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September 16th, 2009
08:42 AM ET

Do You Trust the News Media?

A new survey from the Pew Research Center shows that only 29% of Americans feel the media "generally gets the facts straight." This is down from 55% in 1985. The new survey also found that 60% of Americans think news organizations are politically biased.

We want to know what you think.
Do you trust the media? Why or why not?
Post your comments below.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
soundoff (584 Responses)
  1. Carol Dew

    Absolutely not. Two main reasons (but by far not the only ones):

    1. Failure to do your job in the leadup to the Iraq invasion

    2. The multiple passes given to the Bush administration over torture

    You only report that which serves your corporate agenda.

    September 16, 2009 at 8:49 am |
  2. Julia Labadie

    I trust Anderson Cooper. I think he is fair and delivers news moreso than his own opinion. I do enjoy watching other news programs, but I do not necessarily believe everything they say.

    September 16, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  3. Eric from Ft. Lauderdale

    Dear Heidi,
    I do and sometimes I don't. Since the President got elected we live, breathe, and go to sleep literally listening to what the President does or says. This is not healthy in some aspects. CNN in my view IS the best news organization in the world, but it has to balance the news better focusing on other stories that matter in America, such as what Americans are doing to get over this economy with American ingenuity and perseverance. How to leverage resources etc. Far be it for me to challenge the Fed Chairman, this recession is no where being over. He has a job, and I don't, and that's not by choice. Each one of those millions of people who are unemployed translate into a provider not being able to do his/her fair share for their families or their country. We need to feel the news better and join as a team with CNN to get through it. CNN in my view has a responsibility as a major source of news to rise above the fray and do encouraging projects to instill confidence. Remember people watch you...do good with that!. Please focus on stories which are positive and encouraging to people. Many out there are depressed, scared, and in the dumps while some of you say the economy is recovering. With all due respect, no its not...at least not yet to many people. People who have jobs God Bless them, they are lucky. But MANY millions are not. Lets do this right and fairly.

    Thank you :-)
    -Eric from Ft. Lauderdale

    September 16, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  4. Mike Armstrong TX.

    I trust CNN and as long as i have watched there seldom wrong 95% right

    September 16, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  5. Todd

    There are many good reasons why people don't trust the news.

    The media is owned buy just a couple of companys that can sway the opinion to their favor. How about reporters, it is very hard to find one that is truthful and they allways have to give thier two cents on things, be it in the way of a laugh or a snicker or just coming out and saying how they feel about that subject. I don't care what the reporter thinks I can make up my own mind what I think about a certian topic.

    I could go on all day about the misinformation that gets put out there by the media.

    So I have turned to alternative media to get informed.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  6. Josh

    The news does offer important information in a timely manner, however its need to over analyze the situations at hand tends to distort the actual views being presented to the public.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  7. Joanna

    It's hard to trust when the reporters are trying to get "scoops" and don't seem to check the facts before they report. They go too fast.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  8. TJ in SanJuan

    Absolutely NOT! So called news organizations more often than not "create" controversies so they can report them even when no significant controversy ever existed in the first place.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  9. john e. campbell

    I trust CNN, my local news & my lost newspaper.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  10. Linda Grubbs

    Absolutely not!! I channel surf every day, trying to be objective, and the media leans so far left most of the time, I find myself yelling at the "news" people

    September 16, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  11. Karyn

    Not really. I think the combination of the 24-hour news cycle and the rise and legitimacy of tabloid media (think TMZ) has ruined the news. Since news is now on 24 hours a day, I think most new organizations are in too much of a rush to beat another group to the story and they don't bother to fact-check. They also rely more on bloggers and internet media who don't have the same dedication to being accurarate, honorable or truthful.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  12. Andrew Bayuk

    Truly the so-called "news" on TV has hit an all time low. Driven by primarily ad sponsors and corporate lobbying, the news we see on TV is little better than tabloid journalism. All day long we hear supposed "news" reports that might as well begin, "rumor has it that...". These particles of gossip are then endlessly speculated upon, editorialized and peppered with inexpert personal opinion as the stories weave their way through the broken 24-hour news cycle. This negates a check and balance that journalism used to have on our political system.

    The day of responsible journalism, which checks its sources, verifies and substantiates initial reports, are all but over. In its place we have interest driven propaganda. Some so-called news sources purposefully slant the news, such as Fox and MSNBC, but the rest have been become little more than uninteresting talk shows. It's very difficult to get to the meat of any real story, we have to watch a story be launched in a hyperbolic hyped rumor style, and then over the course of many days or weeks get distilled down to its real substance.

    Personally, I am to the point where I can't even watch TV news anymore, and I have to get my news online where I can get a little closer to reading the actual story. Still an imperfect system, but I don't have to hear the inane babbling that includes inappropriate emotional reaction and hand wringing to horrible crisis and trauma.

    I challenge any TV Station or Network to step up and provide a real news alternative, one that follows the true rules of responsible journalism, with proper verification and vetting of news reports. Any news program that does that will gain a large audience once the word gets out. The program may not constantly be "scooping" all the other news programs, but it will be trusted and be an American Treasure, instead of an American Disgrace....

    Sincerely,
    Andrew

    September 16, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  13. Cindy Plachinski

    Dear Heidi,
    I do trust the media, specifically CNN. However, I also know that a person must use their brains to filter and decide on which news reports ring true and which have a spin,even from the news sources we trust.
    These are basic skills which I learned in early school years, and I hope the schools are still teaching these skills.
    Thanks for your reporting.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  14. Matt

    I DONT trust CNN the Obama cheerleading network..CNN regularly reports with a PRO DEM/Obama slant on practically every issue..I guess they think were stupid...Might explain your ratings though. Your commentators and so Called new people are Liberal Democrats..Where was CNN on the ACORN story? MIA

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  15. Maggie Clarke, Ph.D.

    The media can't be trusted to provide truthful reporting because they insist on covering two sides of a story. It used to be that both sides were versions of truth, but no more. Often one side is manufacturing lies to serve its own purposes. CNN does not have or use its experts to determine which side is telling the truth. It abdicates its responsibility when it does that. In many cases it's easy enough, especially when looking at a piece of legislation, to tell the public what it says or doesn't say.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  16. Alice

    No!! They do not check their facts well before reporting them to the public. Example: The coast guards training run on the Patomac River on 9/11/2009. They don't tell the whole story. They give their opinions rather than just reporting the facts.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  17. Ron

    While I doubt that the media is often factually inaccurate, the stories each network chooses to cover and the way in which stories are framed definately leads viewers to conclude bias and hidden agenda on the part of media outlets. In such a politically divisive climate it is only natural that these perceived biases be interpreted as factual inaccuracies by those of opposing political opinions.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  18. Mark Stone

    Not at all!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  19. GIJane

    Having worked in law enforcement / military for over 30 years, I have seen / read very inaccurate news stories, some where I have personal knowledge because I worked the case or was there. Best to gather your own facts, and come to your own conclusions about "news stories."

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  20. DAVID FLOMO

    Absolute NO!!! Often news are manufactured, misleading, and merely opinions of the newscasters and not news makers. You all can do better and we expect non less.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  21. Al

    Heidi, I only watch CNN so my comments are based on reporting by you, Anderson, Wolf, Rick Sanchez, Don Lemmon, Tony, and the other greats at CNN. I think you guys do good reporting but many times I think the stories are overly dramatized and sensationalized...just stay focused on the facts and don't try to make more of a story than what's really there. Keep up the good work. Compared to other news orgs, you guys are tops.

    Al

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  22. Jim Michaelson

    No Why the nonreporting of Acorn scandle? Looks like a huge story but little coverage except on fox.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  23. Sheldon Groover

    No I do not trust the media. I feel that to make a story, media will say whatever is needed to be said to make that story.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  24. Terry

    Hello
    I trust the news media to bring us reasonably accurate stories if they are in the newspaper or on the national networks. The cable news channels including CNN have, for the most part, become sources of news entertainment and I only trust them to bring sensationalism most of the time and then milk it to death. Sorry, sad but true.
    Generally lately I wish CNN would just run historical movies most of the day and only come online when there is true news occurring... not endless radical and senseless nattering...

    All the best.

    Terry

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  25. Barbara

    CNN is more trustworthy and unbiased as compared to MSNBC and FOX. However, even many of the CNN "anchors" express far too much of their own opinion. I yearn to hear unbiased reporting, which is getting so much harder to find.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  26. Ahni D Richardson-Brown

    I am tired of the microscope on the President and I am also disappointed of the lack of respect towards President Obama when you guys refer to him as Mr Obama or just Obama. He is the President and should be respected at all times! In regards to racism you guys don't call it and President Obama is working like a horse and he's not getting credit for that from CNN.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  27. Lynn in NYC

    It's harder to trust the media when you ask people – myself included – for their opinions. As if it's news! It's NOT! Things get watered down, become too subjective. Newscasters – except for PBS and maybe the network anchors – let their own personal opinions seep into the coverage. I think all these new technologies have made us a pretty nutty culture.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  28. Mark

    The media seems to be all about promoting controversy. They will stretch the truth or report only half the story in order to get the biggest reaction from the public. Rick Sanchez was doing his best to keep the fire going over Joe Wilson yesterday when it seemed many people just wanted to move on. Makes it difficult to trust the news when you question the motives.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  29. Enrico

    I lost my trust in the media during the runup to the last presidential election because of the extreme partisanship of the networks' newscasters.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  30. mark moberg

    It is not a matter of does the media report the truth. Much that is reported is truth; however, far too often major networks leave out important points or opinions which can only lead one to believe there is an agenda. Currently the agenda for some appears to be pro-Obama and anti conservative. What else would explain the decline in certain "liberal" news (I use that term loosely) oulets such as MSNBC and the New York Times.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  31. gw13

    The main reason i dont trust the news is because we live in the youtube era. When you can pull up the video of news personalities lying about the amount of people at a rally, after you get the actual numbers, how are you able to trust the news.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  32. Cindy Plachinski

    CNN by far, has the team I trust the most for correct reporting of the issues, and, on a lighter note, you all are sooooo good looking!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  33. Raymond Leonard

    The media is very biased.

    The media chooses what it wants to cover in fact most people didn't even know there was a protest in DC with close to 2 million people there. But we did know Joe Wilson was going to be punished because of his comment during Obama's speech.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  34. Brandon

    I do not believe everything I hear on the news because most news stations are owned by a larger company.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  35. Andrew

    I don't trust any one source for anything anymore – too many stations in the news media have a political/corporate agenda to make them trustworthy... also with 24 hour news needing to constantly "break" a story, the competition breeds the inaccuracy in reporting you see now...
    you'd rather be first 35% of the time than right 100% of the time...

    September 16, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  36. Doug Hauser

    The media fails repeatedly and miserably to do its job. Instead of holding government accountable, the media has reduced itself to being little more than stenographers, blithely presenting 2 sides to a story, as if they are both equally valid, regardless of how ridiculous, untrue, or inaccurate one side might be. Allowing messengers to "control the message" as Dick Cheney put it is the hallmark of the US media today.

    The media also is distrusted because of its insistence on reporting ad nauseum trivial, gossipy stories while substantially ignoring important, crucial issues that affect the American public.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  37. R Milburn

    With an unfortunatly small number of exceptions, the news media today tends to not report the news, but rather their own opinion of the news. The viewer never knows if they are hearing the whole truth or just what that station wants to focus on, based on there political leaning. Its sad.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  38. Richard Highland

    The problem with trusting the news is not related to the headlines covered, but to the commentaries most reporters feel necessary to accompany their reports.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  39. Mike

    I am not here to point fingers at any news media. Because every news media is not perfect. But the media always seems to me is that they sometimes have to fabricate the story for ratings. If they could just get the story straight and truthful, and correct themselves when they have made a mistake. I would have no problem believing what they media says. But sadly, that always doesn't happen in todays world.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  40. Nancy

    I have less trust in TV news since it became a profit center rather than a public service of the networks. The drive for ratings has tainted the news. The recent handling of the Coast Guard training exercise (on 9/11) is illuminating. CNN rushed the story to the air without doing Journalism 1A fact checking. Speed was more important than accuracy.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  41. Katherine

    I think even the better media is to a large extent glorified gossip. The effort to be balanced means that you repeat lies and nonsense over and over without making clear that they are lies. There's a real lack of depth in coverage even when coverage is 24/7.

    I also think that after Watergate there was a shift in how news was covered. Everyone wanted to be the next Woodward and Bernstein so instead of looking for TRUTH, reporters started looking for lies. This led to a number of things. Toxic cynicism and a failure to really go into the kind of depth required by truth seeking. It has polluted news coverage. That and the fact that too much media is controlled by too few people and much of what passes for news is partisan hackery means that ignorance and distortion are rampant.

    Thanks,
    Katherine R.
    Hancock, NY

    September 16, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  42. Lindsay

    I am always skeptical of the information coming from the media. It is not necessarily always the media who I think are at fault for not reporting the facts, though. For example, it is now a known fact that the former Bush Administration spun our media headlines regarding the 'situation' in Iraq in order to get him re-elected. The information the government chose to give American people was skewed so I'm not surprised that the news media was as well. I think it's better to be critical and seek out your own facts from several sources than to just believe everything you hear from one source anyway. It makes for smarter Americans as a whole.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  43. Taison

    Now that we get our news from so many diverse sources (24 hour cable TV, blogs, comedy shows, twitter, etc) it has become much harder to ensure the objectivity and accuracy of our news. Long gone are the days where we all tuned in for the evening news.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  44. Roberto Ortega

    Generally yes, I trust most outlets. I understand the public sentiment however. Politicians that prefer to hide the truth often demonize the mainstream media. Also, some highly biased newspapers and one highly biased channel produce reports that are 180 degrees in the opposite direction of the mainstream. This can lead to confusion and general skepticism of the entire industry.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  45. Dan Leahy

    Let's see. One of our premier humanitarians, Jimmy Carter, makes a statement that is obviously true. Any look at the signs they carry, or a listen to what they say, proves that many at the "tea parties" are blatant racists. Yet CNN closes the segment with a quote from Mark Williams, tea party organizer, claiming that Carter is making a stupid statement. The placement of the Williams quote at the end of the piece indicates that is the sentiment CNN wants to leave with the viewers. Pitiful. And you wonder why the public doesn't trust the media?

    September 16, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  46. Sunshine

    Of course not. Yer all bought and payed for.

