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Scholars across America who study the news industry won't be surprised by the resurgence of partisan news preferences reported today by Public Policy Polling. The ironic headline, "Fox leads in trust," brings into full view the elasticity of truth, as well as the high cost of poor education.

There is a lot of political polarization in which outlets people trust. 74% of Republicans trust Fox News, but no more than 23% trust any of the other four sources. We already knew that conservatives
don't trust the mainstream media but this data is a good prism into just how deep that distrust runs.

For Democrats the numbers are a complete opposite- a majority trust all of ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC while only 30% have faith in Fox News. Continuing the trend in our polling over the last few months that
independents hate everything, a plurality of them distrust all five outlets we looked at.

NBC is the most popular choice among Democrats at a 62/17 spread. Although 'NBC News' was the entity named in the question it's possible respondents could have been lumping MSNBC in with it given the good
numbers on the left. At a 17/69 spread CBS was the least popular with Republicans, perhaps indicating residual unhappiness from the Dan Rather days. CNN finished second among Democrats, Republicans, and independents suggesting that it may be the least polarizing of the major tv news operations.

These numbers suggest quite a shift in what Americans want from their news. A generation ago Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in the country because of his neutrality. Now people trust Fox the most precisely because of its lack of neutrality. It says a lot about where journalism is headed.

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The most telling part of that article

The most telling part of that article is this:

A generation ago Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in the country because of his neutrality

A generation ago, everything in the news or in the actions by government was not presented in terms of Republican or Democrat. Sure, it was there in some ways, but not anywhere CLOSE to how it is presented today by any of the news networks, including precious little ole Fox News. Walter Cronkite was loved by both democrats and republicans back then. My grandfather was an "I Like Ike" republican kind of guy and absolutely loved Cronkite. My dad worked day and night for JFK, as I can remember and went into seclusion for a couple of days when he was shot, and often said that if you want the truth about what was happening in our country, you had to listen to Walter Cronkite.

Point is, today it is ALL ABOUT democratic and republican or better put, liberal or conservative. Back in the day, you were a republican or a democrat. You were not a conservative or a liberal. That, above all else, has been our division IMO.

Says a lot, does it not?

James, did you read the one comment on that article?

The trail of Cannonsgate corruption starts all the way back with Tom Fetzer’s government work? How could that be. Fetzer is a truthful man. He is not gay and he would never be part of a scheme for trading favors to help his buddies get rich.

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Funny stuff !! :)

Read it?

Very funny, Foxtrot.

Here's one problem as I see it: we don't have enough crazies.

When I scour media blogs in particular, the hate noise is deafening. Lefties lack either the time, the patience, the passion or the optimism needed hang in there. I know I can't stand it.

Maybe we're on to something.

So what are the media supposed to do?

this is discouraging. most good reporters I have known have tried to be fair and impartial, even factual. If the citizenry sends a message that they WANT distortion, why would a reporter in this bottom-line age give them an unbiased report? It's a lot harder to be clear and truthful than it is to have a point of view. We need to encourage the honest reporting of information, not just opinions.

Depends

Reporters present what they investigate or receive information on in a way that basically supports the views and opinions of their bosses and/or owners of the media source they work for in most cases. It is not always that way because most media sources want to be able to point to some opposing view of one of their reporters to say they are "balanced" in their presentations overall.

It is not hard to figure out.