According to a Pew Research survey, 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.
Despite the financial tsunami that has crippled newsroom and force layoffs, the proliferation of Internet news sites and blogs is, as usual, pointed to by mainstream media as another major culprit.
“”The great flood that goes under the heading `news media’ has been poisoned by junk blogs, gossip sheets, shout radio and cable-TV partisans that don’t deserve to be trusted,” Keller told The Associated Press.
Of course, this reasoning doesn’t exactly explain why the trust has slid down since 1985.