Considering who the media elected, seems people are waking up.
"News Media Receives an "F-" in New Pew Research Poll
September 14, 2009 by
Source Associated Content
"Fewer Than One-Third of Americans Trust Mainstream Press
A recent poll by the Pew Research Center highlights a growing lack of trust by the public in modern press. From ethics in reporting and journalism, to unbiased coverage of events, all major outlets have received a failing score this year from the American public.
In 1985, over half of Americans placed their trust in mainstream media sources saying they often get the facts right. The Pew poll for the year 2009 demonstrates a significant decline in trust over the past 24 years and reflects a growing skepticism of news organizations.
In the poll, a mere 29 percent of American's think the mainstream press reports news stories accurately. Only 18 percent believe that both sides of an issue are represented equally.
The poll shows a drop by more than 25 percent in Americans' perception that news organizations possess journalistic integrity and reporting quality.
Using slogans such as, "The Most Trusted Name In News" (CNN), and "Fair And Balanced" (FOX), the companies have now been called out by the public as demonstrating major biases, according to the Pew poll. Sixty percent of those polled suggested that the organizations are politically biased, while 74 percent felt coverage was influenced by powerful people and organizations.
Adding to the poor grade by the public, 70 percent believe that news organizations actively worked to cover up the factual mistakes in their reporting instead of correcting them.
Additionally, the poll reflected that views of increasing partisanship within news media has skyrocketed. Sixty percent feel that coverage is politically biased, versus only 45 percent just two-and-a-half decades ago.
Newspapers, television and network news have all slumped, showing a drop of more than 20% since 1985 in favor among those who chose them for source of news information."