Americans no longer trust the news

Published: Friday, June 20 2014 2:52 p.m. MDT

Reporters Bob Woodward, right, and Carl Bernstein, whose reporting of the Watergate case won a Pulitzer Prize, sit in the newsroom of the Washington Post, May 7, 1973.

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Americans trust the news they get on the Internet more than the news they hear on television, according to a Gallup poll published Thursday.

“Over the past year, the Internet has seen the acceleration of website-only news sources that focus on empirical, data-driven analysis,” Gallup’s Andrew Dugan wrote. “But this quantitative approach to telling the news has not, in of itself, persuaded the major ideologies to express strong confidence in news from the Internet.”

In fact, according to the poll, it’s not an increase in trust in Internet news so much as a decrease in trust in television journalism that has lead to the swap.

Though newspapers maintain an edge over both television and the Internet when it comes to trust, the printed word still only has the confidence of 22 percent of those surveyed, compared to 19 percent for news found on the Internet and 18 percent for television reporting.

“Amid this rapid change, Americans hold all news media platforms in low confidence,” Dugan concluded.

Read the rest of the report at Gallup

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