Confidence in TV News at New LowSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:22
Americans’ confidence in television news has fallen to a new low. According to a newly-published Gallup survey, just 21% of adults state that they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in television news. That is down from 46% when the polling organization first began asking respondents their views on TV news back in 1993.
It is worth noting that this survey was conducted between June 7 and June 10, and thus captured a snapshot of the nation’s attitude toward this particular industry just two weeks before a number of “news” outlets, such as CNN and Fox, made national embarrassments of themselves by falsely reporting that the Supreme Court had struck down the Affordable Care Act because their staff had not read beyond the opening pages of the court’s decision.
Discontent with the state of television news was on full display outside CNN offices in cities around the country this past week, when supporters of Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson took to the streets to protest the media blackout of the former New Mexico governor’s candidacy, as Craig D. Schlesinger reported here at IVN yesterday. Chris Hill, a Johnson campaign advisor, told Schlesinger that it is a matter of integrity:
“If the media has no integrity and won’t allow Americans to even get to know their third choice, then we’re all being robbed. It’s not that we need the media to do something for Gov. Johnson, we just need them to do their job and show a little journalistic integrity instead of being completely biased. It is completely unacceptable,” said Hill.