Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions. In this presidential campaign year, Democrats were more likely to trust the news media than
The poll shows that accuracy clearly is the most important component of trust.
Nearly 90 percent of Americans say it’s extremely or very important that the media get their facts correct, according to the study. About 4 in 10 say they can remember a specific incident that eroded their confidence in the media, most often one that dealt with accuracy or a perception that it was one-sided.
About 6 in 10 Americans watch, read, or hear news several times a day, as computers, smart phones and tablets make it easier for people to follow the news on an on-demand basis.
A majority of people get news from social media, most frequently by far from Face book. “Face book is the place where everyone is, and so you’re not necessarily looking for news, but you’re getting it,” Rosenstiel.
We have learned that we need to question and be cautious to ensure we are receiving accurate information. It is always smart to fact check.