Seventy-one percent of journalists and influencers think the public has lost trust in them, according to the recently released 2018 Global State of the Media Report from Cision. While troubling, it’s not surprising. Fake news, poor reporting practices and extremist groups masquerading as media outlets all contribute to an industry that struggles to define for the public what is true and accurate and what is not.
But it’s not all bad. Journalists who feel they’ve lost trust has decreased from 91 percent in 2017, which means that fewer feel they are losing ground with the public. Why the change?
Journalists are being publicly attacked
Perhaps the constant attacks on the media industry have made people pay more attention to what journalists do and the value they provide. For example, President Trump recently questioned the credibility of a well-known, trusted media outlet:
The Washington Post is far more fiction than fact. Story after story is made up garbage – more like a poorly written novel than good reporting. Always quoting sources (not names), many of which don’t exist. Story on John Kelly isn’t true, just another hit job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2018
And a few days later, he attacked a reporter from The New York Times with a potentially libelous statement in order to undercut the journalist’s investigative reporting and deflect attention from the true news story.
The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Haberman, known as a Crooked H flunkie who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will “flip.” They use….
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