Trust In Media At All Time Low: Majority Believe Reporters Purposefully Trying To Mislead People

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Each year, the American people seem to trust the media less and less. This year’s annual survey from Edelman shows trust in traditional media and social media are at all-time lows. The annual trust barometer, shared exclusively with Axios, found fewer than half of Americans trust traditional media for the first time since the survey began. The media doesn’t seem interested in repairing that trust. The first person Axios quoted about the problem was a woman trying to correct misinformation about vaccines – a laudable goal – but who told The New York Times: “[W]e don’t have a misinformation problem, we have a trust problem.” Except, media misinformation really is the problem for many Americans. The media regularly gets stories wrong, particularly big stories, with disastrous results.