A recent survey from Gallup found that only 4 out of 10 Americans have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust and confidence in the mass media to report the news accurately and fairly. The media seems to play a huge role in all of our lives and some may find it surprising (or not) that so many Americans have lost faith. This downward trend started years ago and it makes you wonder what happened to the good old days of listening to Walter Cronkite report the news. Yes, there was a time when people believed in the media and their politicians in this country. The world is a different place than when Cronkite was on air, but we still need the media. The 2016 election is right around the corner and there are plenty of issues being dealt with right now.

Here’s the trend from Gallup…

Gallup shows that 54% Democrats tend to trust the media while 32% of Republicans feel the same way. Politics does seem to have a big influence on how you view the media. Some feel as though the media is too liberal while others think it’s too conservative. It’s very common to here complaints on the bias displayed by Fox and MSNBC, but even the larger networks such as NBC, ABC, and CBS aren’t free from the criticism.

The recent Republican debate on October 28th brought light to this issue. Ted Cruz took a moment during the debate to attack the media…

(note that this video is straight from the Ted Cruz campaign)

The Brian Williams situation is another example of why some people don’t trust the media. The NBC Nightly News anchor was suspended after it had been discovered that he had lied on air on multiple occasions. Amongst other things, Williams misspoke about his helicopter being shot down in Iraq back in 2003. Williams was considered to be one of America’s most trustworthy people and after his many controversies, the media may have taken a hit. I used to watch Brian Williams on the news all the time and I know for me, this was tough to swallow…

This is clip of Williams apologizing for his mistake…

Williams was one of the biggest names in the business and many have either forgotten about him or lost all respect. As of September 22, Williams is back on the air at MSNBC.

The problems the media face today could also be credited to the changing times. More than ever, technology and entertainment are taking over our lives. Many people find comedy to be a more accesible and fun way to receive their news. Before Jon Stewart retired earlier this year, many viewed his news program, The Daily Show, as their primary news source. Airing on Comedy Central, The Daily Show was a fresh take on news to many people and while it still continues with a new host, Jon Stewart may have been the most beloved “news anchor” in the world.

To fully understand what I’m getting at here, this link to send you to a Washington Post Video!

Hopefully you just finished watching that video from the link… It should be clear that there are people who don’t trust the media but we still need our news.

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