    The only way to get any truth from you is to spend all your time watching all the news , fox/CNN/npr/bbc. After a few months of that you begin to get a sence of 'the spin'.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  47. Gwen

    I definitely do not trust the news media. It seems that the news is reported according to the biased opinion of the reporter. It would be refreshing if we could just hear the news as it happens, and then forn our own opinions.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  48. charles cumbie

    NO. the media is no longer any different than the old communist news agencies. A common marxist in the white house, who was created by the media is proof enough for me.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  49. DAVID CABLER

    Heidi, I have to ask one question in regards to the accuracy of news media. why is CNN not covering the Acorn scandal? I enjoy your network, but why am I watching FOX news for this coverage? I despise that channel.

    David Cabler, Port Huron, MI

    September 16, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  50. Marty Homan

    No I don't trust the media, not because of inaccurate information. The information that the media gives is so one sided and slanted to the views of a certain group . This includes both sides Liberal left & the Conservative right. Start doing investigations again and report what happens don't make it fit any agenda. Report the news don't add your opinion we don't care what you think we want information.Your job is to just report not give your opinion.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  51. Dyson

    These days, responsible journalism is unheard of. It's all about "sensationalism" rather than reporting true content. I watch CNN because Anderson Cooper tries to do the right thing.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  52. Dorothy Hall

    I feel the media is so competitive today, that reporters have to rush around getting stories back to the studio, and therefore do not always check the facts. We hear a story one day, then something entirely different the following day. it's difficult knowing what to believe sometimes.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  53. Jay Ferguson

    In general, no I don't trust or respect the Media. News used to be unbiased AND a fiscal loss leader so boring or not the news was presented. Since news becam a profit maker the "legitamate news" reminds me more of the "rags" sold at the checkout counter. For example, you all spent weeks covering "death panels" because the hater-quitter (someone know for her grasp of current affairs – NOT) said it. Hell the Repulicans have favored end-of-life education for years, that is until it was put forward by the cowardly Democrats. Cowardly because they won't stand by their guns. You constantly cover the right wing crazies (birthers, Obama haters) rather than the boring every-man who has legitamate gripes. STOP IT... ignore the liars (and you know who they are – if you don't find a new job) and focus on the legitamate complaints. I know this is not going to get shown but I have to voice my feelings.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  54. Shane McCool

    It is becoming harder everyday to trust what the media is telling us as a public is indeed the truth. When it comes to politics it is very evident that you can get contradicting stories coming from the media depending on which channel you are watching. For example it is obvious any story featuring President Barack Obama that you would find on FOX "news" is politically driven and it is hard for me to believe a word of anything that comes out of their mouths. What happened to the Walter Cronkite's of the world? That man wouldn't report a story unless he had cold, hard facts. RIP Mr. Cronkite.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  55. Michelle

    I feel the news media focus is reporting negative aspects of the news for the most part.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  56. Jean S.

    Distrust of the media grows as people become more sophisticated. They know that owners of large media outlets have their own agendas. They also know that sensationalism sells, hence the focus on protests, brawls, bad behavior in general. If we go to hell, it won't be the devil waiting for us, it will be a talking head.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  57. John from Champaign IL

    The media tends to presents it opinion, and that opinion points towards the negative side because conflict, bad news etc. sells more. That sells more people to watching and when more watch then advertisers pay more for the time slot and the media has bigger profits. Bad news makes more profits.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  58. Chris Collins

    As a whole, most media giants are politically biased and barely reporting based on real, honest jouralistic integrity. Gone are the days that the majority of news outlets are truly looking out for the people and providing them news. Most reports are commentary and personal opinion. Big stories get ignored based on political persuasion. You're all guilty. I no longer trust anyone. Since you can never fully trust the gov't, now we can't trust you, we must rely on our ability or lack thereof to filter through all the bull in todays information age. What happened to honor and integrity?

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  59. Kayla

    No ! the media has an agenda just like everyone they report on

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  60. Mike Armstrong TX.

    CNN is no.one FOX news is old school there technoligy hasnt been upgraded to modern day trends in at least three hundred years.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  61. Sean, Philadelphia

    I trust the intentions of most news media outlets, but I think the issue stems from a failure to recognize the lack of any attainable objectivity. Every news story, no matter how hard any reporter tries, won't be able to cover all perspectives. What's important in the story differs from person to person and reporter to report. The details one network decides to cover can create an entirely different impression than another network. Once you mix in the obvious entertainment aspects and revenue needs of a station it allows a lot of room for error. The only way to combat this is to branch out and consume information from a variety of sources and not focus on only one network or medium.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  62. ron k

    I believe that part of the problem with public trust of the medi outlets is that it seems the main stream news outlets are covering more fluff. These range from over coverage of what should be entertainment news, everything from Britney Spears, Micheal Jackson and countless other stories that should be on entertainment tonight.

    Please start cover the real issues and problems that we face as a country.

    Ron

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  63. Joe

    Heidi,

    It really depends on the news organization.

    FOX news has been biased to the Republican agenda from it's inception so they have zero credibility in my opinion.

    CNN has always been my trusted news source.

    However, I must say that you guys over-analyze when it comes to the Wolfe Blizter segments.

    Let's get back to the Cronkite era. More facts, less hype.

    Joe

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  64. Les

    I try to watch all media reporting but have found a divide on what each outlet finds "important". This divide always seems based on ideology and politics. This distrust of the media is possibly heavily correlated to that divide and results in what the public deem as reliable and accurate. The public is quickly growing tired of the Spin and agenda of the media. Just report the news, facts and BOTH sides of a debate. The current ACORN story is a perfect example of selective reporting based on ideologies. Many outlets are skipping over a story that may include corruption, politics and waste of tax payer money.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  65. Jennifer

    I think we would all trust news organizations more if all news reporters/networks would just leave their opinions and political ideas out and just report the news. Leave it to the people to decide after being given the truth of the reports.

    Where are the reports of Acorn and the frauds and cheats that is going on in that organization? That is OUR tax-payer money!! Doesn't anyone want to clean up people like this or is this just where our country is going? It is sad that people are to scared to ivestigate or speak out to protect us Americans, because they are on one side of the political line. STOP caring about Democrats or Republicians and start being Americans. Soon this country will be no better then any other country.......

    Maybe we would get somewhere on this whole health care system issue if we stop the partisian nonsense. Do what is right!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  66. Ed Seattle

    I have lost confidence in most of the media. Most stories are presented in a manner that is favorable to the political view of the news organization. It is very obvious to a middle of the road person. Worst of all is the denials by the news people....are they not even aware of what they are doing????

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  67. S. Johnson

    No. There is such a bias that is carefully edited across the political spectrum with several major media outlets that some stories lack critical detail.

    I have to go back and forth on different news websites and TV channels in order to piecemeal together the full story of any important news topic.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  68. Randy

    My wife and I were in Washington on 9/12/09. What we experienced was not portrayed in the media. We now question all news stories reported on the news. We have recently chosen topics of interest and viewed how other news outlets report the same topic. Some do not cover the story while others insert an obivous slant to the facts. The media seems to be making policy rather then reporting.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  69. Tim Dekker

    Heidi,

    I think the media in general are simply losing their objectivity. I grew up in the time of Walter Cronkite and Huntley / Brinkley. While I'm sure they had their personal opinions on the news, it never seemed to come through in their reporting. Now, everyone seems to have an agenda and to hell with the facts. It's sad to watch.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  70. Del Callman Spicewood Texas

    There's good reason for your poll results. Very few news organizations do their homework and clealy have political agendas. I don't even watch the big three anymore. There are a couple of exceptions. Kurtz on your network and O'Reilly on Fox actually seem to take their jobs seriously and bring the truth to the viewer without a bunch of spin. The current ACORN scandal is a perfect example. This is a major story but few are bringing it to the attention of the taxpayer.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  71. Annelisa Davis

    Hello,

    I never believe the media. They try to take the most innocent event and turn it into a huge sensational controversy. With our news media today it's all about their ratings – their money from advertisers- their channels popularity. They don't want to just give " the actual, factual honest news". So, I take everything I hear on the news with a HUGE grain of salt.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  72. Leland

    The news should consist of facts and reason only. No personal opinion, conjecture, or political propaganda should be considered news.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  73. Scott French

    Absolutly not, I am an average guy, 45 years old, two children, one grandchild. I am self-employed and stay in tune with current events. I view the News media as being very one sided. I have to say, except for FOX NEWS all others need to be for the people and the country.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  74. Marilyn

    I do not trust the media, especially television network news which has become more op ed and politicized based on the views of its owners. CNN especially has changed from not conducting real journalism during the Bush years out of fear to lambasting President Obama at every opportunity.

    What happened to responsible and true journalism? CNN is instead responsible for partially fueling the flames of racism in politics just for higher ratings. This is a dangerous precedent and does not serve the population.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  75. Juan Hernandez

    I have always considered CNN to be my main news media outlet. Having said that, I have noticed an extremely biased trend in favorable coverage to the current President. Although this trend is more so on your competitors such as MSNBC, CNN has unfortunately negated to correspond on important issues that although may politically harm the current administration, are non the less important. This neglect of issues such as the ACORN and Van Johnson scandal has led me to venture to a news outlet I never thought I would watch. Sadly, in my opinion, Lou Dobbs is the only person that I feel I can get 100% of the truth from in the media. Also, Fox news Bill O'Reilly has gotten my attention. I may not agree with his political stances at all times, but at least I can count on his honesty and he admits when he is wrong. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to voice our opinions. Perhaps this is the neccessary beginning step to unbiased news correspondance in the media in the future.

    Juan Hernandez

    September 16, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  76. Wayne Baud

    I do not trust newspapers, ABC, NBC, MSNBC or CBS. I think ALL the news networks, including CNN and Fox, have an agenda by which they tell news stories. They all have a jaded slant that helps promote that agenda.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  77. Kevin

    Heidi,

    How can you and your producers even ask this question when Kanye West gets more coverage than a war we're fighting? Yep, the future news director is finishing up his last beer as I type, headed off to his next class, Creative Writing 404.

    Kevin
    New Jersey

    September 16, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  78. Fernanduxters

    No, I don't trust the media anymore. All they care about is the negative part of the story and that's it, Just to lure viewers in for higher ratings. I always search online to get the full scoop.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  79. roger

    No way would I trust the news media, it seems as if they are more interested in playing "gotcha" than in accurate reporting! Truth seems to mean next to nothing when compared to the desire for ratings. Every item is presented as earth shattering, even when it is mundane.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  80. Joseph Mihaylo

    You cannot trust completly what you see on tv. You need to do your own research. I watched the town hall meeting "live" with Arlen Specter. All day they showed the clip when a man stood up and yelled at him. Later that night on a different channel I watched the clip again BUT it was edited. The whole reason why Arlen was saying what he was saying was gone. If I had never watched the live clip I would have thought that Arlen was yelling at the guy. I don't know why that other network was not fined for being misleading. They didn't report the news as it happened, they editted it to show what they wanted.
    Thank you for your hard work.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  81. maurice

    I trust news networks to an extent. It is important to fact check information on your own. Some networks have a lot of slant in their stories but CNN never let's me down.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  82. Renee Reneau

    No. Todays media is biased, reporting only that which supports its political agenda. The best and most current example is Charles Gibson's statement that he doesn't know anything about the latest Acorn scandal. WHAT? The American ppl do!....unless, of course, they are only watching certain news channels such as Gibson's. The biggest rip off of American tax payers money isn't being yawned at. It wasn't even on Gibson's radar because it's tuned only to that which supports his agenda. I used to be a fan of Gibson's. But no more.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  83. Calvin Allen

    For the most part, i think that news reporters do a good job, its just unfortunant that you have peaple or shows like the fox network that desroy or damage the good reporters or shows image.
    SICK OF FOX!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  84. tasha

    I don't trust anything the news media report. It is out of control. News shows, newspapers, magazines, and entertainment media shows are all dishonest at times. I can say that at one point, reporters were people we could trust. That is no longer the case. They choose what is important, and may add a little to make it juicy. They think it is ok. The media don't even realize the large part they play with the raicsm, down economy, low morals, and unethical happenings here in America. It is a shameful business, and I would never want to be a part of it.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  85. charles Christenson

    Hello Heidi

    As mentioned before about Iraq and torture but my analysis of the media is that less and less of news content is facts and more and more opinion. Even if the opinion has no relation to the facts provided.

    New media especially TV is becoming a 'shawk box' for 2 sides of the issue that most of the time both have no relation to facts of the news going on here and abroad.

    Even locally reporters do not dig for the facts in news nor do they check the facts provided from their sources. BBC and NPR are the best for me to know what going on the world.

    I hope you improve your news product. Thank you,

    Charles Christenson

    September 16, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  86. Ocir

    CNN is thebest of the lot although I trust Cafferty the least.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  87. anne

    No. Not CNN. It seems you have no journalists left!!!!! Where is your coverage on Acorn & SEIU ? Your silence is deafening. As a retiree I am sick of my tax dollars going to such org. I am sure millions of Americans feel the same. We need to hear from CNN on these matters & many more items of interest. Stop being so biased & start reporting the news like we expect.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  88. jack gott

    Most major 'media' platforms have ZERO credibility. Example: CNN's "YouTube" debate in last year's presidential race, in which CNN assured all participants were independent and non-affiliated, but then it was revealed that virtually every 'independent questioner' was in fact a part of Democratic campaigns. Second example: independent journalists videotape a sitting President's former employer facilitating child prostitution, and the CNN commentator's initial reaction is to scream in outrage that ACORN had been "entrapped" by hidden camera's (where was the outrage when 60 Minutes did hidden cameras and ambush interviews for the last 30 years?).. Third example: almost every time Anderson Cooper 'reports' on the tea party protests he makes derogatory giggles about "tea bag people". Need I go on?

    September 16, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  89. Sam Bagley

    I feel the news is exagerated by the media. For instance the economy would be in better shape if media did not make so much about it. Terrorist would not have so much control of our fears if the media did not cover it so much.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  90. SteveG

    Ms Heidi

    It's not so much a trust thing I have trouble with (except 1 network) it's the lack of telling the WHOLE story. Foer example. WIlson and the lie comment, instead of just showing the comment over and over, evryone should of done as Rick S did yeasterday and proven him right or wrong.

    If the media told the WHOLE story, the "people wouldn't be so confused.

    Quit reporting sound bites if your not going to tell the whole story, this economy is in trouble, we taxpayers keep getting hit while the media play games with 1/2 truths.

