A recent Gallup poll shows that public faith in the U.S. news media is at an all-time low.
WOFL Fox 35 News Orlando reporter Jackie Orozco didn’t help by posting a selfie of herself at the scene of a double murder on Instagram with the following caption: “So why are we smiling in front of a crime scene? Because we work in the news and it’s my Friday! #ReporterProblems.”
Only 22 percent of Americans surveyed by Gallup in a poll published on June 19 said they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers, down from 51 percent in 1979. For TV and internet news, the numbers are even worse, with only 18 percent of Americans saying they have confidence in TV news, compared to 46 percent in 1993 when Gallup first surveyed opinions about TV news, and only 19 percent saying they have confidence in news they see on the internet, compared with 21 percent in 1999, when Gallup first started asking that question.