Two out of three times, the media gets it wrong

When people say there’s nothing but “bad news,” they may mean wrong or slanted.

9-22-11-2.pngThe widely-shared belief that news stories are inaccurate cuts to the
press’s core mission: Just 25% say that in general news organizations
get the facts straight while 66% say stories are often inaccurate. As
recently as four years ago, 39% said news organizations mostly get the
facts straight and 53% said stories are often inaccurate.

But Americans have a very different view of the news sources they
rely on than they do of the news media generally. When asked to rate the
accuracy of stories from the sources where they get most of their news,
the percentage saying  these outlets get the facts straight more than
doubles. Fully 62% say their main news sources get the facts straight,
while just 30% say stories are often inaccurate.

 — A new Pew Research Center for the People & the Press attitudes survey. The survey finds negative attitudes are at record levels.

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