    I do come to CNN and The Lehrer Hour for my news and I go to Fox for a laugh or if my blood pressure gets too low.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  91. Ada Lloyed

    How can we trust the media, when no one buy Fox is reporting on ACORN & SEIU, being totally crooked and we are giving them our money????

    September 16, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  92. Shantice NY

    News media has changed alot over the years. unfortunately not for the best. News Media such as Cnn, Msnbc seem to leave out key details and fail to comment or criticize on key subjects. Fox News leans more to the Republican side, but even with that said they seem to cover the full story and are not shy about their opinions.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  93. Lauren

    Heidi,
    I'm an R.N. and I strongly feel that the media does not give accurate information, especaIly health information. You do a good job at reporting the NEWEST news but not the most accurate or educated news for our citizens. The health care information is not reliable and I have patients and their families come to the hospital with bogus information or in a "tizzy"becuase of what they saw on TV. This is unsafe for Americans.
    I also have a boyfriend in the US Army. He was deployed twice and each time he came home he would watch the news and videos and say that's not what's really going on. It's scary to think you have the power to skew Americans view of the war by on by not giving them accurate information. Perhaps you should get more reliable sources. During his deployments I chose not watch any news station because of the inaccurate information shown on national television.
    Thank you,
    Lauren

    September 16, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  94. You Me

    While I find it necessary to evaluate each news report separately, on the whole, news reports about politics or that have political consequences are rarely neutral, and often outright dishonest. The worst major media offender seems to be Fox News, but certain CNN news programs have been guilty of this shameful behavior too. It seems the motivation for such bias and dishonesty seems to be ratings, and thus revenue generation. It is a free country. But, the problem is that these programs claim to "report the news", when in fact they are really "spinning the news for entertainment purposes". The potential and actual negative consequences for the country and its citizens are a grave concern.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  95. Michael K

    Media reliability has suffered due to corporate concentration of media outlets. Several outlets, owned by the same corporation, report the same story over and over again. This echo chamber inflates the importance of some stories simply because they are repeated again and again.

    The 24-hour cable news cycle and the rise of advocacy media also introduces noise into the signal.

    Impartiality is a myth and should be. I want to know your agenda as it helps me judges what you present as facts.

    Even so, this does not equate, say, MSNBC to Fox News. While the leanings of both are clear, MSNBC at least traffics in facts. Fox News does not.
    Witness their recent claims that a march on DC of 75,000 Tea Party protestors approached 2 million. This is a clear example of the big lie philosophy used so effectively since the 1930's.

    I believe I can get the facts by triangulating the media. Of the big 3 cable operations, CNN is probably the most accurate. All of them have the corporate agenda, but CNN seems to work hard at presenting as many true facts as possible. You do not claim the birth certificate is fake (network wide), and you do not claim all tea party protesters are racists.

    Most people just seek out the facts they agree with. Those they do not like are assumed to be false.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  96. cyrillo

    i still trust the media specially CNN but some "journalists" are now voicing more their personals views instead of reporting the story in a simple and objective way.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  97. Jane McGahee

    The media is abosolutely biased! I've seen it over and over, especially on CNN. Lou Dobbs is the only newsman you have that I trust, and still not 100%, based on his program last night. When I do watch CNN, it's to find out what's NOT being reported. I have to turn to the internet. Edward R. Murrow would turn over in his grave!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  98. Randy Smith

    That's too broad of a question to be answered with a "Yes or No".
    I trust your reporting but someone like Fox News is nothing more than a right-wing blog for Republicans. The main-stream channels tend to look for sensationalism rather than pure fact. Our local newspaper here in Sonora,CA prints what the locals want to hear.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  99. Pam

    In answer to your question, NO! The MSM has gone so far to the left that there is a bias there that has tainted all news, especially political news. Anyone can see that the major networks had an agenda this past election and it was to see that Obama was elected. All things positive about Obama were displayed and any negative was ignored or greatly downplayed. Now when ACORN is being exposed for the corrupt organization that it is with four undercover video tapes being released, the census dropping them from work there and now the senate voting to stop their housing funds with a vote of 83 to 7, Charlie Gibson anchor of the evening news on ABC when asked about the ACORN tapes just yesterday said he didn't know a thing about this. This is a sad day for TV news when the anchor himself of the nightly news is unawaare of a story this big with so many implications for the public. With the exception of some cable networks like CNN and FOX News, the public would have no idea of what is going on in our country or the world for that matter. Journalism is dead when it takes a 20 yr old and a 25 yr old young couple to do this undercover work on ACORN and are left to be the ONLY example of true investigative reporting left in America.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  100. Joe

    Ms.Collins:
    The media is extremely bias and tells the story the way they would like it told. It has no content of truth and answers your own question about a lack of trust in the media. Whenever I hear breaking news I have to chuckle and think here they go again with scare tactics
    and the like.
    What's more I personally think the people in the media are extremely rude and never present for the many viewers on the receiving end of their electronic communication. I can bear witness that I have never received a response to any thought provoking letter I have ever written.
    Subsequently, I have learned to give them their own rx of pretending they don't exist.
    Yours Truly,
    Joe Bragoti
    Studio Musician
    Songwriter

    September 16, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  101. Tamara Jarvis

    The news personnel have been so indoctrinated with the liberal agenda that they are no longer objective in how they report news. What they have come to believe is right or wrong is strongly reflected in how the news is handled and reported, and even more so in what is NOT reported. Dishonesty and deception in news media is just another byproduct of the lack of morals that has overtaken our society.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  102. Bob Holmes

    Over the years, I have steadily lost faith in the accuracy of reporting on CNN, especially topics surrounding the political arena. It seems that instead of reporting the facts, CNN commentators (especially Wolf and Lou) tend to give their own personal slant, offen appearing to have a personal political slant based on their own political agenda. These two are not the only ones doing that. My wife and I (for two), are tired of it and often turn off CNN. Example, President Obama is only trying to improve living conditions in the country with Health Care reform and CNN needs to give more time to the facts than sensationalized reporting on small anti-reform groups who "by far" are not representing that silent majority that favor Health Care reform. My wife an I are neither Democrat or Republican and always base our votes on whomever is doing best for the average citizen. Respectfully submitted.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  103. Derek

    I think that it's difficult to trust the news that we hear today because of the competition between news outlets. Whether it be CNN, MSNBC, or FOX news. The news outlets are more concerned about who is going to break the story first and have more viewers than they are about getting the facts completely right before putting the story out to the public.
    I also believe that a lot of news outlets are biased in one way or another. Fox is a haven for conservatives and they report to their conservative viewers and spin it in a conservative way. MSNBC is a liberal news outlet and generally spins their stories in that direction, and to spite the fact that CNN is the most "middle of the road" news station out there, they still report the news with a certain amount of spin and during the middle of the day (a la Rick Sanchez) it's almost sensationalist.
    While I believe that CNN does the best job of NOT doing these things, they are still guilty of it. I believe that it is the competitive nature of the 24 hr news services that causes mistakes to be made and has thus caused the public to lose trust in the news outlets of today.

    P.S.- While I love watching you very much, you are my second favorite anchor. I just love the heck out of Tony! He makes me laugh.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  104. Dirk Bumann

    Trust has gone way down. The news media seems to be dominated by two camps: Infotainment which peddles sensationalistic and superficially put together stories, and the agenda-driven camp which spews propaganda masquerading as news. Add to that the pressure to come up with "news" 24/7 and it has lead to the poor image the news media, especially TV news, enjoys.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  105. Gilbert Kessler

    I rarely trust most television news programs. They exaggerate the importance of stories, especially prolonging the political ones, because they cannot find other news to report. They are required to show a balance in the presentation of an issue, even if only 1 in 100 have that opposite view. All this presents a false picture of issues, which in turn affects the public view, so the news alters the view rather than the other way around. Finally, all is presented in as "homey" a way as possible, interspersed with pleasantries, aiming at the lowest level of public intelligence.

    Check out BBC World News for how to present properly!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  106. Brian

    Do not trust the media even a little bit...the days of Walter Cronkite and news being a public service are over....news is now an entertainment show attempting to keep ratings and sponsers up...can not be taken seriously..the media sells views and opions on a daily basis...just a giant group of gossips spreading rumors and lies for money and and power/profit...ie: slow news days they actually will make news to have something to talk about like this ridiculous survey...

    September 16, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  107. Paul Sinclair

    I am forced to watch the BBC or the daily show, as I feel like American news is now based in three camps:
    (1) Speaking to the right
    (2) Speaking to the left
    (3) Speaking to avoid offending either groups.

    I lived in Europe for many years and watched CNN around the clock. In the US, I fell CNN and the major networks have abandoned reporting thing as they happen and have opted to temper actual factual news, with the need to bring one bozo from the right and another from the left to ask their opinion. Of course, neither ever answers the questions posed and will always go straight into the most tired talking points.

    The news today make me feel like I am a nine year old, at the risk of insulting nine year olds out there

    September 16, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  108. Marie

    I trust the media to a certain extent. There are many news stations that are affiliated with different political parties and this often affects how they present events, particularly those that deal with politics. For example, when President Obama was inaugurated in January he made a speech that was really scruntinized by some news station and praised more by other stations, and I believe that this was due to political party affiliation. Also I believe that US news station in general ,portray countries especially those in the Middle East and Asia as places where evil just resides. Many Americans have never visited these areas and when we hear the different news stories about these countries we don't think fondly of these countries, when in reality, some reporters choose to elaborate on things that are not as significant or prominent as other things. They report on what they feel is significant but what may not always be true. That's why I feel it's important to watch BBC and CNN and HSN, stations that I believe are less likely to twist stories because they have more resources and represent more point of views (being national news stations).

    September 16, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  109. Dorothy Kincaid

    Please – why would I trust the MEDIA? You get on the air and talk about how Racism is not here in the US? You get people (mostly white men and women) on television saying how RACISM is not here. Please you even get people defending the Racist signs at the 9/12 event. Rush Limbaugh, Joe Wilson and many many more whites are defending racists acts in your American. It is so hard for you people to accept it – Open Racism has gone underground and is condoned by you the MEDIA. Trust ? Please.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  110. Reed Cypriano

    Our trust in the media is rooted in the American public following the money. Several media sources are owned and operated by individuals and institutions that create politically biased programming.
    Fair and balanced reporting is becoming more and more scarce and it is the responsibility of producers and reporters to keep the fire of "true" journalism ablaze.
    We will trust the media more when sensationalism and ratings take a back seat to journalism.

    Reed
    Rhode Island

    September 16, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  111. Geoffrey Pottinger

    Heidi...Your intellectual and physical presentation are AMAZING! Your delivery of the news is effective and credible. The news in general however...The "journalist" has become upstaged by the "commentator". News anchors/reporters tend to share too much of their own opinions, as fact, instead of providing factual citations of legitimate news sources. Protecting sources is one thing, but a failure to cite supporting/reinforcing data...that's indisputable would be great! Also...you know what's said by other news "commentators" on other stations, but you don't call their information out as false, fabricated, unsupported, etc. So what if they get the scoop....you can still check their facts and tell us the truth about that also. We jump from station to station getting opinions, instead of facts. You keep playing into the Dems. vs. Reps. game/nonsense, instead of debating facts vs. fabrication. I don't need entertainment news from my news stations, I'll turn to nonsense if I want that. I just want you to give me the information that I need to make good decisions, to vote on the issues that affect us most significantly...stop the bickering between talking heads who aren't experts on anything but talking, shouting, and jabbing. REAL NEWS WITHOUT THE NONSENSE, PLEASE HEIDI!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  112. pat roe

    In the early 80's during the presidential campaigns things were being reported which were quite different from what I remembered about a canidate. I became more aware and started to watch various news stations. There is an obvious bias now which is disappointing because there are some capable people on all the networks. I think CNN and Fox are the only credible stations now and I wonder why CNN does not carry anything about the ACORN problem. Why does a 20 yr old find out info that experienced reporters did or would not find.
    I am concerned about tax dollars being wasted – this is the kind of reporting we need. thank you

    September 16, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  113. Greg

    Of course, I don't trust the media. There is an obvious liberal bias that taints most news reports. An example: There was a media frenzy after the right wing nut killed the abortion doctor. Shortly before that an African American shot several people at a recruitment center. Where was the media outrage? The difference in media coverage was telling to say the least.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  114. Karin Govoni

    I know the news media is owned by big business and therefore reporting (not by true journalists anymore) is biased. Corporations own America – i.e. health care for Americans. I feel we get far more negative sides of universal health care than we do positive for all Americans. The interviews are far more against than for. I would love to see the question asked by news people how much money is given legislators by insurance companies. I have yet to see an interviewer ask THAT question. Every ad we see against health care reform is paid for by big business. People that are not educated enough get their education from the news networks and therefore have a narrow view of progress.
    There should be a list of all legislators showing how much money they receive from the insurance industry. Legislators and news media should be accountable to the public and show the financing from the insurance industry.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  115. Lynn in Texas

    Do I trust the media? Absolutely not.

    Starting in the late '70's, I have had personal knowledge of several news events (one an international story, one a national story, and numerous local stories) that been in reported by multiple media outlets.

    The media has consistently done a poor job of reporting all of the facts. Research is poor to non-exisitent. Reporting is slanted or biased and does not fairly present all sides of the issue.

    If it bleeds (or if you can make it bleed), it leads.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  116. Curt Kassinger

    Heidi, I do not trust any of the national news media. The 24/7 philosophy of broadcasting the news has caused the reporting of news facts into a tabloid style of reporting. Ratings are more important than facts. Opinions are given as facts and each network has their own political agenda. Liberal or conservative, republican or democrat each network tries to spin these ideas in every story. The same story reported so differently by each network in such a way that there is no way to know which story, if any, is correct. It is a shame we cannot get back to just the facts and leave the spin out. It was bad enough when we could not belive the politicians of this country, but now we cannot trust the media that use to be able to keep them in check.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  117. WUgrad

    There is such a competitive rush between organizations to be the first out with information that without proper, meticulous research, current events turns into a media frenzy. I only trust the media after the story being reported on has undergone enough public scrutiny to ensure that it is correct.

    In response to the comment above, it is not the media's responsibility to instill faith or motivate the nation. It is the media's job to report openly and objectively on whatever story is most relevant. CNN does a fine job at this. Leave the inspiring speeches to network morning show anchors.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  118. Sharon Hammond

    The news media has moved from reporting the story to trying to make the story. They tend to manipulate the facts in order to create some form of sensationalism.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  119. Mike

    I don't trust the media. If one watches CNN, ABC, MSNBC, there is an extreme bias to the left. If one watches Fox, there is an extreme bias to the right. What happened to simply reporting the truth and letting us make up our own minds.

