The lies and ideological biases of the newspaper today has worn out their welcome, confidence in the print media and mainstream media in general will never be recovered. The days when Joseph Pulitzer said that the three most important things to remember for the newspaper reporter were accuracy, accuracy and accuracy have long been put to an unceremonious death.
More in U.S. have low (36%) than high (20%) confidence in newspapers
Democrats, young adults no longer confident in newspapers
Decline for newspapers mirrors pattern for 14 major institutions
PRINCETON, N.J. — The 20% of Americans who are confident in newspapers as a U.S. institution hit an all-time low this year, marking the 10th consecutive year that more Americans express little or no, rather than high, confidence in the institution. The percentage of Americans expressing “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers has been dwindling since 2000, and the percentage expressing “very little” or “none” finally eclipsed it in 2007. The percentage with low confidence has only expanded since, tying a previous high of 36%.
One in five U.S. adults now say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in newspapers — the all-time low for newspapers in Gallup’s trend dating to 1973. An additional 42% of U.S. adults say they have “some” confidence, meaning that the institution still sparks at least a measure of confidence in a majority of Americans.
However, the days when more than twice as many Americans expressed high rather than low confidence in newspapers are long gone. While this was common from the inception of Gallup’s confidence in institutions trend through 1990, it has only been achieved once since — in 2002, during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks when Americans rallied around most major U.S. institutions.