either. These views have hardly budged since falling more than 10 percentage points from 2003-2007.
The findings are from Gallup’s annual Confidence in Institutions survey, which found the military faring best and Congress faring worst of 16 institutions tested. Americans’ confidence in newspapers and television news is on par with Americans’ lackluster confidence in banks and slightly better than their dismal rating of Health Management Organizations and big business.
No matter the cause, it is clear the media as a whole are not gaining new fans as they struggle to serve and compete with growing demand for online news, social media, and mobile platforms. The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism’s annual report on the State of the News Media, released in March, found for a third straight year, only digital and cable news sources growing in popularity, while network news, local news, and newspaper audiences shrink. These findings align with a similar 2008 Gallup poll that found cable and Internet news sources growing in popularity while all others held steady or declined.