Poll: News Media’s Credibility Plunges To New Low

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com

I want to highlight this AP article below because it is why I started USAWatchdog.com.  I do not think people are getting the whole story, especially when it comes to the economy.  Things are much worse than what is being reported, and it is going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better.    I know that is not what you are hearing in the mainstream media.   Maybe the press, as a whole, is just not brave enough to put out the real story.  Some journalists are doing good reporting, but often their stories are down played or are accused of spreading unfounded doom and gloom for telling the truth.   Maybe corporate America, which owns most of the mainstream media, is subtly distorting the news to make things look better than they really are.   The mainstream media completely missed the  financial meltdown and covered it like some unforseen event.  There were plenty of signs we were headed for trouble and no one wanted to report on them except a few people.  Here is what I said on CNN  in March 2008.

I wrote an article called “The Soft Truth” when this site first launched three weeks ago.  In it, I described how the media doesn’t really lie to you, it just does not tell you the whole story.  I know the editorial and legal side of the news media because  I worked for ABC and CNN for 9 years as an investigative reporter.  I didn’t get a story on the air without approval from the company lawyers and management.   The networks and cable are doing a lot less of that kind of work these days.   Mainstream media is putting it’s resources on superficial stories instead of covering news that really affects your life.   So, when I hear people  tell me they do not trust the mainstream media or they are not getting the full story, it makes me wonder if  this a national trend?   Now comes a story that validates what I am hearing and why USAWatchdog is in existence…

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO — The news media’s credibility is sagging along with its revenue.  Nearly two-thirds of Americans think the news stories they read, hear and watch are frequently inaccurate, according to a poll released Sunday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. That marks the highest level of skepticism recorded since 1985, when this study of public perceptions of the media was first done.

The poll didn’t distinguish between Internet bloggers and reporters employed by newspapers and broadcasters, leaving the definition of “news media” up to each individual who was questioned. The survey polled 1,506 adults on the phone in late July.

The survey found that 63 percent of the respondents thought the information they get from the media was often off base. In Pew Research’s previous survey, in 2007, 53 percent of the people expressed that doubt about accuracy….More from the AP article.

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