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Trust and confidence
October 1, 2010 - Jim Anderson
No more online comments from Daily News readers.
Count me among those who are disappointed.
Here’s one reason why.
According to a recent Gallup poll, the majority of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.
Pollsters asked this question: “In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media (such as newspapers, TV, and radio) when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly — a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?”
Respondents hardly gave the media a ringing endorsement.
When combined, the categories of “not very much” and “none at all” totaled 57 percent — a record high for the poll.
The fact that Americans are skeptical is hardly surprising. And maybe even encouraging — at least when that skepticism is applied to the “mass media.”
Of course, closer to home, I can’t help but see the Gallup poll as harsh. If readers don’t trust the newspaper, obviously I’m concerned.
That’s why I’ll miss those online comments. They provided a window to reader suspicions — both for the staff and for other readers as well.
Unfortunately, the abuse of the privilege to comment eventually became intolerable for those trying to keep the site civil.
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