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Pollster Gallup: Trust in Media Has Never Been so Low

New research has found that confidence in the establishment media, both print and broadcast, has sunk to an all-time low. The pollster Gallup analysed a sample size of over 18,000 people and discovered that each had lost an average of 5% over the past year.

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The recent survey found that television is the least trusted institution in the U.S. with only 11% of respondents saying they have a lot of trust in it.

Newspapers used to be trustworthy, but they received just 16%; at this point, banks and the criminal justice system are more trusted than the mainstream media.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald argued that, although historically low media ratings are largely due to a disillusionment with the overwhelming liberal bias in the global news media, the ability for polls to register a trust rating above zero is said to be thanks to voters siding with self-described center-left organizations who, despite differing from hardened left-wing groups, still identify as liberal.

Journalists again refused to apply their own self-criticism, a point that has been made in the past by Greenwald. A recent study found that people in America have less trust in the media than they do elsewhere, with a third of people barely trusting any form of it.

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