Is fake news the problem?
You know the news media is getting desperate when they had to write this headline.
Poll shows Americans trust some media outlets more than Trump
Some media outlets are more trusted than a carnival barker that lies every time he speaks.
SOME! Not all. Just some of them.
Talk about a low bar to jump over. And then some of them can't even manage that.
Yet, that isn't the half of it. To get a good idea of just how despised and distrusted the news media is, consider this story.
According to a new survey first reported on Axios, more than half of people – 61 percent – say that they believe the claims made in television ads and other forms of advertising. That is an increase of 11 percent from similar questioning in 2014.
This increase in ad trust coincides with a major decrease in trust of news and media sources as Americans become more skeptical of so-called “fake news.” As Gallup recently noted, as many as 68 percent of Americans no loner trust the news, a record low.
To put this another way, Americans are far more likely to believe the ads for the penis enlargement pills and "get rich" investments than the actual news stories in the magazines they are reading.
Yes, it's that bad for the news media.
People's trust in the news media has been declining for a long time.
While just 20 percent of the public expressed a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in newspapers in 2016, that same measure was at 30 percent in 2006 and at 51 percent in 1979 (though it largely remained in the 30s over the years).
Facebook, Mozilla and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark want you to be able to trust the news again.
The three are part of a consortium of tech leaders, academics and nonprofits that are pouring $14 million into the creation of the News Integrity Initiative, they jointly announced on Monday.
I'm feeling more trusting already.