Americans’ distrust of the national news media continues, according to a recent study published by Gallup and the Knight Foundation.
The results show that half of Americans believe national news organizations intend to mislead, misinform or “persuade the public to adopt a particular point of view through their reporting,” says ABC News.
It was part of a survey released Wednesday, which polled 5,593 Americans aged 18 and older from May 31 to July 21, 2022.
Among other things, they asked if participants believed “that national news organizations do not intend to mislead,” with 50% disagreeing and only 25% agreeing.
Similarly, 52% disagreed with a statement that disseminators of national news “care about the best interests of their readers, viewers and listeners.”
Only 23% of participants believed journalists acted in the public’s best interests.
“That was pretty striking for us,” said Sarah Fioroni, a consultant for Gallup. The findings showed a depth of distrust and bad feeling that go beyond the foundations and processes of journalism, she said.
Due to this, the study recommended that journalists emphasize transparency and accuracy and show the impact of their reporting on the public.
“Americans don’t seem to think that the national news organizations care about the overall impact of their reporting on the society,” said John Sands, Knight’s senior director for media and democracy.
Other findings from the report concluded that people have slightly more trust in local journalism than in national news sources, and Democrats trust the news more than Republicans.
Additionally, 61% of Americans believe that the quick pace of the news cycle and an increased number of news sources actually make it harder to stay informed, not easier.
58% said they got their news online, 31% said television, 7% said radio and 3% mentioned printed newspapers or magazines.
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