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Surprise! Trust In Media Edges Down After Brief Recovery

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Often referred to as the “Fourth Estate”, the media plays an important role in any democratic society. A free press is essential to holding governments accountable and informing the public, thus enabling voters to partake in political debate and make qualified decisions.

The United States also has a long history of a free and independent press, with organizations such as the New York Times, TIME or CNN historically renowned and respected around the world.

In recent years however, as Statista's Felix Richter notes, Americans themselves started losing faith in their country’s media organizations.

Infographic: Trust in Media Edges Down After Brief Recovery | Statista

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While the trend in the loss of faith in the media, as the infographic above shows, has been going on for over two decades, the recent acceleration is possibly inspired by a presidential candidate who made no secret of his aversion towards the press (which has for four years done nothing but attack him and parrot establishment anti-Trump rhetoric – only to be busted for it numerous times thanks to Mueller and Horowitz), the percentage of U.S. adults having a great deal or a fair amount of trust and confidence in mass media dropped to a historic low of 32 percent in 2016, according to Gallup data.

Since then, some trust has been recovered, but 2019 saw the level of trust in American media deteriorate again after consecutive improvements in 2017 and 2018.

 

 


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