    As an example, since this is a CNN blog, why were such stories as the ACORN scandals ignored until it had already reached the point of the Senate cutting off its funding. Another example, the Czars who were appointed by President Obama, such as Van Jones who had to resign after his radical communist views became known. Where were you? Were you truly reporting the news, or do you only report on right-wing scandals.

    There was a time when CNN was the best news network, but your obvious left-wing bias has destroyed your objectivity. Fox right-wing bias has destroyed their objectivity. ABC and MSNBC are mirrors of CNN. When I want the truth now, I research the topics myself on the internet. All the major networks are is shills for the Democratic or Republican parties.

    The job of the media is to report the major news, all of it, not just the parts that fit into their personal political views. Report the news, don't try to shape our opinion by reporting half-truths or simply selective reporting. I think we deserve facts, not political spin from our networks.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  120. Joe Saff

    The news today is long on opinions and short of actual facts. Whatever outlet you choose to watch or read is always slanted to the left or right. I'm not sure when a reporters personal opinion became newsworthy, but if it's news it should just be reported as news.
    All of you push your own personal agenda and have stopped reporting the facts so people can make there own opinions.
    A good case in point would be Health Care Reform.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  121. Tracy

    I have noticed the lack of serious, in depth stories for several years. I was alarmed a few years ago when Condoleezza Rice, speaking to a CNN news person, said they had called the media organizations and asked them not to report something. I thought there should be outrage and questions but it was treated as if it was normal.
    I think our news is censored.
    Where are the investigative reporters bringing to light explosive stories such as Watergate?
    News has become tabloid quality. The same story is played all day on every news station. Where is the originality?

    September 16, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  122. Sasm Orr

    Of course the media is biased and much worsr than that. Durin g the campaign ,you guys coudn't say enough good things about President Obama. But you are always there waiting in the wings to pile on or stoke the flame when some outlandish statement is made by the republicans against President Obama or others. In this way you take tiny things and blow them out of proportion which serves to undermine those that are working to make a positive change. Your recent coverage of the town hall meetings is a prime example. You focused your coverage like a laser beam on the crazies at the town hall meetings. Instead of condeming the actions of those nutwings and not giving equal time to people who came to those meetings in support of healthcare reform. You made it seem to many who only pay attention now and then, that the mindset of the obstructionists is the view of the vast majority of the public. In this way you are resposnible for the debate being skewed to the right and possibly causing the public option being dropped from the healthcare bill. I hope you are really proud of yourselves or should I say I hope your corporate masters are really proud of you. I used to watch CNN morning till night. Now I seldome watch you at all. I could go on all day sighting examples of this, but I will stop here.

    Sincerely;

    Samuel L. Orr

    September 16, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  123. nokomis

    No I do not trust the media, it is run by the wealthiest people, they offer only their view point, just watch the different channels, everyone is slanted! What iever happened to "Just the facts"

    September 16, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  124. James Dunbar

    Absolutely not.
    Iraqi war run up – got WMD?
    Katrina – blacks loot – whites gather supplies
    Abu Grab – media serves as apologists
    torture – media serves as apologists
    housing mess- you were paid not to see it coming
    racists teabaggers – 10% of the attendees got 99% of the coverage –
    not an accident – media and republicans provide cover for insurance
    companies

    The list goes on and on. Do research. Matt Drudge is not a
    creditable source!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  125. Robert W

    The 24/7 news – as it is currently structured by corporate media interests – has ruined the institution of journalism. It appears to be far too profitable to bring diverging points of view to debate every little breaking story and turning into a firestorm for increased viewership. In a time of fierce political divide and rhetoric that knows no limits, we count on the media to be a source of reason, not a platform for endless debate until the next big story happens. I love a good debate as much as anyone but this is beyond ridiculous. The only reason I watch cable news anymore is to see the trainwreck crazies and the insane debates, but in my heart I want hardcore reporting and one-on-one interviews... and that is all!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  126. Gayla

    Hi Heidi,

    Yes, i trust the media, and that only one is CNN. I get to watch because I medically retire from the military beginning tomorrow. Some controversial unfortunately at someone else's cost.

    Thank You CNN, also for helping our troops so they can get better treatment.

    I see racism is peeking its old head. I'm native american. I wish no bad to anyone, because the only person Im afraid of is that I have the fear of god in me and I too will be judged Thank you CNN.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  127. Roger

    No, I do not trust the news media. Many news stories are slanted to a particular point of view, either politically or morally. Anymore news seems to be more interested in presenting their own personal view on the news rather than just the facts. It is very hard to find a news progam that is unbiased, almost impossible. Hopefully the audience can still think for themselves.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  128. Antion

    I do not believe it is a question of trust in the media anymore. I think we need to take it upon ourselves to know that the news might not be true sometimes. We don't know the people on TV. Realistically, when else would you ever trust something a complete stranger tells you?

    September 16, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  129. James S

    Do I trust the news media? NO. The days when networks like ABC, CNN, CBS and NBC promoted quality, factual, unbiased reporting are long over and have been for some time.

    Now, networks are more about style and in some cases, have become worse than soap operas! Journalists have become "personalities". Important headlines have been replaced with the mantra "if it bleeds, it leads".

    News media purposely reports and reports and reports the most controversial issues, not for quality reporting, but for ratings.

    We are inundated with "journalists" such as Bill O'Reily (who is not unbiased and who does live in the spin zone), Glenn Beck (a loud-mouthed pretty boy), Nancy Grace (who is the tv queen of drama), and others on the networks.

    These reporters are only the result of a new society which has lost respect for those in it. For example, there used to be a time when the Office of the President of the United States was respected. The President, even if you didnt agree with him, was respected. Not anymore.

    Now, everything is about race. No matter the issue, it comes to race. Thanks to the infiltration of people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and others like them who are only seeking publicity to satisfy their own personal need to be recognized.

    And the networks play on this.

    Bring back journalists the likes of Cronkite, Jennings, Koppell, etc. Bring back real news shows like Nightline and the "old" 60-minutes. Bring back real journalism – unbiased, factual, substantive, respectful.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  130. Thomas Martinez

    My trust in the media is dependent on the network. I admit I am a CNN junkie and usually pleased with your reporting. However, a perfect example of reasons for distrust would be: September 11, 2009 reports about a suspicious boat and "10 shots fired" well, it went on the air and spread among the networks like wildfire, never having been confirmed. With some dirt on your faces the networks started looking for an apology from the coast guard (an entity charged with protecting us 24/7/365) who was conducting a training exercise, rather than apologizing themselves for the panic they caused. It's almost like watching politicians doing the dance of blame. A shame that those charged with making people accountable and honest won't even admit their error and offer an apology for the misinformation.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  131. Diane Sartain

    I trust CNN most of the time and Fox all the time. The major channels are biased and give only what they want you to know, not the news.

    I have watched the Acorn mess on Fox and some on CNN. Even my local newspaper does not carry the stories on breaking news.

    There has to be reporting on the left and right and it should be fair. This is not the case anymore.

    It is a shame that most people don't even know what is going on in the government because they don't watch the news or they watch the major network's CBS, NBC, ABC etc.

    I heard nothing about the Green CZAR, wasn't that news.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  132. Jason

    i do not trust media. media s being controlled by same authorities and money kings. they do control all nations and lie them and make them beleive whatever those kings want to. its the upper platform that doesnt see any seperation whether media belongs to conservatives or liberals. both parties actually working for the same holy!!! mission. the problem is king is naked or dressed. we say king is naked. both liberal and conservative media discussing the dress king is wearing. conservatives say he wears a coat and liberals say its a t-shirt. but the reality is he is naked. beleiving media is actually beleiving he s dressed first even u see he s not wearing anything at all.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  133. Michelle

    I think the media focus is on negative aspects of the news and tends to be subjective and bias.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  134. Lon

    The media has become very political. Here is my view.
    MSNBC is far left
    Fox is far right
    CNN is somewhere in the middle, but leaning to the left.
    But it seems that all anchors at some time show their true colors.
    When it comes to politics. I have to watch all three networks just to get the truth. I would call myself a former Fox fan. Now a CNN fan. Fox has drifted too far right.
    Take politics out of it. Then I would say the top three networks are pretty even.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  135. T O'Shea

    Absolutely not, yellow journalism is rampant...i take everything with a grain of salt....too few facts and way to many opinions. Additionally, even the facts are slanted to promote the broadcasters point of view and political affiliations.
    I'm still laughing about the reported terrorist threat on the Potomac last week, and after CNN found out it was a training exercise you had the audacity to try to change the story into one where, in your "opinion", the Coast Gaurd had no right to hold training exercises on 9/11.

    Watch the BBC, although not perfect that are the best.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  136. Danny Pharr

    Hello Heidi,
    I do trust you and the other CNN anchors. I do not trust Lou Dobbs for the same reason I do trust much of the other media outlets, cable and broadcast. The only fair and balanced coverage is CNN and BBC. By the way, your graphic showing the location of Juarez, Mexico is incorrect. Juarez sits in the corner of Texas, Mexico, and New Mexico.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  137. Dean Kenkel

    Fox News is the only news organization reporting on the illegal activities of ACORN. CNN does not report that congress has frozen some funds for ACORN. Has CNN reported that ACORN will not be involved in the next census, because of pending cases on voting fraud? Has CNN reported on tapes showing ACORN employees giving advice on how to cover-up child sex rings, and tax evasion?

    CNN, give the public information on the real news.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  138. Dawn in Vermont

    I do not trust the media. News coverage has deteriorated into political partisanship, tabloid exploitation and obituary extravaganzas. On television, It seems that one story is picked for the week and nothing else is covered no matter which channel you watch. I feel like laughing when I hear CNN's "Most trusted name in News" promo. Considering the competition, it doesn't say much. Especially when CNN participates in the same practices and has much more time to devote coverage of a single topic

    September 16, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  139. HONESTABE

    NO WAY!!! I have been watching CNN for the past three hours trying to learn more about the ACORN story that FOX news has been covering. Your news organization wont even cover it!! WHY??? Ive seen ten segments about how the protests on health care are racially motivated, which may have a sliver of truth for a small percentagage of the protesters, but it is all your news org focuses on. No wonder FOX news ratings are skyrocketing........even though they too show some bias, at least they report both sides of the story.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  140. Jonathan, NY

    Do i trust the news media? Well, in what respect? Do i trust the news media to report news stories accurately? Most of the time. Do i trust the news media in determining what is news worthy? Absolutely not! Just take a look at what has been happening the past week. A major community organization that received $53 million in taxpayer money since 1994 advised a couple posing as a pimp and prostitute on tax evasion and how to set up a brothel for illegal underage girls. This same organization is supposed to receive billions more in taxpayer money. This should be a major news story. The front page of every major newspaper should be about this. Instead most media outlets are ignoring this and i don't understand why. Even the US senate has taken action on this. In a vote of 83-7 they voted to cut off their funding. Why are you not sending your reporters to investigate this?

    September 16, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  141. Thomas Nalepka

    Heidi. You asked for our comments on the news media if the media is fair.. NOT... I was just on the cnn homepage and not one mention of the ACORN Scandal going on. And how much money is ACORN getting in OUR TAX DOLLARS? So why don't you guys report it? Why don't you guys report all news not just what you want us to hear.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  142. LARRY MCKENNA

    By focusing on the more bizarre occurrences, i.e. "you lie", you distort the overall impression of the event. The content of the presidents speech was grossly diminished, while the opposition point is magnified beyond reason.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  143. Rick

    -cont- tabloid news. Please go back to reporting the WHOLE story & not back certain political parties & its entities news (if you call sensationalism news). Now you'll ahve to excuse me I'm switching over to FOX news to view this ACORN (nut) scandal!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  144. Kari

    The decline in trust for the media is entirely related to the media's move away from reporting news and moving toward promoting a political agenda. Media personnel don't even try to hide their personal political bias and have no reluctance to shape the stories they tell with their own political opinions. If a viewer can tell which side of a story the reporter is on then it is not news but rather an editorial with an agenda. Walter Cronkite was a tremendous liberal but at least he didn't feel compelled to ram it down America's throat 24 hours a day.

    The Joe Wilson story is a perfect example. When Senator Harry Reid repeatedly and publicly called President Bush a liar there was no outcry for an apology. When Democrats in Congress booed President Bush it was barely commented on by the media and no apology was requested. When Representative Wilson called President Obama a liar the media helped the Democrats call for his head on a platter. Now Jimmy Carter who never held his tongue in frequent criticism of George Bush comes out and says the President should be shown level of respect which he never showed to President Bush. Like most of the media, he has a huge double standard, which he and the media apparently don't think the average American is intelligent enough to recognize. If the media wants to be trusted they need to go back to reporting "Just the facts" and let people draw their own conclusions.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  145. e. bald

    The facts , I believe, are reported corrected; however, your reporters gives too much time to those with radical comments or ideals. You gave those who believed that the president supported death panels for the elders too much of a voice. Never once did I hear one of your reporters challenge that premise. I believe that the media have a duty to challenge such ideals when you know it is incorrect, especially when it has national implications.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  146. Robert

    I do not trust the media, they report only what is put on their screen by their bosses to report no questions asked, they don't report the real news to not offend anyone, and the american people crave real news with real investigative reports. Instead we hear a 15 second bit on laws being broken by are elected officials, followed by a 5 minute segment on puppy toys and fashion. I got some real news stories for you how about presidential order 11110 to pay for health care, and take back are sovereignty from the federal reserve which is a corporation, not part of are government!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  147. Joanna Graf

    No, I do not trust the media. You are owned and operated by forces that rule the country, and we're not in such great shape are we? I have to cover all national media stations to try to get the complete story, or all avenues of opinions. CNN is totally democratic, and news that should be reported on is not, in case it should make the democratic party look bad. I am an independent, and vote for who I feel is the best candidate, so you cannot use the partisian trump card with me. The people that watch your news should be able to trust what you are saying regardless of what you are reporting on with non-edited material. This has been proven to me that there is no news media that can be trusted. It's a shame that our country has come to this. Non-biased reporting is expected, but not received, and is actually a thing of the past. I think it probably died with Walter Cronkite..

