It’s about time… From Gallup:
Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004.
The record distrust in the media, based on a survey conducted Sept. 6-9, 2012, also means that negativity toward the media is at an all-time high for a presidential election year. This reflects the continuation of a pattern in which negativity increases every election year compared with the year prior. The current gap between negative and positive views — 20 percentage points — is by far the highest Gallup has recorded since it began regularly asking the question in the 1990s. Trust in the media was much higher, and more positive than negative, in the years prior to 2004 — as high as 72% when Gallup asked this question three times in the 1970s.
Look at the “trust a great deal/fair amount” numbers too. Encouraging.
The stats broken down by party membership are even more interesting.
What I find most disturbing is how much the left continues to trust the media, with 58% saying they trust the media a “great deal” or a “fair amount. Compare that to Republicans’ ~28%.
Don’t get me wrong. I hate both parties on 99% of issues. This year I switched to GOP to vote for Ron Paul in MD. I doubt I’ll ever vote mainstream again, unless there’s a drastic change in the parties.
When I think about it, though, I suppose it really shouldn’t be surprising. Given that every recent so-called “humanitarian” war has been so easily peddled to both neo-libs and neo-cons alike, who are we to stop it? Isn’t one of these parties supposed to be anti-war?
If you’re still skeptical that the MSM has an agenda, get some popcorn and watch the greatest clip in Daily Show history:
There’s more data and charts at Gallup.com.