Nick seems to have caught onto a trend yesterday when he called shame on “mainstream reporters” for failing to ask President Obama tough questions. Gallup reports this morning that, “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.”
Interesting that in 2004 when an embattled incumbent was facing reelection, distrust in the media was on the upswing. Perhaps that increasing distrust helped prevent their general distaste for the incumbent from jeopardizing his reelection. Distrusting the media, independent voters were more like to take reporting with a grain of salt. This year, with distrust even higher, the challenger may benefit, given the general media distaste for Obama’s opponent.
Note the circled parts in the graph below:
Another graph shows Democrats are the only ones who trust the “mass media.” Fewer than one-third of independents and barely a quarter of Republicans have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the supposedly non-partisan purveyors of news:
Not just that, fewer people are paying attention to political news this year than in 2008. And here the partisan breakdown is interesting.
Noting that “48 percent of Republicans are following presidential politics closely, but only 39 percent of Democrats are“*, HotAir’s Erika Johnsen starts speculating:
So, in conjunction with yesterday’s study suggesting that only 15 percent of Democrats believe that recent economic news is mostly poor, and if Democrats are really leading Republicans in the enthusiasm contest… Help me out here, folks: Are the more committed members of the Democratic faithful just in straight-up denial? Kind of like, oh, maybe a media establishment that skews unabashedly liberal and is hell-bent on constantly jabbing the public with less-than-subtle suggestions that Romney-voters should be discouraged and that President Obama has this in the bag? Is reality no longer of any consequence?
*Interesting that those who distrust the media the most are following presidential politics the most closely.