This is an important question and worth taking a look at Rosen’s website for context and information on the topic: Why Don’t We Trust the News Media?
Rosen’s Trust Puzzler: What Explains Falling Confidence in the Press?
Help me figure it out. Here are five explanations, each of them a partial truth.
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As you can(not) see from the chart, the percentage of Americans who had a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of trust in the news media has declined from over 70 percent shortly after Watergate to about 44 percent today. Why?
That is my question in this post.
None of these explanations quite do it for me. I think they all have some merit, but “some” does not mean equal. I’m partial to no. 5, but I don’t think it accounts for a 28 point drop in public confidence. So that’s why I say: what would be your theory?