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September 14, 2009

Trust in Media Accuracy at 20 Year Low

Sacre Bleu! Do these people not read Clark Hoyt?

543-1.gif The public’s assessment of the accuracy of news stories is now at its lowest level in more than two decades of Pew Research surveys, and Americans’ views of media bias and independence now match previous lows.

Just 29% of Americans say that news organizations generally get the facts straight, while 63% say that news stories are often inaccurate. In the initial survey in this series about the news media’s performance in 1985, 55% said news stories were accurate while 34% said they were inaccurate. That percentage had fallen sharply by the late 1990s and has remained low over the last decade.

Similarly, only about a quarter (26%) now say that news organizations are careful that their reporting is not politically biased, compared with 60% who say news organizations are politically biased. And the percentages saying that news organizations are independent of powerful people and organizations (20%) or are willing to admit their mistakes (21%) now also match all-time lows.

We do not know where these people deranged lunatics are getting such dangerous, unhinged ideas, but we are shocked... shocked, we tell you! that anyone would doubt the independence and impartiality of the American press.

Update: When playing "hide the ball" backfires.

Who knew?

Posted by Cassandra at September 14, 2009 08:56 AM

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We still have two ideologically-competing newspapers in town (the town I'm *not* living in, at present) -- the slightly-Left full-format paper and the slightly-Right tabloid.

The slightly-Right tabloid was an upstart, but because it focused on *news* and confined the ideology to the editorial pages, its circulation eventually outstripped the full-format paper, which often blatantly pandered to the Dems-In-Power everywhere except in the obits.

The full-format fishwrapper's Liberal (but realistic) editorial board dropped the front-page editorializing. The full-format paper managed to climb back up into the black, but is still trailing in readership -- and ad revenue.

DLS is that newspapers don't make money peddling papers, they make money by peddling advertising -- and the loss of advertising revenue is what's sending the NYT down the tubes.

Posted by: BillT at September 14, 2009 11:17 AM

The scales fell from my eyes many years ago, sometime in the 1980's.
It now seems that many people are starting to question the repeated memetics of the Networks, the major wire services, and the mainline newpapers around the country.

I blame talkradio, the internet and most especially, I blame Bush. Who else is left to blame? Oh yeah, Joe Wilson of SC (not Valerie Plames husband).

We know our job will be done when "Clark Hoyt" leaves the NY Times to "spend more time with his family". I wonder if Bob Woodward has the scoop on this one?

I wonder when foreign sourced newspapers will increase in sales over the "New York Times" and the "Washington Post"? Doing the jobs that Americans refuse to do.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at September 14, 2009 12:50 PM

We know our job will be done when "Clark Hoyt" leaves the NY Times to "spend more time with his family".

Ok. That made me snort coffee, Don :p

Posted by: Cassandra at September 14, 2009 01:04 PM

I still trust Mark Trail will do the sensible thing by unleashing his dual fists of righteousness against the common enemy of small woodland creatures: men with sideburns.

Other than that, pass the classifieds.

Posted by: spd rdr at September 14, 2009 02:30 PM

Hows about we go back to the 19th century? Papers were up front about which party they supported (and vice versa) and carried news. Even the 1890s livestock producers journal that I read for my research covered more foreign affairs and domestic monetary matters than my local (w/i 250 miles) fishwrap currently does.

Posted by: LittleRed1 at September 14, 2009 02:33 PM

Has the Lunocracy passed a fart tax on cows? Good Lord, these folks are nuts.

Posted by: Mark at September 14, 2009 02:38 PM

Mark Trail?

Boy, do I miss "Buzz Sawyer" and "Steve Canyon".

Fighting commie badness in the funny papers.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at September 14, 2009 04:31 PM

Trust in Media Accuracy at 20 Year Low

Thank Gaia for the Internets!!! ;-)

Posted by: camojack at September 15, 2009 01:32 AM