CoastLine: Distrust of the Media

Nov 11, 2016

Throughout election season, Donald Trump referred to the media as "dishonest and crooked." But that assessment is not limited to the President-elect. 

According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media "to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly" has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history. 32% of those polled say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. That's down eight percentage points from last year. And it's fallen along partisan lines. According to that same poll, only 14% of Republicans say they trust the media. That's a drop of more than 50% compared to last year.

On this episode, we'll explore how the news media has changed over the years--and specifically, how it's adjusted to this unorthodox election cycle. 


  • Dr. David Paletz, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Duke University
  • Dr. Ellen Mickiewicz, James R. Shipley Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University and the author of No Illusions: The Voices of Russia's Future Leaders
  • Dr. Jennifer Brubaker, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in the Communications Studies Department