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Americans no longer trust the news

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  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    June 21, 2014 5:24 p.m.

    I’ve long believed that if a non-ideological Rupert Murdoch type ever decided to start a network relentlessly dedicated to no-spin (too bad that moniker has already been taken – becoming the most ironic byline in the history of media) fact based news free of these false “debates” that give both sides equal time as if both are equal in facts, they would become a multi-billionaire.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 21, 2014 4:04 p.m.

    This is an age old problem. From Franklin and his highly biased reporting promoting an independent nation, through to Hughes in the last decade, all media outlets have an opinion or a bias. If you saw the things published about FDR before the war, you would have thought he was a black man accused of being born in Africa. The only thing new under the sun here is that everyone and anyone can now be a publisher.

    My daily reading routing includes everything from Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News online edition, to the BBC, France24 and Russian Times. I figure between the about 10 to 15 I read daily somewhere in there is balance and something resembling the truth.

    If you are not reading a multiplicity of sources from across the spectrum, you are getting a tainted view.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    June 21, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    Increasingly, people get information from sources that are trusted to align with their own thinking.

    We're not looking for stories about the news as much as we seek reinforcement of our own preconceived thinking. Blogs, news sources that cater to particular persuasions, etc.

    An acquaintance agrees with a lot of conservatives that traditional media is the "lamestream media", and has turned to blogs as source of "truth" that most media sources avoid, as part of a conspiracy.

    In fact, this acquaintance has been trying to alert others that the reason there has not been an armed insurrection to overthrow the current government is because jet contrails contain mind control chemicals to pacify the population.

    The "proof" of the truth in the jet contrails story is the mainstream media won't alert the public about this. They're complicit.

    That's just one story of many. A pretty tough nut to crack, impervious to alternate points of view or other information sources. A real patriot can resist being influenced by sources that are "part of the problem".

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    June 21, 2014 1:58 a.m.

    It is quite clear that the national news, as a whole, does not hold all politicians equally accountable for their actions. This does a great diservice to Americans and makes them a partner in corruption.

  • In but not of Lehi, UT
    June 20, 2014 4:17 p.m.

    Give me a break GaryO, there are just as many wacky propaganda outlets on the left.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2014 4:14 p.m.

    It started with Dan Rather and then Americans began to realize that the media published what they wanted us to hear which was usually favorable to the Democrats and not what was news. Today MSNBC morphs into NBC News and the other major outlets are little different. The difficult issues of the day, the deficit, Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, fudged employment figures, VA fabrications, etc. are replaced by a special report on the Begonia Society and seriously flawed politicians such as Joe Biden receive a free pass.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    June 20, 2014 3:41 p.m.

    So, Americans no longer trust the News? And this a bad thing? I think, IMHO, this means the American people are not the sheep our Corporate Masters believe we are. Whether we get our news from the Leftist Fox News or the Reactionary Alphabet Network News channels this Gallup Poll survey's take away is that the American People are not buying what the Corpoarte opinion makers are selling.

    Funny that this topic came up today. Premiering in Los Angeles also today, is a Swedish Movie called, The Last Sentence, about Swedish Newspaper Editor Torgny Segerstedt, who for twelve years beginning in 1933 wrote unkind and prescient criticisms about Adolf Hitler, much to the chagrin of King Gustave V and his Prime Minister. They told him to lay off Adolf. Torgny was quoted as saying That not telling the truth (about Adolf) "not only made you a hostage to a lie, but its promoter".

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 20, 2014 3:17 p.m.

    "Americans trust the news they get on the Internet more than the news they hear on television"

    That would be fine except for the fact that fake-news sources proliferate on the Internet.

    Right Wing Propaganda outlets, especially, convey a tremendous amount of misinformation to the willfully misinformed.

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    June 20, 2014 3:15 p.m.

    Frankly, objective in-depth reporting is dead in the country in all but a few instances.

    Instead, we have print, television, radio and internet media that cater to a specific mentality (be that liberal or conservative) .