    Additionally, on a slow day, media is tyring to uncover anything to get the the best market share. I.e., 911 / 2009 coverage. That was so stupid and embarrassing to me that 'take the story and run with it' without completely checking out the facts, shows me that you cannot be trusted and caused undo alarm to ALL Americans for fear that another channel would get the most coverage should they run the story. There are no ethics any more, just who gets the most market share. Big business rules.

    Having 'experts' come on and say that we are out of our recession is unspeakable. We bailed out the banks, came up with 'cash for clunkers' which moved money temporarily. What are you thinking?

    I doubt that this will be posted, as it is the truth and doesn't make you look so great, and it is lengthy; however, thank you for allowing me to give my opinion.

    Joanna Graf

    September 16, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  148. Antonius Magnus

    I think the two main reasons for the public's loss of faith in the news media's credibility are "soft news" and "personalities". Soft news, or the focus on entertainment, 'feel-good' stories and celebrities' antics undermines the seriousness; the Gravitas, of network news outlets–how can we as a public respect the media if they slavishly follow trashy pampered starlets around reporting their every drunken mishap when real news, like the reoccupation of the Red Fort in Pakistan by Al-Qaeda-linked militants, the massive payouts (bribes, really) to our elected officials to quash any hope of health-care reform, or Diane Feinstein channeling millions of taxpayer dollars into her husband's arms company are completely ignored?
    While it is acceptable and helpful to have 'experts' on to analyze and give varying perspectives on news stories, this practice has become profoundly over-used–every single story now has some professional commentator (usually an author pimping a book) giving their opinion, and mostly, these 'experts' are responsible for wildly varying perspectives, many of which are contradictory–this also undermines the news media's credibility.
    The personality factor also caused harm; by that I mean the overwhelming barrage of the news anchor's opinion, which is usually about congratulating or denigrating one side of a particular story –it is sad that when Cronkite passed, his comments on the downhill slide of the public news were largely ignored–the image of news anchors eulogizing Cronkite while they themselves were doing exactly what he himself criticized was especially telling. Anchors should keep their half-baked and irrelevant opinions to themselves and report what the correspondents have said–Michael Ware and Richard Elgel are probably two reporters out there with the stones to actually enter 'hot spots' to get the real stories–they may not have the best makeup guys, but at least their reporting is concise, relevant and accurate; and we the public won't have to watch them give their half-baked opinions on Kanye or Whitney. I get my news from NPR and the BBC.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  149. Bill Miller

    It's no wonder people don't trust "the media." Right-wing radio talk show hosts devote half their air time tearing down the "main stream media". The nation is so divided politically that most people hear what they want to hear, and if what they hear doesn't agree with their political views, they think it is a journalistic lie. Add to that the rush to fill a 24-hour news cycle, networks devoted to a single point of view and junk that flows over the internet and you have even more disgtrust. I covered news when we took the time to twice verify information. We had tremendous pride in accuracy and objectivity. Unfortunately, those days seem to be over.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  150. Tom FW, IN

    How can we trust the media. The media is owned by big business. PERIOD.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  151. Ken

    I do not trust the media.

    There is to much news to cover for one day so they choose to try for the shock effect to get more attention.

    All news media are biased. Yesterday you had someone on that compared Mr. Obama to Reverend Wright, Al Sharpton and Jessey Jackson. That person thought he was doing the president a favor but he is ignorant to the fact that those people are not trusted because of the media exposure they have had in the past. Today you aired Jimmy Carter trying to incite a riot which is illegal in America.

    If the news media would expose the corruption in America and quit trying to stir the pot of hatred, it would be more apt to be trusted.

    Ken

    September 16, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  152. Rod

    Not after that bone-headed terrorist attack report last week. And to make it worse, CNN continued to blame the victim (the Coast Guard) for two days afterwards!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  153. Adam in New Orleans

    With the exception of NPR and perhaps BBC America, I can only trust the media to report tactical issues that are sensational and not too contriversial. Like Congress, if you follow the money, it's clear where media's bread is buttered. It's a systemic issue. All too often, TV media trotts out "authorities" who clearly represent special interests wihout identifying the root of those interests or subjecting their statements to critical assessment.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  154. dan mack

    The past liberal bias is still strong but many in the press have added "liberal blinders" and won't report on what "they" don't think is news. How can Charlie Gibson at ABC be considered a news man...he said he didn't even know about the ACORN videos. There is your press...

    September 16, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  155. Skip

    News organizations used to have far larger foreign bureaus, while today the focus of news has gravitated towards entertainment rather than hard serious reporting. Politicians have been given a free ride, investigative reporting is zilch, whistle blowers are being harassed by government regardless of the protection act pertaining thereto.

    In short the news media and its concentration of ownership have made any adverse reporting of important facts next to impossible. As a result many people will give you those results in your polling because nothing of consequence gets any attention. Instead a form of lockstep propaganda permeates news reporting in general. This is not a new problem, but at least there were moments in the past when editorials actually reflected standard debating techniques.

    Without strong investigative reporting, the well being of nations is at the mercy of those who have the gold. Those who have the gold are not going to tell us voluntarily whether they are honest or not.

    Because of that, reporters on CNN and elsewhere are not permitted with all their education in journalism to have any substantively independent thoughts. Have those in the media become teleprompter readers, forbidden any independent conscience? You serve ad homonym attacks on innocent people who are exercising their education. At the same time you condone torture by doing no serious reporting in opposition to it. American freedoms are being trampled by legislators, and the news media does nothing.
    The number one book Freedom and Tyranny, gets little or no coverage. Why is that? A general sense of right versus wrong seems to be absent when clearly wrong things are suggested as good, and good actions are reported as the province of nut cases.

    Sadly is the news media pointing toward the wrong side of history too often? Serious scholars and citizens get their information from books, not from broadcast or even printed news any more.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  156. Ford O. Miller

    Ford O. Miller
    Lockney, Texas

    I want to trust what “reporters or anchors” tell me or write, but I can’t. Sensationalism, entertainment, political correctness, political agendas, poll reporting frenzy, and cozy relationships appear to trump sincere efforts for factual reporting. Honest questions and investigation, not a pre-determined outcome should be the way the media works. Instead, you have “news” personalities using non-verbal inflections, leading questions, “gotcha” stories, and seemingly agenda-driven journalism dominating the media. In spite of this poll and the decline in ratings and subscriptions, do you see any changes? No! This is proof… you aren’t really all that interested in reporting news, but your agenda appears to be to influence opinion. Save that for the coffee shops and water cooler conversations, please.
    Sincerely,
    Ford O. Miller

    September 16, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  157. Mike Armstrong TX.

    You guys that are bias towards the media thats bloging if you dont trust them then why are you watching .

    September 16, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  158. Renee Reneau

    One word: ACORN

    Helloooo?

    Apparently we can't trust the media to let us know the biggest scandal of the moment uless it serves their political agenda.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  159. Patricia Scanlin

    Dear Heidi,
    I don't think the media is independent anymore, so I no longer trust much of what I hear. Good independent investigative reporting has gone by the wayside, and there is a general lack of coverage of what is actually going on here and abroad.
    For example:
    – Pre-invasion coverage of Iraq: It seems that the media did no "digging" at all to verify the Bush Administration's claims of a connection between Iraq and 9/11 and the WMD's and there was no challenge to that administration's claims that the invasion had to go forward with great haste and without more international support and participation.There was also no questioning regarding whether this was to be a brief invasion or whether the plan was for a long-term occupation, contrary to the Bush Administration's statements. Yet the neocon plan to invade Iraq was already out there, before 9/11.
    -During the invasion: there was no simultaneous coverage of overseas reaction to the invasion, and boy, did I search for it!. I didn't know for months that huge demonstrations were occurring in London and elsewhere. The U.S. media's coverage consisted entirely of "imbeds" who reported on every grain of sand displaced in Iraq.
    -The financial crisis: trouble was brewing and Americans began to struggle long before late 2007, even though the media was reporting that we were enjoying boom times. Wages began stagnating long before that time, and there were problems cropping up with all sorts of insurance, yet there was no coverage of what was happening on Main Street.
    -Consumer reporting: where was it in the last eight years? There was fraud all over the place, except in the news.
    -Environmental issues: ditto.
    -Impact of deregulation: ditto.
    It's time to break up the monopolies and the markets and be open about who owns what and exactly what the owners' agendas are. I think it's time to restore the fairness doctrine as well.
    P.S. One of the anchors just this morning kept referring to people who support a public option in the health care reform package as the highly politicized term "liberals". This has no place on the news.
    -

    September 16, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  160. Mel

    I am a conservative, and I think the majority of mainstream news media slants most definitely to the left. I also think sometimes the political leanings of the person reporting the story is interjected into the story. Remember, just because my opinions are conservative doesn't mean I am without a doubt wrong. I have a right to my opinion. Just as liberals also have that same right.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  161. Ken in Batavia

    Heidi,

    It is hard to trust anyone today. Some media is very bias and with the issues so hard to understand omitting "minor" details and easily swing listener opinion. The airing of poll results can be a very bias way of swinging opinion also. I hate polls! The working of the question should always be given before the results otherwise I turn the poll results off. Asking a person "do you agree with the way Pres. Obama is handling health-care" is so open ended that a person could answer this in many ways. "No" could be the answer for both left (single payers) and right (open insurance) and mean two different things, this is why I don't trust the media.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  162. Omar

    Unfortunately, I do not trust the media. The media should be reporting the events that happen in our country and around the world impartially and without spin. This disturbing trend started with Fox News and seems to have caught on now with just about every news outlet in the country.

    Fox started this with the Bush administration, and now it seems that CNN as well as other news outlets have carried this on with the present administration. Starting with the Presidential primaries through the elections. It is not your job to put "spin" on which candidate for what office you guys seem to be in with or like!

    Do the job you went to school to learn... Journalism! And, leave the spin doctoring to the campaign personnel. Ask the hard questions, and stop soft stepping around the critical issues like "healthcare", like "Iraq" and the "economy!" Telling people that are unemployed that the recession is likely over? Who is it over for??? Surely not the person who lost their job and is trying to provide for a family and is unable to do so because their are no jobs!

    Where is the "Stimulus Money?" surely not creating any new jobs... I see no highways or bridges being repaired, or people being hired to repair them... I see no hiring being done for major infra-structure projects. So where is the stimulus??? you want us to trust you... ask the questions!!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  163. Betty Phillips

    No, I do not think the media gets anything straight. BUT MOST OF ALL I DO NOT TRUST CNN TO GET ANYTHING STRAIGHT. If CNN wanted to do the correct thing, they would not have let GLEN BECK leave CNN!!!!!!!!. If you really want to know exactly how things are in such a cover up mess, then I would advise all of CNN's viewers to take one day and watch BECK!. I am a news watcher, and I have now said it again for about the hundreth time, CNN is most bias and can only print what they think will increase their ratings. Please do not go to the old saying, Gee! this person must be a Republican!!! That would be 100% incorrect. I am just sick of what is happenning in our country. We have become so divided it is scarey. Obama has done nothing that he campaigned on. Oh by the way, when is Obama going to pay for the big hulabalooo that took place at a park in Illinois?
    Hey CNN that would be a good topic for you to get to the bottom of.
    Think about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Betty

    September 16, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  164. Eddie G3

    Absolutly not! The news media....has become the entertainment. CNN's blunder of the 9/11 incident on the Potomac only show it's report now check later.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  165. Julie

    I am so glad this poll was taken because I have been very disillusioned and disappointed with the media. I don't trust the media. I believe that in the 24hrs news cycle that it is more important to report sound bytes and controversial moments than to stick to what the full story encompasses. The public doesn't get the full picture or full context because the "media" would rather focus on the trivial rather than the substantive real story. No one seems to be taking the time to do the research and be the fact finders. Why do we have to rely on fact checking blogs? Isn't that the job of the media? Stories take time and the media is not putting in the time to get a story right. Also, I hate when the media has "political guests" that give their opinion and the anchor/journalist allow untruths to hang out there- without correcting them. It is because the anchor/journalist didn't put in the time to do the necessary research to challenge them. The public is relying on talking heads/radio entertainers and the like to get their news. They don't realize that it is entertainment not necessarily the truth. The media is supposed to help separate fact from fiction and they are not doing their job.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  166. Al Thapa

    Each media center seems to have its own agenda; therefore being subjective instead of objective. It seems as if some reporters no longer have fire in their hearts, the drive and the determination to report, without bias, the truth. This maybe for fear of losing jobs. However, if the news is not reported in an unbiased manner, then the information reported is bias and can not be trusted.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  167. Joan

    I absolutely do not trust the "liberal media" including CNN. Your hosts Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell yak on and on for months at a time about murder cases that, while sad and tragic, do not affect the majority of Americans in their daily lives. Anderson Cooper regularly portrays the scourge of homosexuality in a sympathetic light, and mocks people who have legitimate concerns about the current presidential administration's policies with the homosexual slur "teabaggers." (Gee, I wonder how he knows that term?) You gloss over or entirely fail to report major, important stories such as Van Jones' radical self-avowed communist ties, ACORN's corruption, and Obama's eligibility to be president–and then you throw Lou Dobbs under the bus for merely raising the question. I have absolutely no use for CNN.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  168. Kathy

    No, we do not trust the media with regards to politics because there is obvious favoritism towards the President and his agenda. I understand we all need to be supportive of our leader but when he and his staff don't answer the questions clearly ,there should be more journalism in finding out the answers. The recent coverage of Acorn, Van Jones and the 9-12 activities was pathetic. Why does it take 2 young people to investigate an organization which has clearly shown signs of corruption, receives millions and now earmarked for billions of tax paper dollars? With all the money and resources available to CNN, where were you? We all suspect the reason.... We are all waiting for honest – objective journalism. Please lead the way CNN !

    September 16, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  169. SteveG

    Ms Heidi,
    Another example of sound bite reporting, right this very minute,(R) M McConnell and (R) L Alexander has stated on the :floor" that they clearly want health care reform but reform that reduces cost.

    If, if they were serious about this, why then have they done nothing but block reform since they lynched Ms Hillary, 16 years ago, except pass a bill that made it illegal for medicare (largest purchaser of drugs on the planet) to negotiate for lower prices.

    Every time a republican says we're for reform they need to be asked why they haven't done it before now, and IF they had been thinking about it why did they just now come up with a plan instead of already having one?

    Tort reform caps, 38 states have caps, leaving only 14 w/o, is getting those 14 states to enact caps going to save what they say?

