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Shocker: Americans Don’t Trust The Media

From Iran’s Press TV:


Poll: Americans lose faith in media

Mon, 10 Mar 2008

A new opinion poll suggests that over 54 percent of Americans do not trust mainstream media and consider news websites more reliable.

Some 41 percent said they trust the ‘Internet news and information websites’ more than the press.

The new Harris Interactive survey reflects the findings of a Harvard University study conducted last year, which found ‘nearly two-thirds of Americans have no faith in campaign coverage by the news media’.

The poll indicates that only 30 percent ‘tend to trust the press’, while 44 percent say Radio is the most trusted media in the United States.

The poll suggests that the selective media coverage of the ongoing Iraq war has caused Americans to lose faith in mainstream media.

Funny how little attention this poll has gotten from our own watchdog media. So little that we have to go to their fellow journalists in Iran to get the news.

Isn’t irony ironic?

(And yes, the photo of the three monkeys is from Press TV.)

  Update!

It turns out this Harris poll did actually get some coverage in our watchdog media. But look at the gloss they put on it.

For example, from Reuters:

Poll: Most Americans don’t read political blogs

Mon Mar 10, 2008

By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A majority of Americans do not read political blogs, the online commentaries that have proliferated in the race for the U.S. presidency, according to a poll released on Monday.

Only 22 percent of people responding to the poll said they read blogs regularly, meaning several times a month or more, according to the survey conducted by Harris Interactive.

Political blogs, in which writers, pundits and other participants voice opinions in online forums, burst into the spotlight in the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns. Some of the most high-profile blogs are influential on campaign strategies, media coverage and public perception of the candidates and issues.

Unlike traditional, mainstream media, blogs often adopt a specific point of view. Critics complain they can contain unchecked facts, are poorly edited and use unreliable sources.

Despite the attention blogs can get, the poll said 56 percent of Americans say they never read blogs that discuss politics. Another 23 percent read them several times a year, the survey showed…

And of course Reuters wasn’t alone in spinning the Harris poll results this way.

But why on earth would the news services stress the dubious claim that people don’t read the internet for news, and downplay the poll’s main finding that people don’t trust the news services?

(This is of course a rhetorical question.)

Unlike traditional, mainstream media, blogs often adopt a specific point of view. Critics complain they can contain unchecked facts, are poorly edited and use unreliable sources.

Oh, my sides.

Thank goodness that is never a problem with our objective, professional media — like Reuters.

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