Americans' confidence in television news has hit an all-time low, according to a new survey by Gallup.
Twenty-one percent of the 1,004 adults polled said they had "a great
deal" or "a lot" of confidence in television news media, continuing a
steady decline from the 46 percent who expressed confidence in
television media in 1993.
Meanwhile, just 25 percent of those polled expressed confidence in
newspapers, the second-lowest rating since 1973 and less than half of
the 51-percent peak in 1979.
Of 16 U.S. institutions tested -- including the police, the church,
the Supreme Court, banks, and big business -- newspapers ranked tenth,
television news eleventh. (The military is the most trusted institution,
with a 75 percent confidence rating; Congress is the least trusted
institution, with a 13 percent confidence rating). (Continues)