Please note the inclusion of this post in the “Random Thoughts” category. Last night, I caught links on Instapundit and Memeorandum to a Gallup survey showing that Americans’ Confidence in Television News Drops to New Low.
What struck me was not the headline number, but a chart just below showing that “25% of adults who express a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in newspapers is down slightly from 28% last year. Confidence in newspapers is now half of what it was at its peak of 51% in 1979.” Note the area I circled in read showing when confidence in newspapers experienced its steepest drop.
“This year’s updates”, observes Gallup’s Lyman Morales
. . . mark a setback from last year for both television news and newspapers, when Americans appeared to be regaining some confidence in these institutions, though they are more in line with 2007-2010 readings.
Could it be that people see the coverage of the presidential campaign as skewed?
Looking at the numbers, Ace asks:
Is there any other industry that has fared as poorly as the media these last 20 years? Can you think of an entire industry (well, not entire, but you know, 90%) so discredited and exposed as fundamentally corrupt and dishonest over this timeframe?
NB: Americans’ confidence in newspapers declined steadily during George W. Bush’s term in office. Was that due to the rise of the Internet or the decline of objectivity?