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Why Americans don't trust the Media, A preliminary analysis

David A. Jones
01/04/2004

An alarming number of Americans no longer trust the media to report the news fairly. As a first step toward explaining this phenomenon, this study explores various factors that explain individual-level variation in media trust. One key factor appears to be trust in government, suggesting that the media’s lowly stature may stem more from general political malaise than from the many shortcomings of contemporary news coverage. Interestingly, trust in the media is particularly low among conservative Republicans, especially those who listen to political talk radio. For these Americans, perhaps the problem with the media rests on what they see as a liberal bias, not declining journalistic standards.

Topic :  Media  
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Edition :  Harvard College  
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Country :  United States 
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Language  :  English 
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