    Quit allowing ANY of them to just make a remark w/o adequate follow-up questioning.

    If "they" have all the answers why hasn't it been done? If "they" have all the answers on the fate of the economy how did we get into the trouble we're in?

    If politicians knew they would be challenged on their false statements they would quit making them, so who is really to blame?

    September 16, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  170. Ken in Batavia

    Heidi,

    It is hard to trust anyone today. Some media is very bias and with the issues so hard to understand omitting “minor” details can easily swing listener opinion. The airing of poll results can be a very bias way of swinging opinion also. I hate polls! The wording of the question should always be given before the results otherwise I turn the poll results off. Asking a person “do you agree with the way Pres. Obama is handling health-care” is so open ended that a person could answer this in many ways. “No” could be the answer for both left (single payers) and right (open insurance) and mean two different things, this is why I don’t trust the media.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  171. Chris G

    Overall, I do not trust our press. They are mostly sensational commentators with an agenda. Report the news, both sides and do your homework. Do not believe one side for the sake of getting a story out there. Do not use the AP without any verification process. Do not be a lazy reporter and get your personal feelings out of the equation, unless it is a human interest story!. The press's one sided reporting like that on President' Carter's racist comments are divisive to say the least. He does not speak for me.

    Do your job, take pride in it!!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  172. Jim in Tennessee

    Not when the news reported is twisted based on opinion(s) of the news service and / or reportng person. It is very important that we Americans hear the whole truth. And, believe me, it is not hard to tell when we are not being told the truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  173. Donna R.

    I have always trusted cnn for my news as opposed to other stations because I feel your journalists have the integrity to find the truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  174. San

    Dear Heid, I was trusting the media but no more. I have found out that most of the conflicts whether it is political, racial or other is enhanced by the media.
    I agree that media should provide us with the truth but it no longer the case. Media tend to dig for dirt anywhere they can find and most of the times people do not want to hear about them A little is OK but too much is too much.

    Media tend to distort the characters of sometimes people who have given their life for others and this is not fair.

    The government have a lot of work to do but because of the media they have to spend a lot of effort managing the media and thinking twice before opening their mouth rather than focusing of the work to be done for American people.

    During the Health Care debate I have seen more news about town hall meeting going wrong because this is news but this is not the only news. There are many more people who are for health care reform and this was not really highlighted.

    Most of the people who are misinform or who have wrong idea about something (about the president, his plans or other issues) get these misunderstandings via the media, if not the media tend to enhance those wrong perceptions and this is reaaly sad. People would suffer because good ideas were wrongly presented by the media.

    The media should go on fact findings and get the facts out for everybody to have the same level of information and eliminate any source of misinterpretation or misunderstanding. But instead the media goes on a witch hunt try to catch somebody in a bad act just to make the news because they think that this is business. This is sad.

    I have happy that I am not the only one who thinks that way about the Media.

    I was watching the News on CNN all the time but I have stopped watching, a lot your your programs because they are not fair and they encourage a lot of bad things.

    San.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  175. Mark - Maplewood, NJ

    Dear Heidi,
    I do not trust the news media because their coverage is more of the right wing radical view. Take for instance the health care issue, we have often been fed with a heckler's disruptive and radical view while the opinion of hundreds and thousands of other citizens who supports the health care plan are never heard. This is typical of what the news media has become.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  176. Julie

    I don't trust the media. I listen/watch all of the networks including cable and I don't see the "liberal slant" that many on the right claim. In fact, regarding the Obama administration, I think that the coverage has been unfair. The media knows what this administration inherited and that there was no "quick fix." Yet, they continue to hammer away at this administration as if they created the problem and act as if it should be fixed by now– giving the impression to Americans that there was a quick fix. Report the truth- the Bush administration already left your children and grandchildren and possibly great-grandchildren in the hole. Help set reasonable expectations- and it wouldn't matter who was in office- this economy is broken in lots of little pieces and is going to take time repairing. The media has the responsibility to report the facts accurately which helps sets the tone for the country. The media is as polarizing as Congress- both ineffective.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  177. John

    Yes I trust the media. The coverage is fair and as it happens

    September 16, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  178. jr

    tough to do in a short time but essentially, the news readers do not seem to have grasp of the subjects they treat, offering instead, a point of view (often sadly uninformed) expressed in a time-consuming chatty fashion (morning joe is the most egregious example – there's more order and purpose in the exchange at an undergraduate breakfast table than the high priced self-indulgers manage on the screen)...so the fracture of trust begins with the messenger-as-personality, (the recycling of gossipy stuff doesn't help either – while the actual news is banished to hints in the streamer, which one must google or tune in to the bbc, to fill out.)...so the lack of depth in the coverage is also an alienating factor (i know, i know, tv's a business, etc.).... review your last segment with susan l....how much financial news did you get in around the klatchychat?...also, cliches, branded phrases dished out by industry and government go unprobed ("level playing field" , etc.,...my old city editor would file 80% of the cable stuff on the spike.

    never nice to be negative so here's an idea...change the story model, be sure all sides are represented accurately, don't let anyone get away with blather – generalities ("this fill-in-the-blank will destroy the country!") that rather diffuse than advance debate...skip the opining, the editorial tones of voice, (sarcasm is a total turn off) and the inter-anchor backchat (talk about undergraduates!)...and pay attention!!!!....today's inflation (all networks) of jimmy carter's comments into a national racial crisis was a good example of poor reporting...listent to what carter said and then examine the stuff he cited as evicence – whether he's right or wrong, he did not charge the entire country with racism – the reporting was more inflammatory than illuminating...also irresponsible was the coast guard thing on the potomac, a drill which any kid who lives on a major river has seen a hundred times, the cnn panic response was itself a hazard – orson welles would have loved it – and it also delayed and softened the focus on the the true story, a 9/11-like failure of communication bewteen government agencies that, obvioulsy should still be a cause for concern – look into it.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  179. V

    Our family does not call it news. It's the rating show as are all the others.

    Thanks

    September 16, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  180. larry N. Johnson

    NO! All of you are subjective. You usually fail to report anything that does not fit your political leanings. Or if you do report, you slant the news to fit your agenda.
    Why can't we return to objective reporting? I sure would like to have the facts and the facts only.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  181. Julie

    The media has a responsibility to report the truth fairly and accurately with no bias. I should not be able to tell your opinion. The media is as polarizing as Congress- and both are ineffective.

    I don't know how FOX gets away with calling itself a news organization- when stories are one dimensional and lack depth..and truth.

    There is no liberal slant- only in the minds of those who need to believe that there is some other reason why everyone is not jumping on their conservative bandwagon. All of the networks have been hard on this administration even though they know what an uphill battle anyone would have had under the circumstances. I haven't seen any liberal free passes...

    September 16, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  182. preston johnson

    no, you talk out both sides of your mouth. when did peoples opinion become facts. your news is based on people's opinion. you condemm one news item, then accept ad money and advertise the item you condemm.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  183. BC

    How can we trust the news when on Heidi's segment there was a report of fossils being returned to China. The report said that the saber-toothed cat was 100 million years old and the dinosaur eggs were 60 million years old.

    The dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago (5 million years before their eggs apparently) and that was long before mammals appeared - mammals like the saber-toothed cat were around in the Pleistocene, also known as the 'ice age' - an era that ended only 10,000 years ago.

    If CNN can't get that straight how can we trust the complicated facts on health care?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  184. Roberto Lequeux

    Until funding comes exclusively from viewers subscriptions, and not from advertising (aka corporations, aka lobbyists), why should we?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  185. Bennett Resnik

    Trust for the media has declined due to the way media bias has become a strong factor in reporting. As a junior in college I am currently taking a media and politics course. I can see that trust in the media has been declining over the past decade. There is limited opportunity to speak with "real" American people, instead they turn to these "experts" instead of the working Americans. Media sometimes cater to their corporate sponsors, not accuratley reporting events, leaning more towards a certain political ideal.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  186. Cliff English

    NO, I do not. I have been close to news stories only to see the reporters add their own spin on the facts. If the facts aren't allowed to speak for themselves then I don't want to hear an outsiders spin on what happened.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  187. Brett Hatfield

    Dear Heidi,

    Overall I do trust the media! What I trust even more than the media though is the rapport an individual reporter has with me. There are some I trust and some I do not. The news from those that I trust carries more weight with me. For example, if it comes from you Heidi (being someone I trust) – it has a better chance of being believed!

    Have a great day...

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  188. grandma s

    I do not trust FoxNews as they never fact check anything on the air that their people have said.
    Therefore most of their anchors and guests say anything they like and I image their viewers accept all the madeup stories told on Fox. Plus they keep saying they are fair and balanced which is a joke.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  189. Peter C. King

    Do I trust the media?

    Yes and No.

    I believe that the media reports the facts correctly.

    But they don't report all the facts.

    That leaves me wondering what they left out.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  190. Patrick

    I am not surprised by the survey results on trust in the news media. While I would still say that I trust the 24-hour network to a degree; I believe everything must be taken with a grain of salt. Your networks are giving the "news" but everyone needs to be aware that certain networks have an axe to grind.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  191. Chris Jepperson

    No way. Selective and shallow. Too many talking heads and not enough real digging and exposing tough topics.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  192. Richard Lamse

    No, as the media is brought and produced by people. People are influenced. Media is a money machine and will do everything necessary to, for example: attract advertisers, viewers etc...

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  193. Bob

    NO.

    Reason: CNN's coverage of the 9/11 Coast Guard Drill.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  194. Greg W

    I don't trust any single voice in the media–that's just foolish. The cable news networks (CNN, Fox, MSNBC, etc.) should always be taken with a grain of salt, but not because they are politically biased–the public should keep in mind that there is a reason TV news segments are stuck in between advertisements. News networks have to attract viewers, so it should come as no surprise that cable news coverage is biased toward entertainment-value, and not necessarily a particular political party or philosophy.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  195. Javier Santos

    Of course I know there is some truth in what CNN says, but the contents is obviously geared at increasing ratings. Also, you just need to watch other channels and you'll see the difference in how the same facts can be presented in so many ways.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  196. Jason

    Trust is a big word... The facts may be there however things are often out of context... Example, The Boston Tea party has nothing to do with race and is simply about those looking for a revolution... However the media is questioning those about race and it is annoying... Race has nothing to do with it at all...

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  197. Cory Mendenhall

    The news media in this country has become nothing more than filler between commercials, not unlike sitcoms or soap operas. The stories covered and opinions shared ebb and flow with the wishes of sponsors and no Heidi, I don't feel it's completely trustworthy.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  198. US-nickels

    The media can make any story sound important even if it isn't.
    I feel like my trust for the media has fell dew to the hiding of the truth.
    And plus the media is controlled by the government. And the government doesn't really care about the people the way they should.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  199. Michael Eckstut

    I do not trust the media to report news and facts fairly. Aside from the political bias in most newspapers and TV news which affects how stories are covered, the media is often more interested in what(they think) makes a good story, rather than the facts or the truth of the story. Often that means someone who yells the loudest or is the most "controversial". The media, especially TV media, often uses a very small slice or event, which truly is not representative of the whole to color the whole story - the 1% problem will get 80% of the coverage.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  200. Pat Lavery

    No, I don't trust Mainstream media, including CNN. News has become secondary to ratings, and is biased toward the views of their parent corporations and corporate sponsors(how many health care and pharmaceutical companies advertise on CNN?). The era of Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow is long gone. CNN and its colleagues need to take a long hard look at the disservice they are doing to the American people in presenting entertainment rather than news. Also, I feel that Mainstream media gives far too much airtime to political hacks that shout talking points instead of facts. The health care 'debate' is prime example of this, and is a major factor in why people are confused about an issue that deeply affects us all.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  201. bilderburg

    no, cause most of the vast media is controled by company that only allows what to showed. Just like the iraq war. we barely see what goes on there anymore.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  202. Bob in Minneapolis

    Heaven's no. This is the reason that I primarily watch FOX news. That liberal slant to seemingly everything is unscrupulous.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  203. Jorge Serrano

    People do not trust corporate media for good reason. The extremely close relation between corporations and corporate media and the current crop of "spoke model" type infotainers instead of real journalists is why I, along with many other Americans don't trust media.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  204. Wakefield Travers

    I feel CNN makes it a priority to tell the facts and get the stories right. However, it is very difficult for any of us to tell a story with out inserting our own feelings. That is why it is important for we the viewers to watch multiple news sources, to read newspapers, and to do our own investigation on the issues so we can identify the facts.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  205. Mr. P

    No I do not trust the media – any more than I trust any major corporation in the US today. It's all about the bottom line – sensationalism, not unbiased truth is what sells.

    -Phil

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  206. Colin

    I don't really trust the current news media, for a variety of reasons. First, CNN totally blew the coverage of the Coast Guard story on 9/11 because you based the whole thing on hearsay. The channel's defense seemed to be "we reported what we heard," but you didn't hear any shots fired, did you? Because there weren't any. Which means you based it on something you were told second-hand, which is a glorified version of the telephone game.

    Another major reason is hardly the fault of the news media, but rather its viewing public. A lot of the stories, particularly the current health care debate, for example, are incredibly complicated and would require hours of tedious details to be reported accurately. The general public isn't interested in a story that takes that long to tell, so you're forced to oversimplify things or skim over details in order to keep viewers. This is a form of editorializing. Plus it's so much easier to report on the sensational reactions to health care reform, as opposed to the reform itself. You're a business, and you have to do what you can to make a profit.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  207. Dan

    I don’t trust the media, because you are owned by the corporations. When it became legal for corporations thats sole purpose was not the news to own news entities then credibility has consistently fell off. The media now spins news according to what their masters want them to spin it and true journalists have been kicked to the curb leaving cute little politically correct faces to spin the news to the masses…not journalists.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  208. Henry Lawrence

    Yes, I trust the media to get the facts straight. However, the analysis behind the facts is sometimes inadequate. All of the media can and do report "what" happened, but the "why" is subject to each reporting organization's personal background, knowledge, and prejudices. That is why I try to tune into various points of view.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  209. adam rapone

    How can we trust the news when everything is being handed down to them by people on the top who are in control of not just the us but the world. Its not about governments its about money and power, and the people with all the money have all the power and control the world media. We get told what they want us to know bottom line. Don't trust the media its just a puppet to the New World Order.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  210. Cynthia Mitchell

    I think the media has gone from reporting the news to personal comments on what they "think". It takes so long for a commentator to ask a single question (because they are so busy inserting their personal views into the question) that there is no time for the guest to fully answer the question and they are usually "cut off" midstream. I think the representatives reporting the news should do just that, report the facts, and keep their opinions to themselves.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  211. Pamela Lee

    It is the occasional personal opinions of the reporters that intertwine with the news coverage that distort some stories, that I do not trust.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  212. hcurtiss

    I think bias is what hurts media credibilty the most. When a network, show or personality displays favoritism towards one party, idea or viewpoint who ever is on the other side will likely conclude that they don't have the facts or are not telling the truth. There is so much opinion expressed within news content now by all players that the survey numbers don't surprise me at all.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  213. Linda

    What news? The news is not reported as far I am concerned.
    Its a media circus trying to get ratings. The supposed 'news broadcaster' is a thing of the past. These people who commentate are like actors trying to keep their rolls. They allow their personal bias to show and tilt the news with their commentaries.
    Its like watching a soap opera...........SAD
    I do miss the days when the facts were presented and not twisted around.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  214. Brian from ohio

    Look at Rush Limbaugh,Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck,they are a prime example of right wing extremists.

