Americans Can Agree On One Thing At Least — The News Media Sucks
The mainstream press might want to spend less time complaining about President Donald Trump’s attacks on them and more time doing a better job. A new survey shows that a substantial majority of Americans think the press is biased, unreliable and out of touch.
The Pew Research Center surveyed more than 5,000 Americans — which is a huge number for such polls — to gauge their views on the mainstream news media.
The results won’t come as a surprise to many on the right. But they should be a clanging wake-up call for journalists and editors, as well as the owners of these news outlets. The survey shows that a large majority of the public finds today’s press biased, out of touch, and marginally informative, and that they cover up their own mistakes.
For an industry that relies on trust, these are dismal results.
Most of the coverage of the Pew survey is focused on its partisan findings. Republicans are more likely to claim bias, for example, and less likely to say the press is trustworthy or informative.
No surprise there. Nor is it surprising that the partisan divide over the press increased in the past two years, as the mainstream media openly declared war on Trump and has, as a result, fumbled several major stories.
What’s most surprising about the Pew findings is how widespread the mistrust is today, particularly among independents.