Media Tailspin Continues as Public Trust in News Outlets Crumbles

The media, to the surprise of no one who tracks the news industry, has a significant perception problem among the U.S. public.

This includes both the mainstream media – outlets such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and major network news program – and alternative media – including the Washington Times, NewsMax and Real Clear Politics.

More than 1,400 individuals were polled earlier this year on their trust for both traditional and alternative media and both fared dismally. Only one-third of those polled trust the traditional media, while just one-quarter of those polled trust alternative media, according to website Issues and Insights.

Democrats and minorities rated both types of media higher than did Republicans and whites, but no group showed a high level of trust in either.

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