The Good News is That People Don’t Believe the News

There is no getting around it: in an age of lies and propaganda, a general attitude of skepticism and cynicism can protect society. It may make it harder to get people to join your movement, but at least they’re not joining anyone else’s.

And it means that even if the liberals succeed in censoring the media, they still won’t have the ear of the people.

So this is good news: CNS News reports,

Public confidence in television news is at an all-time low, according to a survey released today by Gallup.

Only 18 percent of the Americans surveyed expressed either a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in that news medium.

Gallup has been asking the following question annually since 1993: “Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one–a great deal, quite a lot, some or very little?”  (See Gallup Confidence Survey.pdf) One of the institutions listed is “television news.”

In the latest survey, conducted June 5-8, only 10 percent said they had “a great deal” of confidence in T.V. news, and 8 percent said they had “quite a lot” of confidence.

The previous low was in 2012, when a combined 21 percent said they had a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in television news. In 2013, it was 23 percent.

In 1993, the first year Gallup asked Americans about their confidence in T.V. news, 46 percent said they had a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in it. It’s never been that high again.

According to Yahoo News, however, Americans have lost confidence not just in T.V. news, but in all news mediums.

Those identifying themselves as liberals had slightly more confidence in newspapers, while conservatives had a higher level of trust in TV news.

I assume that this difference is largely due to Fox News.

“The field of news media has changed dramatically since Gallup first began measuring the confidence the public held in newspapers or TV news decades ago,” Gallup’s Andrew Dugan said in a blog post.

“Amid this rapid change, Americans hold all news media platforms in low confidence. How these platforms can restore confidence with the American public is not clear, especially as editorial standards change and most outlets lack the broad reach once available to major newspapers and broadcasters.”

The news media remained low among the 17 public institutions covered in the Gallup poll.

The military had the highest level of confidence at 74 percent, but the numbers dropped dramatically for other institutions such as the presidency (29 percent) and public schools (26 percent).

How can the news media restore confidence with the American people? I don’t think they can. They would have to recognize their own arrogance and how plainly everyone can see their bias and lies. They are blind to all that.

(Hat tip: Drudge)