Public trust in media on the rise as trust in Trump declines
Oct. 10, 2017
A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that Americans are putting more confidence in the news media, despite President Trump’s attacks on what he describes as, “the enemy of the American people.”
Phil Boas, the director of The Arizona Republic’s editorial department, says he has seen the shift firsthand. “We started getting the phone calls and letters to the editor saying, ‘for the first time in my life I understand why we have a free press,'” said Boas.
Arizona State University professor Fernanda Santos at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication believes this may be a result confirmation bias. Santos told Arizona Horizon she sees people enclosing themselves in their own bubble, trusting only the media that confirms what they want to hear.