MSNBC Anchor Admits MSM Might be Doing ‘More Harm Than Good’

The journalist cited all-time low trust in the media.

QUICK FACTS:
  • MSNBC’s Katy Tur spoke out about the possibility that the mainstream media could be harming the American people with their reporting methods.
  • “There was just a Gallup poll out today that shows that the trust in media – newspapers and television – is hitting an all-time low,” Tur said.
  • “People don’t trust us, they don’t believe us, and it makes me wonder if this job as I’m currently doing it is effective,” she went on to say, before pondering if she and the rest of the media are “doing more harm than good.”
  • “I don’t have a good answer for that,” she admitted.
THE GALLUP POLL:
  • The Gallup poll cited by Tur indicated that just 16% of Americans report having a “great deal/quite a lot of confidence in newspapers.” About 11% report feeling the same way about television news, according to the data released in July.
  • Democrats reported more approval and confidence in the media.
BACKGROUND:
  • Television and newspaper news are consistently ranked near the bottom of trusted news institutions, according to Gallup’s tracking, which began in 1973 and 1993, respectively.
  • However, the recent polling indicated a surprising drop in confidence for 11 of the 16 news institutions they measured, and no improvements for any.
  • Only Congress had less confidence from Americans than those in the news media.