The Pew Research Centre has been evaluating public attitudes to press accuracy since 1985. Pubic perceptions of press accuracy are now at a 20-year low. You may be able to believe what you read, but most Americans don’t
Just 29% of Americans say that news organizations generally get the facts straight, while 63% say that news stories are often inaccurate. In the initial survey in this series about the news media’s performance in 1985, 55% said news stories were accurate while 34% said they were inaccurate. That percentage had fallen sharply by the late 1990s and has remained low over the last decade.
Similarly, only about a quarter (26%) now say that news organizations are careful that their reporting is not politically biased, compared with 60% who say news organizations are politically biased. And the percentages saying that news organizations are independent of powerful people and organizations (20%) or are willing to admit their mistakes (21%) now also match all-time lows.
Read the full report here. Or wait for it to appear in the Daily Telegraph. Your call.