    Rachel Maddow,and Keith Olberman are great examples of left wing extremists.

    Then there's CNN..I honestly feel they are equally bias,they have a few conservative and a few liberal.

    If you want HONEST TO GOODNESS news...watch international news"non USA"..they have no reason to report it any other way.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  215. Keith Meyerson

    If the media would simply present the facts then there would be no issue. The problem I see is the increasing tendancy of the media to insert their own opinion into a factual story. Your own Lou Dobbs is a perfect example. I think the media believes that their audience needs every story digested into small sound bytes that may be easily understood by a 5th grader. Give us some credit. Present the facts, show countervailing points and then let us form our own opinion. If you want us to trust you, you need to trust that we're intelligent enough to form our own conclusions from the evidence.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  216. Rudy Stearnes

    Absolutely not! And you why Heidi, please stop insulting us. People are starting wise up, and thank God (I mean this), that there are quite a few non-mass media outlets that don't mind, not scared, and non-big business funded and truth driven.

    I know you work for these people, but it's never to late for you personally to submit your purpose to truth.

    peace and blessings

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  217. Michael John Platt

    The media definitely has hidden agendas. Maybe it's to get good ratings. Why else would you cover celebrity deaths for hours when a war is on?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  218. Ed McLaughlin

    I don't trust the media because you all have editors who decide what you are told to say to us. I can't stop thinking that the editor needs to put a – plus rating for my employer- on every piece of information. The editor also brings his or her personal life prejudices and beliefs to bear on that decision!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  219. Dorothy,

    I use to trust the media. The media of Walter Cronkite and others who simply reported the news. they didn't find the need to offer opinion, but rather allow those of us viewing to make our minds up. They didn't offer one sided opinions. They didn't make disengenious statements and they called out those that did when they knew bogus claims were being propagated. So the pew research poll has certainly captured one thing I think the nation can agree upon.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  220. Dre

    I do not trust the media the way it is skewed today. I am neither Republican or Democrat, I'm an Independent. when I watch the media on any network and see the political analysts or commentary they always skew to the left or to the right there's no one that plays it right down the middle. Let's get back to the days where the news was just reported and the reporters didn't inject any framework around the stories to lean left or right.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  221. Dan Solomon

    It is difficult to trust thwe media when increasingly they take the "easy route" displaying people's opinions taken from posts like this instead of doing the work of seeking out, digesting, and then reporting the facts associated with a story.
    Ireally don't gave a hoot about what Joe Schmo thinks. I want to hear what YOU think after investigating the story! And, if you have a personal opinion about the facts, I am OK with that...just put it out there.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  222. Sam

    I trust the media to a point on most channels. The hate stations I have no use for and when reporters start giving their opinion the volume goes off.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  223. Yolanda

    No! I do not trust you. Where is our president; where is the media? I finally heard something regarding ACORN – today on CNN. As for the other networks: CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC – nothing regarding ACORN;s fraud/brothels, etc. Sorry to say that a lot of talent and brains are going to waste! The personnel at those networks must feel they have their hands tied because they cannot exercise and do their job/s they went to college for! What a pity! Are we in Venezuela; Cuba; North Korea; Iran....?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  224. Leslie

    No, because far too often the individual giving the news is more concerned about their image than the information being presented. Too many people in news are trying to be celebrities. Self indulged individuals who should have bipassed journalism and gone straight to drama class.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  225. Matt Keogh

    The fact that CNN feels the need to salve its ego by conducting a non-scientific survey of its viewers to counter the study is amusing. It is natural to assume that a spot-check of everyone watching CNN this morning will produce a result more friendly to media than the broad spectrum of those polled in the study.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  226. hiteminthewallet

    No, most of the time you report from an oppinionated slant. If, at all. And, we are tired of hearing the "minorities" are bad stories.

    Your black in America series was typical of the usual crap. Couldn't just spot-light on the growth. When you do white in America "feel good stories" you don't go to trailer parks to include those folks.Or kkk, militia types being interviewed. Or those to the right with the warped perspective of what the Bible is stating.

    But, when you do, if ever mention hispanics, its usually Mexico and related to drugs, human trafficking or illegal immigration. There are many other hispanic cultures in America. But yet you lump everyone together. Not surprised when hispanics in New York are being targeted for attack.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  227. Jigar

    I trust John Stewart, NPR, BBC and the nightly NBC, CBS and ABC anchors. CNN, FOX and MSNBC gives to much airtime to the fringe groups of our society. But, I do love Fredrica. I can watch her all day!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  228. Chris Zack

    Heidi,

    You must be kidding. Lets look at this.

    Its generally accepted that Fox has a bias towards the right/Republicans and CNN has a bias towards the left/Democrats. We all know that the government, both parties, can't open their mouths without telling a lie. We also know that our "revered" politicians legislate for their lobbyists, which, generally has nothing to do with the best interests of their constituents, and the media will spin the story however they see fit to best further their agenda.

    Therefore, its impossible for the media to deliver "just the facts".

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  229. Logan B.

    The media will always be biased. It's human nature. It's the viewer's responsibility to access all avenues of information and use their reason to come to a position.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  230. Joe McClure

    There is very little news on TV anymore. There is only SPIN ZONES and stupid yelling contests. Wish we could bring back Walter. Even CNN has joined the contest of who can put on a show with 5 or more idiots trying to talk at the same time. Funny thing is that they have nothing of importance to contribute in the first place. TV is worse than just a VAST WAIST LAND. It just SUCKS!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  231. Paul

    I do not put much trust in the media for far to many reasons than I could possible list here. What irks me the most is you only report the bad news when it comes to the war overseas. I recive a lot of emails that are generated by our troops over there and their is a lot going on that is good but the "media" wont waste the time to report it! I should stop here because talking about it just raises my blood pressure.(LOL)

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  232. Floyd Ruhl

    I do not trust the Media because they are in too many cases totally biased and are promoting their orginizations view point.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  233. Marlin

    1. Your report about the Drug wars in Juarez, Mexico showed a location for Juarez that was no where close to where it is actually located.

    2. Your report about fossils from China reported that the saber-toothed tiger skulls were 100 million years old. Dinosaurs went extent 65 million years ago and mammals didn't arise until after that, so your date is off by at least 50 million years.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  234. John

    Absolutely not.

    The media are only in it for ratings. A very good example was CNN's report of coastguard exercise on Potomac last week. Not only did they report that shots had been fired but that the President was close to the exercise at the time.

    When report turmed out to be false CNN said that it would have been irresponsibe not to report. Last time I checked, it was irresponsibe to report something without checking the facts?

    The rush for ratings was obviously a higher priority than facts.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  235. Jared

    I believe the media is more concerned with ratings or who is the best news organization than making sure the coverage is bias and correct. It's a competition....Perfect example is the Coast Guard training exercise in Washington D.C. A CNN reporter thought he/she had a great story and wanted to be the first to report the situation. Beside getting the FACTS, CNN put the country on edge for nothing! I have to unfortunately say the 911 terrorists and terrorist goal to scare and instill FEAR in our society has been successful.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  236. Robert Hodge

    Certain networks are obliviously bias, but I watch CNN only because the coverage is fair, world wide and very extensive. If I was without cable I would never watch the news, its almost shameful the topics they address and the amount they repeat the same headlines.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  237. Judy

    I do trust media to point. But somethings issues get over reacted. I believe you all do best you can. Also think some issues such get over reviewed.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  238. Danger Dan

    I do not believe the media at all. I believe that news organizations are biased and only tell you what they want you to hear. Perfect example, these comments are "moderated" by CNN which means that they probably only show a certain amounts of pro and con arguments in order to make them look good. For shame!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  239. Nick

    NO.
    Your choices of "national newsworthy" stories are not investigated
    enough b4 going nationwide with airs of "emergency" all over them.

    I don't believe your editors are completely unbiased in ther choices of political stories. Conservatives seem to be covered twice as much as liberal/moderate counterparts.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  240. james windings

    yes i most certainly do. I get up at 5 30 central time to watch it all morning. You guys are very informative with news and i like cnn.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  241. Mickey

    Do I trust the media ? Generally.

    However, I firmly believe that the media has grown a very politically biased. It's a shame because the media should be providing accurate full story news with both views. They have also played emotion and fear into the public the way stories are reported and selected. Stories are reported with slants and angles shifted toward higher ratings.

    It's been a great diservice to the American public. Shame on you CNN.

    Mike

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  242. Jason

    I lost trust of the media long ago when the Bush Administration used the terrorists threat level alerts for political gain, but its not the first time that a government used the news media for political propaganda. Every government uses the news media as a tool. when the government can sensor the internet, all hope of truth will be lost.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  243. Lyle Johnson

    I do not trust the media espececially those that work for networks that seem to be very biased! I have learned as I have gotten older that the media are just giving opinions just my and you and the facts are not as important. What I do is watch several media reports and try to find a common ground.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  244. S. Billing

    The news is too biased. If you compare how a news story is covered by CNN vs. Fox in many cases it does not look like the same story. Also the stories that are highlighted and covered repeatedly show that agenda is more important than truth.

    The media allowing the White House to use them as their propaganda machines for access is shameful.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  245. Charles

    The media has definitely had an equilibrium problem the last few years.....leaning way too far to the left that is. I personally do not trust the media, particularly mainstream media outlets. The media has lost touch with the values that has made this country great. I find time after time the media lets down the American public it supposedly serves with clear complicit biases toward the liberal movement.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  246. Karen C

    You make it difficult for us to trust you. I watch off and on all day and when one news anchor breaks a story then the next one acts as if he hasn't even heard of that information and goes on with pursuing a completely different line totally ignoring the facts we've just been given, I have a tendency to think you people dont even listen to each other.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  247. Helen

    I love watching CNN because they just report the news – not give their bias OPPINION on the subject.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  248. Eddy

    It's very hard to believe the media when two of the most widely known three letter news stations in America are so clearly biased along party lines. The "Democrat" and "Republican" news stations need to focus much more on remaining neutral, or at least balance the point of views, and persons of independent point of views as well.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  249. S E Saunder

    The news today is about advertising and generating income. Breaking items are reported with little fact checking and then told to the watching public with the required corperate SPIN.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  250. Ralph Basch

    Unfortunateley, all the major TV media is driven by ratings which attract sponsers. Therefore we are bombarded with provacative, leading questions to create "exc.iting" TV" rather than "just the facts."

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  251. John Laury

    I do not trust the media at all. I find it to be very bias and opinionated. They take statements out of context and exploit them beyond realisum.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  252. Christopher Fojtik

    in one land mark case, a former FOX investigated reporter did a report on about Monsanto growth hormone, rBGH, for milk cows. The reporter uncovered surouis effects in both the cows producing the milk and the humans consuming the milk. Monsanto, as it turned out, devotes a considerable budget to advertising with FOX News and its affiliates though out the country. Monsanto discovered that A highly critical report, concerning their BGH growth hormone program, was about to be released . And they used their considerable influence to pressure Fox News to kill the story. The case lead to the anchor and her co-responder to be fired from fax, to refusing to falsifying their report and cover the BGH affects. The anchors filed a wrongful termination suite in FL and won in court. Where the jury found the FOX did indeed made a cover up. FOX than fought back, arguing that there was no FCC requirement agents mess representing the facts on the news. . .I get my news on-line, I was just so lucky to watch Heidi this morning.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  253. Joe

    CNN= somewhat to the left but close to the middle
    Fox News= Right view

    both also depends on the anchor also. The best way to watch the news is to use common sense. Although I have noticed on Fox News, when a guest doesnt agree with the anchors, they get angry and sometimes resort to name calling. That is unacceptable to me and I don't see that on CNN. However, I do watch both stations to try and get as many angles as possible and If I think something is askew, I do my own research. The internet is an extremely powerful research tool, if you know how to properly use it.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  254. Ed

    No! The news media including CNN have been pot stirers often times in many news stories especially with our new president. Often using sound bites to distort truths and influence the already tainted thinking of some americans who don't have a clue in the first place. Most americans won't seek out the truth for themselves so they look to the news media for truth. We who seek the real story out know not to trust some or most media sources, simply because their owners or board members happen to be of a certain political persuasion. So as americans we cannot trust the news we see on our television because we can't trust you to give us true an unbiased stories. I believe your press is often based on what your leadership agrees with personally according to their particular political persuasion, so it often comes across in the way you cover a story and what you say based on the sound bites your present.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  255. Jeff

    What's to trust? For almost 4 decades now most of the news media has limited it's content to whatever will increase viewers and, in turn, advertiser revenue. The news media has long since forgotten that they are supposed to be journalists not entertainers.

