Media distrust, Media skepticism

Document Type

Research Paper


Faith in the media is down across the board. A recent Gallop poll shows that 60% of people do not trust the media, including broadcast, print and online news sources, to report the news fairly, accurately and fully (Morales 2012). This poll, and other studies like it, also show that Republicans don’t trust the media with half the frequency Democrats do, with 58 percent of Democrats saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the news media, while only 28 percent of Republicans gave that response. This paper examines what role the media itself has in perpetuating the idea that the media is not to be trusted. If this is the case, there are significant consequences. Obviously, this could influence the opinion of the news media and lead to an under-informed populace, but more importantly, devoting news time to critiquing the media leaves little time to covering major issues.



Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Mass media and public opinion--United States; Mass media--Objectivity--United States


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United States









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