Americans Distrust Media More Than Ever..

This is a revealing survey…

Pew Research: Press Accuracy Rating Hits Two Decade Low

The public’s assessment of the accuracy of news stories is now at its lowest level in more than two decades of Pew Research surveys, and Americans’ views of media bias and independence now match previous lows.

Just 29% of Americans say that news organizations generally get the facts straight, while 63% say that news stories are often inaccurate. Only about a quarter (26%) now say that news organizations are careful that their reporting is not politically biased, compared with 60% who say news organizations are politically biased. And the percentages saying that news organizations are independent of powerful people and organizations (20%) or are willing to admit their mistakes (21%) now also match all-time lows.

Republicans continue to be highly critical of the news media in nearly all respects. However, much of the growth in negative attitudes toward the news media over the last two years is driven by increasingly unfavorable evaluations by Democrats. On several measures, Democratic criticism of the news media has grown by double-digits since 2007. Today, most Democrats (59%) say that the reports of news organizations are often inaccurate.

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press’ biennial media attitudes survey, conducted July 22-26 among 1,506 adults reached on landlines and cell phones, finds that even as the party gaps in several criticisms of the press have lessened over the past few years, views of many individual media sources are deeply divided along party lines.

Democrats hold considerably more positive views than Republicans of CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and the news operations of the broadcast networks, and their views of National Public Radio are somewhat more favorable than those of Republicans. By contrast, views of Fox News — and to a lesser extent The Wall Street Journal — are more positive among Republicans than Democrats.

Partisan differences in views of Fox News have increased substantially since 2007. Today, a large majority of Republicans view Fox News positively (72%) compared with just 43% of Democrats. In 2007, 73% of Republicans and 61% of Democrats viewed Fox News favorably. (more, with charts)

Its understandable that a large % of the public are distrustful of the media. Read this story from 2003:

March 7, 2003 – Appellate Court Rules Media Can Legally Lie

In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by Fox News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States.

Back in December of 1996, Jane Akre and her husband, Steve Wilson, were hired by Fox as a part of the Fox “Investigators” team at WTVT in Tampa Bay, Florida. In 1997, the team began work on a story about bovine growth hormone (BGH), a controversial substance manufactured by Monsanto Corporation. The couple produced a four-part series revealing that there were many health risks related to BGH and that Florida supermarket chains did little to avoid selling milk from cows treated with the hormone, despite assuring customers otherwise.

According to Akre and Wilson, the station was initially very excited about the series. But within a week, Fox executives and their attorneys wanted the reporters to use statements from Monsanto representatives that the reporters knew were false and to make other revisions to the story that were in direct conflict with the facts. Fox editors then tried to force Akre and Wilson to continue to produce the distorted story. When they refused and threatened to report Fox’s actions to the FCC , they were both fired (a 1997 Best-Censored

Akre and Wilson sued the Fox station and on August 18, 2000, a Florida jury unanimously decided that Akre was wrongfully fired by Fox Television when she refused to broadcast (in the jury’s words) “a false, distorted, or slanted story” about the widespread use of BGH in dairy cows. They further maintained that she deserved protection under Florida’s whistleblower law.

Fox appealed the case, and on February 14, 2003 the Florida Second District Court of Appeals unanimously overturned the settlement awarded to Akre. The Court held that Akre’s threat to report the station’s actions to the FCC did not deserve protection under Florida’s whistleblower statute, because Florida’s whistle-blower law states that an employer must violate an adopted law, rule, or regulation.” In a stunningly narrow interpretation of FCC rules, the Florida Appeals court claimed that the FCC policy against falsification of the news does not rise to the level of a “law, rule, or regulation”; it was simply a policy. Therefore, it is up to the station whether or not it wants to report honestly.

During their appeal, Fox asserted that there that there are no written rules against distorting news in the media.

They argued that, under the First Amendment, broadcasters have the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on the public airwaves.

Fox attorneys did not dispute Akre’s claim that they pressured her to broadcast a false story; they simply maintained that it was their right to do so. –  (Source, The Free Library)

Well call me stupid, for I sure wasn’t aware that the media, purposefully lying to the public was protected by law. Makes me wonder now why we listen to them at all!

This should cause us to be so very grateful that we know The One who never lies and who always can be trusted.

“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” –  Numbers 23:19

“The word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.” – Psalms 33:4

“Every word of God proves true” – Proverbs 30:5

“The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times”- Psalms 12:6

2 comments on “Americans Distrust Media More Than Ever..

  1. I just recently discovered your blog. I was curious to see what positive things were being said online by Christians who are not buying into the fear and lies being spread by some in the media. I Googled “Christians for Obama” and found this site. Since then (about a week ago), I’ve been reading your posts with interest. My intention was to ‘lurk’ for awhile before posting. Rather than immediately putting my own opinion on the page, I wanted to see what the weather was like.

    My husband and I have both been very frustrated of late because it seems that most of our friends are getting their information solely from Fox and viral emails. We began to wonder if we were the only believers who…questioned…the validity of what we see coming from Fox. So I have especially appreciated the post above. And I’ve been rather surprised at the lack of comment from anyone else.

    So, I decided that this was a good place for me to jump in. I have now begun to see Fox as being somewhat equivalent to Wikipedia. If they have no problem admitting that they have no problem broadcasting a false story, and their only concern is that their right to do so is protected, then I obviously have to question everything that is broadcast by them. Not that I needed this nugget of information to do so. For quite some time I’ve been amazed at the false information and, more importantly, the inflammatory speech. No need to name names. While some are more blatant than others, there is definitely an overall climate to the network. But this post put to rest a lot of my questions.

    I also found it interesting that during President Obama’s media blitz this past Sunday, Fox was left out. And for that I say, “Way to go, Mr. President.”

    • Hi Pat…

      We’re sure finding ourselves living in strange times..

      When we’re told (by the courts) that a news network can outright lie, that’s its ‘ok’ because they are only exercising their freedom of speech, we’ve lost the ability to trust anything they say. And shouldn’t trust them!

      You know, i watched Fox almost exclusively for years.It was where i tuned in to get the news.

      But something happened to that network–and i could no longer watch it. The shrill fear mongering negativity, and inciting others to anger, became disgusting…as did the partial truths or just plain lies.

      I really started noticing it during the months leading up to the election, and in the past year its only grown worse.

      For quite some time I’ve been amazed at the false information and, more importantly, the inflammatory speech.

      Yes. The inflammatory speech is frightening…

      This is what gets me..they refer to themselves as “real Americans”…only interested in the welfare of this nation. But you know what? I don’t believe that for one minute.

      Remember the story of King Solomon in which he had to judge/decide between two women concerning who to give the baby to?

      Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him. And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house. And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house. And this woman’s child died in the night; because she overlaid it. And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear. And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.

      Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living. And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.

      And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.

      Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it. – 1 Kings 3

      I see today’s Fox Cable News like the woman who would have had the child divided–killed in fact-cut in two, rather then give it up.

      They would rather, for biased political reasons, see this nation divided and destroyed. And they appear to be doing anything they can to insure it happens.

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