Just 6% Of Americans See The Media As Very Trustworthy, And That’s A Good Thing

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According to Rasmussen, Americans have a pretty low opinion of the media:

Most voters still get their news from television and consider the news reported by the media generally trustworthy.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Likely U.S. Voters say they get most of their news from TV, including 32% who get it from cable news networks and 24% who get it from traditional network news. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that another 25% use the Internet as their main source of news, while only 10% still rely on print newspapers. Seven percent (7%) get most of their news from radio.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of all voters regard the news reported by the media as at least somewhat trustworthy, but that includes just six percent who think it is Very Trustworthy. Forty-two percent (42%) don’t trust the news media, with 12% who believe the news it reports is Not At All Trustworthy.

A lot of people may see this as a negative development. They may reference some earlier, golden age of journalism when incorrputible reporters spoke truth to power. They may trash today’s more opinionated, more sensationalist media. But they’re wrong. Journalism and “the media” is about the same as it ever was. The only thing that’s really changed is there’s more of it these days.

It’s good that people don’t trust the media. They shouldn’t. They should question everything they read or hear be it on television, in a newspaper or, ahem, on a blog. Nobody is infallible. Everyone has biases. We’re all flawed human beings. The public needs to decide for itself what is and is not news.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Fifty-six percent (56%) of all voters regard the news reported by the
    media as at least somewhat trustworthy, but that includes just six
    percent who think it is Very Trustworthy.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/february_2013/only_6_rate_news_media_as_very_trustworthy

    If only headlines could talk.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      So, which part of the headline was inaccurate?

    • JoeMN

      I’m with realitybased on this one. I believe the mainstream media is extremely trustworthy………………….at parroting the liberal narrative.

      • JoeMN

        BTW reality, if news can be viewed as “somewhat trustworthy” is it still news ?
        Or is it now opinion ?

    • jl

      And if only one could define “somewhat trustworthy.” Does that mean, say, 20% of what they report is worthy of trust? Or 40%, or 60%….?

  • mikemc1970

    So let’s put this another way:

    50% of Americans are moderately gullible.
    30% of Americans are moderately realistic.
    12% of Americans are completely realistic.
    6% of Americans are freaking moonbats.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      That’s pretty much it.

      • reggy

        Way to hide the disdain for your customer base.

  • Perry

    In every location I have seen this headline of 6% the article says 56% somewhat trust these charlatans, maybe that is why they are distrusted, the headline is off by 50 percentage points from what the article says

  • http://genelalor.com Gene Lalor

    (NEW) Careful, Libs! If You Dare Cross Obama, You Go on the S-list–or
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    “Careful, libs! If you dare cross Obama, you go on the
    S-list, or worse!” is no idle threat. It’s as real as the second term presidency
    of Barack Hussein Obama who gave fair warning when he was caught last March
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    Obama’s new ”flexibility” obviously extends far beyond just caving
    into the demands of his ideological comrades in the former Soviet Union but to
    crushing even fellow liberals in America should they have the temerity to wander
    off his reservation and expose his transparent lies.

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    editor, liberal Bob Woodward, renowned co-author of All the President’s
    Men who was contacted by one of President Obama’s men soon after he told
    MSNBC’s Morning Joe Scarborough on Wednesday that he believed Obama was
    exhibiting a “kind of madness I haven’t seen in a long time.”

    Woodward was referring specifically to Obama’s Defense Department’s
    irrational sequester-inspired decision not to deploy the aircraft carrier USS
    Harry Truman to the most volatile region on Earth, the Persian Gulf, allegedly
    because of budget constraints. Those constraints could be constrained simply by
    reducing the paychecks of overpaid, federal government employees by 2% in lieu
    of making our forces and our nation more vulnerable but Obama chose
    vulnerability over logic.

    Here we have a faithful, committed lib who pointed out a few
    political truths to Scarborough:

    –That Ronald Reagan would never just sit there and say, “Oh, by the
    way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?”

    –That George W. Bush never say, “You know, I’m not going to invade
    Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need?”

    –That Bill Clinton would never say, “You know, I’m not going to
    attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters” because of budget
    limitations.

    Later that same day Woodward received what can only be described as
    an unveiled, emailed threat from the White House. He told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer
    that ”It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this.” Discreetly,
    Woodward wouldn’t identify the author of the threat (now known to be, according
    to BuzzFeed.com, Gene Sperling head honcho of Obama’s White House Economic
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    Obama’s new ”flexibility” obviously extends far beyond just caving
    into the demands of his ideological comrades in the former Soviet Union but to
    crushing even fellow liberals in America should they have the temerity to wander
    off his reservation and expose his transparent lies.

    Just ask the ultra-liberal Washington Post’s associate
    editor, liberal Bob Woodward, renowned co-author of All the President’s
    Men who was contacted by one of President Obama’s men soon after he told
    MSNBC’s Morning Joe Scarborough on Wednesday that he believed Obama was
    exhibiting a “kind of madness I haven’t seen in a long time.”

    Woodward was referring specifically to Obama’s Defense Department’s
    irrational sequester-inspired decision not to deploy the aircraft carrier USS
    Harry Truman to the most volatile region on Earth, the Persian Gulf, allegedly
    because of budget constraints. Those constraints could be constrained simply by
    reducing the paychecks of overpaid, federal government employees by 2% in lieu
    of making our forces and our nation more vulnerable but Obama chose
    vulnerability over logic.

    Here we have a faithful, committed lib who pointed out a few
    political truths to Scarborough:

    –That Ronald Reagan would never just sit there and say, “Oh, by the
    way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?”

    –That George W. Bush never say, “You know, I’m not going to invade
    Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need?”

    –That Bill Clinton would never say, “You know, I’m not going to
    attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters” because of budget
    limitations.

    Later that same day Woodward received what can only be described as
    an unveiled, emailed threat from the White House. He told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer
    that ”It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this.” Discreetly,
    Woodward wouldn’t identify the author of the threat (now known to be, according
    to BuzzFeed.com, Gene Sperling head honcho of Obama’s White House Economic
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  • sbark

    Media……..on a sidenote, a large Obama Donar, HuffPo blogger is buying up various Outdoor sports media—Outdoor channel, Sportsmans channel, gun magazines with the apparent intent of just shutting them down

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/28/obama-donor-in-process-of-buying-up-and-destroying-americas-top-pro-gun-media-outlets/

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