Tuesday, 14 June 2016

A Trust Issue in News

There's a new Gallup poll out which says that roughly 20-percent of Americans have confidence in what they see in the newspapers.  The same crowd say almost the same thing for TV news.

That means that out of every five people you bump into today....one of them still has some belief in the news delivered to them daily, and the other four are mostly amused or in disbelief of what they saw via the paper or morning news.

As a kid, I can remember folks quoting articles straight from US News and World Report, Time, Newsweak, the national papers, CBS nightly news and Paul Harvey.  Anything they read or saw....was absolute truth.

Over the past two decades.....I think that the general public got fairly clever.  They just don't buy the pumped-up stories or bogus slanted angles to news anymore.  Even if the CNN folks drag out some retired four-star general....he's discounted.

Why?

I think as time went by and competition became intense in the 1980s....they all started to look for angles to get people pumped up.  The truth is.....you can only remain pumped up for a certain amount of time, and then you kinda fall backwards.  So the practice started up to tie story after story into their theme.....so you were continually hyped up.  Well...people are tired.

If you watch the news regularly, I'd say that video or coverage over an entire week will feature roughly ten hours of the President or his administrative staff on a weekly basis now.  It's bad enough that you also get the President at least once a month on some comedy show now.  If you asked people to cite some big five-star moment with the President over the past seven years.....most would freeze and admit they can't think of a five-star moment.

It's like being a kid at a candy store and getting all the stuff you wanted to eat, and now.....you are kinda tired of the candy situation.

I think journalism has screwed itself, and triggered some automatic reaction by the public.  The sad thing is that it'll likely to a lower level where only one person out of ten has some trust in the news.