Trust is a thing of the past

I’m a journalist, but I don’t really have time for most hackneyed writing that aims to please one side of the political fence or the other. For far too many reporters, journalism is little more than placating those in power and hoping for some scraps of information (most types in the Murdoch press easily qualify). The exceptions to this rule are far and few between. This result in the US is therefore unsurprising:

The vast majority of American voters believe media bias is alive and well – 83% of likely voters said the media is biased in one direction or another, while just 11% believe the media doesn’t take political sides, a recent IPDI/Zogby Interactive poll shows.

The Institute for Politics, Democracy, and the Internet is based at George Washington University in Washington D.C.

Nearly two-thirds of those online respondents who detected bias in the media (64%) said the media leans left, while slightly more than a quarter of respondents (28%) said they see a conservative bias on their TV sets and in their column inches.

The fact that the US media is predominantly owned by corporates that have no desire to challenge establishment power is clearly not noted by these results, and yet the trend is clear. A majority of citizens simply do not trust what they are being told.

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