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July 10, 2012

Gallup: Confidence In TV News Drops to All-Time Low

From a fairly consistent ca. 35% of respondents saying they had a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in TV news from 1994 to 2001, and then a steady decline in confidence.

That figure is now a mere 21%, the lowest level since Gallup started asking the question in 1993.

(1993's survey showed 46% expressing high confidence in TV news -- but that dropped to 35% the next year, and stayed at about that level until it began to fall in 2001. Seems maybe 1993 is just an outlier, unless the Gingrich Revolution was accompanied by a sharp fall in confidence in TV news.)

Is there any other industry that has fared as poorly as the media these last 20 years? Can you think of an entire industry (well, not entire, but you know, 90%) so discredited and exposed as fundamentally corrupt and dishonest over this timeframe?

Banking, maybe. Congress, I suppose.

A big part of this would be the silly shit from the left. Among the most dubious memes ever put forward by the left is that the media is biased towards the right.

Now, no one ever knows how serious they are about that. Most think they are lodging the charge strategically, to "work the refs" and counter any charges from the right that they are biased to the left.

Nevertheless, some of the dummies actually take this seriously.

And hence, starting in 2001 or so, not only did the right become more aware of persistent and pernicious media dishonesty in favor of one political party, but the left, too, suddenly began bleating about the "Conservative Media."


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