Here are some possible answers. The first addition based on a number of comments I received since this was posted. In the new survey, positive believability ratings have fallen significantly for nine of 13 news organizations tested. During this period, the cultural cachet of being a journalist was on the rise.
Society has profoundly changed in the last three decades. Instead, I look for structural explanations. The main point I tried to make is that the means for generating trust must themselves evolve.
Then it became part of power structure. The most visible news people are being mistaken for the whole institution.
What Explains Falling Confidence in the Press? I think you should see 3 and 4 as mirror images: And this takes its toll on trust. Both, it should be said, have their roots in real events and real grievances. One is the argument the right has used to erode trust in the press. If journalists help expose that, confidence in the press should rise.
In66 percent had a great deal or a fair amount of trust.
They were more likely to go to journalism school, my institution. Second, because of technological changes such as the rise of cable and the internet, as well as regulatory changes such as the end of the fairness doctrine, the media industry has become much more diverse and fragmented.
The United States is a divided country… The political left has a different answer to my question. Journalists were becoming better educated. First, the political parties have become much more polarized in their policy positions.
Put them together and half the country is angry at the press before it gets its boots on. This amounts to a distortion of the picture presented to the public.
The trust figures suggest the answer is: In basketball, some coaches will as a matter of course complain that the referees are favoring the other team.PressThink, a project of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, is written by Jay Rosen.Download