Poynter Institute Releases Study On Trust In The U.S. Media

Published: Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 4:22pm
Updated: Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 4:27pm

The Poynter Institute, which calls itself the world’s leading instructor and resource for informing citizens in 21st century democracies, is out with a new research that shows good news and bad news for American media.

The study, released this week, indicates that overall trust and confidence in the media has actually increased since President Trump took office to the highest levels observed since the 2001 terrorist attacks. But it also reflects that the president’s war of words on the press appears to have exacerbated partisan divisions in attitudes towards the media and journalism itself.

Joining us now to discuss the implications of this report are two guests who author it.

Indira Lakshmanan is Newmark chair of journalism ethics at the Poynter institute and a columnist at the Boston Globe.

And Brendan Nyhan is professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College.

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