Don't count out TV news just yet
As Gallup acknowledges that print news saw a similar decline in public confidence, with newspapers scoring just four points higher (but still not at its lowest, as it was in 2007).
"Fundamentally , [Americans] have never trusted journalists. There's always been a cynical view of the news business," says Powers.
Thompson too thinks fears over television news losing its relevance are overblown, even as the Internet has changed the media landscape. "One of these media isn't going to completely eliminate the other," He says. "If traditional news organizations went away, the Internet's role in news would be really challenged," as it is television and print publications who often pay to have journalists on ground filing the original reporting.
"You have to remember this time of amazing ferment," says Powers of the new channels and experiments that are reinventing television. "The trajectory of journalism is generally upward. We tend to be getting better."
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