Aug 6, 2014

Something very rotten in the state of newspapers

Why don't we trust the media any more? Former Media Watch executive producer David Salter says the internet and television are partly to blame.

Even on its own results, the “Trust in Media” survey labours under a misnomer. “Distrust in Media” would be closer to the mark.

With the sole exception of The Sydney Morning Herald, Essential Research has had to lump together the newspaper figures for “a lot of trust” and “some trust” to get any of its totals into positive territory (that is, beyond 50%). Only a few categories managed to jump even that low hurdle: local newspapers (52%), ABC and SBS TV news and current affairs (67% and 65% respectively), and ABC radio news and current affairs (63%). Those tireless cultural warriors at The Australian (A lot of trust — 14%, Not much trust — 21%) might take note of those figures for our national broadcasters, but I doubt it.

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13 thoughts on “Something very rotten in the state of newspapers

  1. klewso

    As I’ve said elsewhere, I too have “some trust” in our Curry or Maul – their Form Guide is usually fairly accurate.

  2. [email protected]

    Regarding level of trust in the Australian is the figure you quoted here correct or the one in this chart?

  3. Yclept

    My trust is displayed by where I’m willing to spend my media dollar. Guess what Crikey, you’re it, I will not spend a cent in the Newspeak Empire.

  4. Bill Hilliger

    Don’t know what to say about trust in regard to the Oz newspaper because I never buy the said shitty product. Meanwhile, I’ll give it the benefit of doubt: …I would not trust anything that pernicious paper published.

  5. Lach Hud

    I want to know who the severely intellectually disabled 9% are that have a lot of trust in the Courier Mail.

    Did the surveyors get their names and addresses so they can be institutionalised for their own safety.

  6. Pete from Sydney

    an ex media-watch executive bashing newspapers…who would thunk it?
    Although where he is right is that news has been supplanted by infotainment..not sure that it’s a decrease in quality in news reporting or more an increase in lack of exposure to actual news. If you don’t read how could you say you trust it?

  7. PDGFD1

    David, I’m not sure why you are apparently surprised.

    Hacking (and let’s not pretend it doesn’t happen here).
    Intervention into politics on a scale hitherto unknown.
    The dominance of ‘opinion’ pieces by partisan hacks.
    ‘Quick-draw’ articles with little fact checking.
    Inconsistent information across platforms (and over time).
    Click bait.
    Sub-editing skills, lack therof.

    Need I go on?

  8. Venise Alstergren

    Trust in the MSM??? You have to be joking!!

    Thanks to Rupert Murdoch who makes up the news as he goes along, and his venal hirelings, who constitute 79% of the written word there is nothing left to trust.

    Fairfax is heading towards oblivion. The coverage of the little boy who was abandoned was icky wicky ‘Hun’ journalism at its revolting worst.

  9. pritu

    Without Crikey and The Guardian we’d well and truly done for. Hope the New Matilda flourishes too. Must remember to give them some clicks.

  10. CML

    After the treatment visited upon Mike Carlton by the SMH, I expect their ‘trust’ to be in single figures at the next poll!!

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