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Do we trust what we hear in the media?


Apparently not. Unless it comes through PBS.

This is not surprising but it’s still interesting…

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Fox News’ credibility has fallen 9 percent since three years ago, according to new Public Policy Polling (PPP) results released on Wednesday.

The annual poll asks participants to rate their trust in multiple networks including Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, Comedy Central, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News. According to PPP’s press release:

Just like its actual ratings, Fox News has hit a record low in the four years that we’ve been doing this poll. 41% of voters trust it to 46% who do not. To put those numbers into some perspective the first time we did this poll, in 2010, 49% of voters trusted it to 37% who did not.

Just like last year, researchers also found that Fox News is both the least trusted and most trusted network when compared to the other networks in the survey. Thirty-four percent said they trust Fox News the most, while 39 percent said they trust it the least.

Other news outlets are not entirely better off. Thirty-five percent of respondents said they trust MSNBC, while 44 percent said they do not. When it comes to CNN, 38 percent of voters said they trust the network, but 43 percent said they trust the cable network the least.

PBS is the only outlet that respondents trust more than distrust, with 52 percent of voters saying they trust the network, and 29 percent saying they do not.

Click over to PPP for the full report.

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I think these numbers prove just how divided we have become in the United States.

“IF a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3)

5 comments on “Do we trust what we hear in the media?

  1. “I think these numbers prove just how divided we have become in the United States.”

    We have always been clearly divided. Sheep/goats.

  2. Interesting! Just yesterday my wife was telling me what rats the local news reporters are because they don’t tell the full story which leaves the wrong impression on the readers or listeners.

    We live in relative obscurity up here in the far North West corner of California with sea breezes, six rivers, one deemed a wilderness river where trees outnumber people like 10,000 or more to one! My city has less than 29,000 population and maybe 150,000 for the whole county?

    The other day the featured article on the front page section of our paper showed the Mayor meeting a group of “religious” groups and some pictured are personal friends. It was a broad range of ecumenicals. The next day on the front page was a lone woman protesting that meeting where these people were meeting the Mayor to go over the modalities of the soon to happen prayer breakfast where local politicians come together to pray with constituents. She was asking the Mayor to stop prayer at public meetings.

    Well, my wife just so happened to have hired that woman to do some work for her so she raised the matter with her the next time they were together thinking this lady must certainly be an atheist or agnostic? She was going to defend the right of Christians to gather and open political meetings with prayer as our local and county laws support. To her surprise she found the truth about her complaint and her frustration with the reporting of it in the local press! She’s a Christian and attends the same church fellowship as the Mayor and several pictured in the other first front page article! She said what she was against is allowing for “non” Christian groups getting together and praying to each other’s “gods” not that she was against prayers being offered or protesting the church and state separation debate that has basically silenced any prayers of any kind all over the country.

    That’s what bothers me about the free press. They can take your complaint and put their spin on it and let it stand until challenged which most are not and when a notice of correction is force upon the reporting agency it’s always in fine print in a dark whole of the paper where no one goes to read about their dishonesty but a small few of their readers.

    • That’s what bothers me about the free press. They can take your complaint and put their spin on it and let it stand until challenged which most are not and when a notice of correction is force upon the reporting agency it’s always in fine print in a dark whole of the paper where no one goes to read about their dishonesty but a small few of their readers.

      Amen Michael.

      Today’s news organizations (and reporters) always seem to put a spin on stories, especially like the one you mentioned which involves religion and politics and/or politicians. And with the internet so quick to grab a headline or controversial story and pass it on to millions before checking the facts, lies flood the airwaves.

      I don’t know what it is today, but even when something is later proven to have been false, people will still cling to the original lie!

      Just as one example, what occurred in Benghazi. Don’t know if you saw anything about this Michael, but within hours after the attack, there was a HORRIBLE sickening story on a number of Christian and secular websites which claimed Ambassador Christopher Stevens had been sexually molested before dying. A few of these news websites (both Christian and secular) even posted a photo which they claimed showed “proof” of this. I felt checked in my spirit Michael so didn’t post about this claim, but instead spent days looking for proof of this. What i found out was this photo was of the Ambassador being carried out of the room in which he was found (still breathing), loaded into a car, and raced to a hospital. Further more, the entire molestation story was a lie. But you know what, you can still find people who believe to this day he was molested. Do a search…you’ll find stories STILL out there which continue to claim this. Its disgusting.

      There was an agenda for putting out that lie and all others we hear coming by way of the media…especially by way of the cable news networks. For the past few years my motto concerning what comes through any news outlet has been,

      “Believe nothing of what you hear, and only half of what you see”

      In other words, check it for yourself before buying it as true…

      And by the way, bravo! for your wife for asking before taking the report as true!!🙂

  3. We have always been clearly divided. Sheep/goats.

    True. But the division in America today, as it was leading up to the civil war, is sure not (only) based on sheep and goats.

  4. The main stream media is dead to me. Liberal, conservative and Christian. Still plugged into the internet, which can be just as deceitful. I like to focus on the “Good News”.

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