Americans Don’t Trust News Institutions


It’s not a big surprise to many of us, but apparently the majority of Americans don’t trust Newspapers and Television News.

A question is… how much to blame are the main stream news institutions for enabling the decay and corruption that is apparently all around us today, by allowing much of it to go mostly ‘unchecked’?

If government and other entities were more scrutinized and challenged by the main stream press, would there be more liberty and less financial turmoil in our nation today? Would we be in the same mess that we are in today?

Answer… I suspect that if more of the corruption, abhorrent spending, bloated waste, and other hard truths within our government (and other entities) were exposed and challenged by the main stream press, that our lives would be much different today. I believe that the press is partly to blame for enabling ‘the systems’ to go largely unchecked and unchallenged, keeping Americans in the dark about changes that have been taking place… many of them for the worse.

Most agree that the Newspapers and Television News are “in the back pocket” of many or most politicians, congress, government, and big business. Hardly do we hear hard-nosed challenging questions directed towards them or their actions. We hear mostly fluff reporting, and few if any main stream reporters dare to question or challenge ‘authority’ or take full advantage of their rights with freedom of the press. After all… they want to remain in ‘favor’ so as to remain on invitation lists to attend insider Gala’s and parties within the “government-media-complex” (a term coined by M.Savage years ago).

According to a new Gallup poll, confidence in mass media continues to fall.

Fewer than one-fourth of Americans have confidence in newspapers.

The percentage of Americans saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers dropped to 23 percent.

Confidence in television news has also been slipping — it’s tied with newspapers at 23 percent.

According to a report on, “Americans’ confidence in newspapers and television news has been slowly eroding for many years, worsening further since 2007,” the report says. “Much of the confidence can also be measured by political orientation. Conservatives remain the most critical of newspapers and television news, while liberals are the most supportive. Confidence in newspapers by party also mirrors their ideologies. Democrats are most confident, at 33 percent, while Republicans, at 16 percent, are least confident.”

While the main stream media conglomerates are largely owned by very rich, powerful and mostly left-leaning individuals, the slant and reporting of the main stream press is clearly adjusted as such, and is arguably in line with the political and financial motivations of their unseen owners who use it as a tool to accomplish their objectives. Fortunately though, it appears that their control may be loosening some, based on these recent Gallup poll numbers. Most people are clearly seeing the main stream press for what they really are, and are turning to other sources for news and information. This, in my opinion, is one reason why the gov’t wants control of the internet… because they see what is happening and need a new grip on what the people see and hear for their news – and what it is that they interpret to be ‘important’.

Let’s do our own unscientific poll… a different question from the aforementioned Gallup poll.

What is your confidence level in main-stream News Institutions?

(Poll Closed)


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  1. I agree 100%, I stopped watching the news about 2 years ago and I can’t remember the last time I read a newspaper. The only time I turn on the news now is to catch the weather, and as they can’t seem to get that right very often I turn to it less and less.

  2. The first step is to separate the ‘for profit’ news from the ‘investigative journalist’ news. Do not trust ‘for profit’ news. These organizations will not report on anything that hurts the bottom line, their shareholders, or their sponsors.

    This is my take on MSNBC. It is supposed to be a ‘liberal’ news organization. It is owned by General Electric. GE makes this country’s nuclear weapons arsenal. Since when did nuclear weapons become liberal?

    My sense of it is that half this country is conservative and corporate america spoon feeds that half with fox infotainment for profit. Half of this country is liberal and corporate america spoon feeds that half with msnbc infotainment for profit. All the while, neither perspective is getting the truth from their news source. However, the corporations that own these news outlets rake in millions at the detriment of our collective knowledge.

  3. Broadcast television news outlets have been highly unreliable and incredibly partisan for over three decades now. since the re-branding of the news in to “newstainment” some years ago, it became all about ratings rather than substance and seeking the truth. Now, with the NSA information and wiretapping scandals, once trusted sources of information are refusing to speak with reporters any more for fear of being either jailed or killed outright. This government is out of control and there is precious little we as citizens can do about them. Corporations now control the government.

  4. Most of the reporters are leftist socialists in their beliefs anyway.Plus the corporations that run the media networks are in it for the money,so they give their share of the audience that follows them,the type of news that fits their lifestyle.All goes back to the money,the main decisive factor on how to report the news.Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.

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