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