Crikey readers discuss trust in the mainstream media, and the fortunes of the war on internet piracy.
If commercial media want to undercut public broadcasting, they'll first need to bring Australians' trust in the ABC down to their own woeful level.
A low-trust political environment can have serious consequences for the kinds of governments we have. Even libertarians should be worried.
With global trust levels stagnating, and still declining in Australia, it's time we understood why people in democracies don't like their governments.
Our political environment is becoming ever more polluted with lies about major policy issues, undermining already low levels of voter trust.
Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull are trusted more than either of their leaders by voters, today's Essential Report shows, while Labor and unions are seen as the target of media bias.