    Long gone are the days of news as a service to the viewers and as a public affairs function of corporations. Now that it's entirely profit driven, the word "news" no longer applies. There should be restrictions on where that word can be used. We're now in an era where a large portion of the population believes anything anyone says on tv or print because the media feeds them intellectual junk food and calls it news. Then the media seems surprised that their viewers keep getting dumber by the week. The bottom line is that the drooling masses keep spending money with the advertisers.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  256. Mary Engel

    Heidi,
    Trust is the wrong word. Let's say more accurately, I do not rely on the mainstream media for reliable information because they are too tuned in to entertainment. At this precarious time in world history, why is REAL reporting so underrepresented? Why does the media waste precious time reporting inane political antics, stupid stories out of LaLa Land (ie Hollywood), hate, vitriol, etc? We already KNOW the darkness....why not go BACK to solid deep journalism? Ask hard questions? Use the power of the media to serve, enlighten and even GUIDE people into hope, ways to be useful to others. We, the little people, the silent sensible masses, need your help. And we need it right now.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  257. bearyfun40

    OMG! The way some talk , you would think news was like someone was trying to kill us. In all , they are trying to there job with what there allowed to say and read off the teleprompt. If it wasnt for the news , how would we know what the ""' was going on. Seriously this world needs to relax on fibulous stuff and focus on Actuallity. I would never watch the news on local channels because they never give the full story , when CNN come out I thought that was the greatest thing in the world. Everyone has to follow the agenda or rules at there job!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  258. Tim Ranger

    Hi Heidi,
    news needs to be factual, not hearsay. Cut out all the social networking. Stop sensationalizing. Stop picking sides on hot topic news based on what will create more outrage and therefor more viewers. This is supposed to be news, not entertainment.
    Cheers! Tim

    September 16, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  259. orosie

    NO!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  260. Ralph

    No I do not trust the media. The media does not represent the telling of the truth as much as it represents sensationalizing and skewing public perception. It is an organization like so many others that is for sale and is currently owned by corporate interests.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  261. JD

    The media is about making money. Reporting populist pulp is the best that the media can do. The current state of media is nearly a carbon copy of the Yellow Media of the late 19th century. Sensationalism is the order of the day, not facts.
    For example, the woman who stated that we should return to the way the founders saw the constitution is a joke. If we returned to that method of governance then she would not be allowed to vote since she is not a white male land owner. Her lack of knowledge was celebrated as the voice of mainstream. I am disgusted that she recieved any air time for simply being ignorant. That is pulp journalism.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  262. Freedom

    l don't trust the media because all they report this days are the same news that others before them have reported. they don't take the time to research fresh news any more. l guess the bush demonstration scared them so much that they forgot what it means to be a news reporter.

    CNN use to be the leaders in fresh new news, now its like they just follow others by reporting the same old news all day.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  263. Art Garland

    No I don’t trust the media to report the “real” facts or the truth. Take Joe Wilson, his outburst during Obama’s address to Congress. As news goes, this story is not a pimple on a chigger’s ass, yet even today, you are still goring him. You would never report the booing of Geo Bush.

    During the election, the media reported some 90% positive and only some 30% positive for McCain. Some of the news outlets were so into Obama, there was never questioned about his true beliefs when plenty of flags.
    The furious attacks on Sarah Palin were non-stop for lack of experience, when Obama has no experience, and we are seeing the effects of this. The attacks continue today, even though she is now in private life.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  264. Nanita

    I distrust the news when they present the viewpoint with wrong data, facts and stats, and don't EMPHASIZE the truth. We know the viewer will remember the last and first part of a discussion, said and that's where the truth should be.

    I distrust the news when they present the viewpoint without presenting backup studies.

    I distrust the news when they present the viewpoint with wrong data and cite "somebody said", "most people say", "some economists say" without revealing who these "somebodies" are.

    I distrust the news when they speculate and anticipate the future. That's when I tune them out.

    I distrust the news when I hear opinionated words in their presentation.

    CNN is one of the better ones although CNN can work toward improvement.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  265. John

    No I do not trust the media. Today's media is all about profit and less about informing the public. The politicians know that the media can not resist the sensational, even if it is without truth. Americans do not benifit from viewing today's news media, because they are not getting good information. The he say, she say approach does not inform. NO investigative research is done, most of the time. The rush to be the first is a sore on Americain news media.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  266. Malcolm

    I do not trust the media because of the apparent shift from journalism to the more lucrative (but highly suspect) form of infotainment. You debate opinions first and then give a cursory examination of the facts. This leads to wild speculation. – You have it backward. You should always first fully present the facts and then allowing political pundits to pontificate and bask in their own brilliance.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  267. Roger

    With the exception of FOX , I think the media is truthful. What I don't like about the major news outlets is that when a news item ( i.e Obama's birth place or death panels) proves to be false and just hate/political driven, big media will keep repeating and repeating the story. This brings your news to the level of a tabloid.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  268. Gordon

    I caught two factual errors in the first half hour I watched this morning. You showed a map with Juarez, MX hundreds of miles from its actual location. In another piece, a saber toothed cat was sad to be one hundred millions years old. I believe the oldest ever found is less than 42 million years old.

    If you can't get simple facts straight how can I trust anything you say?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  269. adam ricards

    Until the election coverage I was an avid Fox viewer. But as soon as I started to notice the one sided coverage and opinion driven news casts I began to lose much of my respect for the network. I started to watch CNN and found the journalism much easier to watch. I’m still very apprehensive of believing everything I hear but at least I feel CNN gets more of the story and less opinion than other networks. As I’ve said to my co-workers, “I didn’t know I was a democrat until Fox news told me I was.” :)

    September 16, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  270. CN

    NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! Why don't you tell ALL news without the usual left-wing accolades only???? As an Independent, the only way I've been able to find out what the heck is really going on is by switching over to Fox News!!!! It seems you're not showing what REALLY is going on, e.g. ACORN, VAN JONES & so on.

    Unless CNN starts telling all the truths, I will be forced to watch only FOX NEWS!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  271. Jeffrey R. Johnson

    I do not trust the television media.

    Television media has become a revenue source for the large conglomerates who own them. Like any business, the costs to produce the product, in this case the news, have been reduced. This means fewer journalists in the field and in today's 24-hour news cycle we see a smaller percentage of investigative journalism. Filling the void are reactive observations and talking heads who are given a forum because they have an opinion.

    Networks claim to offer viewers fair coverage because they have two points of view about a topic, gone is the ability to find the actual facts.

    If the media is expected to be a part of the checks-and-balances of our democracy there needs to be a larger investment in journalism.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  272. bwilson

    I trust a few in the media, mainly those who are sharing the truth concerning Israel, and supporting its right to exist. Other media groups who are bowing to Islamic threats and kissing the hand of our enemy – I do not trust. I trust Judeo-Christian reporting. It is the source of truth. The rest is "politically correct" on the outside – and sinister on the inside.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  273. Jane Beck

    News media has stopped investigating, and merely reports. If John Doe says Joe Sixpack is a child molester, the media repeats that without ever checking whether it is true. And then they continue reporting the mudfight that follows. The truth is an afterthought.
    Now the loudest voices are the news, regardless of their veracity, or how very few people they represent.
    I have not yet forgiven the media for their slobbering devotion to the lies leading to the Iraq war when there were many, many voices [like Special Envoy to the Middle East Gen. Anthony Zinni, with unmatched credentials] who were ignored. That seriously undermines the old chestnut about the media being liberal.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  274. John

    I don't trust media 100%.
    In order to improve my french, portuguese and spanish I also watch french TV5 channel, argentinian tv stations, spaniard and brazilian ones. All of them show events which take place in Iraq, which are not shown by our national networks, including CNN. That let's me realize , the government directs the media.
    I remember a few years ago british soldiers killed a whole family in Iraq and all the international networks showed the event. None of the american networks did.
    Also when 2 american soldiers were hung under a bridge CNN showed it and withing 5 minutes a colonel interrupted the transmission and said it was a shame to show that event.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  275. Jerry Jones/Palmetto Florida

    I think the question should be if the media is reporting everything they know. I think the media is reporting in a way that the government will be please. Its either out of fear or just trying to stay on this administrations good side. I think the news under Obama is totally different since Bush. Bottom line the news is kissing up so they are not left out of the next staged press conference.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  276. ann

    NO NO NO NO If ratings were not involved in the news programs, the citizens could possibly believe what they here. There should be one station devoted to news and all stations could have a part of it.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  277. mike b

    The media hated Bush, and they love Obama. Stories like ACORN, get minimal coverage. Had ACORN been a conservative group they would have beed destroyed by the media.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  278. Angela Rice

    I trust certain media sources, but not the media in general. When TV media outlets are blatantly biased such as Fox News and MSNBC, I do not believe they can be trusted to provide news in a matter that provides the facts without slanting them to their political views. I think "news" personalities such as Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Lou Dobbs, and others increasingly add to the perception that TV News outlets are spouting political viewpoints in their "reporting". The dying newspaper industry has had its individual papers labeled liberal or conservative. \

    I find myself turning more to PBS news, BBC America, and NPR radio for my news.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  279. Josh Reese

    Yes, and No...

    Leading up to the Iraq War, the media let GWB off the hook on a lot. Although the nation was in shock from 9/11, the fourth estate should've researched fully the extent to which the Bush administration was shredding our constitution, and the Geneva Conventions, with his illegal declaration of war of Hussein's regime.

    With climate change, investigative journalism should be at the fore-front of the scientific debate, keeping everyone involved in this international dialogue, for the planet, truly, is in peril.

    Nowadays, stories about Acorn break when a white kid pretending to be a pimp cracks the case. Where were investigative journalists on that one? That would've been a lay-up for you guys. (not you Heidi, you rock)

    September 16, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  280. Benjamin Pope

    There is not a fine enough line between journalism and entertainment in today's media. For people to trust the accuracy of news, we need a news network who respects information and journalism, not celebrities and human interest stories.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  281. Dave

    I believe most of the media lean left-ward and are generally sympathetic toward liberal causes. They downplay liberal "sins" and play up those of conservatives. Every criticism of President Obama is now framed as "racist" while Liberals routinely criticized President Bush, calling him a "liar" and warmonger.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  282. M. Miller

    Hiedi, I trust the media to a certain extent. There has always been an imbalance of CNN treats African Americans, especially celebrities and athletes. The Serena thing was on tv for three straight days and Federer cursed out the Umpire and it got all of 30 secs. It now seems that the media has turned on the President and is giving all of the press to the small groups that are against him. We need more focus on the news and not on negativity and nonsense.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  283. Michael Anthony

    Network news is a joke! And worst, I find it hard to believe that every journalist/reporter is so naive they don't realize this! They just don't care because it doesn't serve their own selfish interests to rock the boat and do an truly investigative report. No matter, even if the reporter/journalists did the most extensive and evidence-supported story it would never make it past the editors if it didn't further the agenda of the News Corporation!! Accept for those with their head still stuck in the sand, most of us already know we need to get the REAL news from other sources. This was confirmed by your "Do You Trust the Media?" polls.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  284. stephen bennett

    In answer to your question: no, I do not trust most of the media in their efforts to report news stories. With the glut of 24 hour newstations and their rush to "scoop" the others, it appears that they forget about the most important thing-reporting the facts. Am I not in touch any longer? Because I remember a time when the old adatage of having more than one source to back eachother's information. Has verification gone by the wayside? I respect the reporting of some news correspondents that dig into the story such as Mr. Anderson Cooper etc... before airing the story. I also blame the producers and executives for allowing the practice sensationalism to permeate the newscasts. Thank you for allowing me to share my opinion.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  285. Wolfgang w. Halbig

    Heidi,

    Watergate/Washington was the last true investigative reporting that showed Americans that we have reporters that follwed there gut feelings and instincts in order to report the truth no matter where the story leads them. Reporters then or the National news media then did not choose sides they wanted to tell the story so we as Americans had the facts at the end of each work day. We as people today deserve the facts just as they did then. Where have all those journalist and reporters gone, it looks as they have sold there soul to the Whitehouse for front row seats and access during news conferences and interviewing the president. You the media are here for the people not to make others look good.

    wolfgang

    September 16, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  286. Kevin

    The news media lost trust from the public when their focus changed from factual news to opinionated news. From straight up reports to sensational reality-tv drama.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  287. monkeymajik

    Trust the media? Media is owned by the 1% who have more $$ than the rest of us combined! Doesn't lead to trust.

    Do a piece on Emotional Intelligence. Not many people using it, except President Obama.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  288. Charlie Ryan

    Heidi, the short answer is no. I don't trust or reject anything I hear, but pass it through the "is this likely" filter. It seems journalism has taken a fatal turn to be a persuader rather than a reporter. For instance, CNN and most of the broadcast media became infatuated with Obama, and have been in the tank for Obama ever since he announced his candidacy. I don't need to see "all Obama, all the time" with the anchors and reporters gushing over him. Fox is in the tank for the republicans, cnn, abc, nbc and cbs is in the tank for the democrats. It's not supposed to be that way. The media is supposed to be impartial and report the facts, opinion should clearly be labeled as opinion, but it is now reported as news. That is what causes the distrust and makes it very difficult to have any faith in ANYTHING that is reported as true.

    John King, John Roberts and Anderson Cooper seem to make an effort at controling their biases. Howard Kurtz is good. The rest make it very easy to detect their opinions in their reporting. Carol Costello is a good example of someone who reports her opinions as facts.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  289. Tosin Kasali

    Like any great artist, the media paints a picture that can be interpreted in many different ways. It is sad that sensationalizing the facts is the cornerstone of American media today. Facts are presented in a manner to stir reaction and not to provide awareness. People just want to know the truth about the world they live in. It’s just that simple

    September 16, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  290. john Cebak

    I do not trust the media for several reasons. I certainly feel the major networks are politically biased. I believe certain topics are chosen over more pertinent and relative stories for sensationalism. I do not like how the media runs the same stories over and over for a few days. I have to go to different sorces such as; Al Jazeera, the Drudge report, The Turkish Journal and Euronews just to try and paint a full picture. Living around the world, (outside the U.S.) certainly opens your eyes.

    -An American Soldier

    September 16, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  291. Ronald Burris

    No, the news media's cater to big business and what the goverment wants them to tell the people. The News Media never tells the truth about Iraq and Afganistan and the true cost of this conflict.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  292. Dian G

    Heidi, I am so glad you asked us this question. I trust those CNN journalists like you and Anderson Cooper who report the facts and NOT their personal opinions or biases. Reporters like Lou Dobbs of CNN and the Glen Beck types of Fox News constantly share their personal opinions who I consider entertainers to people with extremist anti government views. I am shocked CNN still has Lou Dobbs, who is contributing to this lack of trust and any fall out in your ratings. I have viewed every news and found CNN to be the most trustworthy news available. All of you except Lou Dobbs are in my home every day!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  293. twilson

    I trust Hannity, Beck and those on Fox News.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  294. Gloria J. Walton

    I trust MSNBC only. It include facts and stats. I watch it between 5 Pm to 4 AM.

    I beleive that CNN lost credibility on Sept 11 with unneccessary coverage about New York's water patrol training, i.e., unneccessary hyp. It seems as though reporters where trying to create news as oppose to reporting news.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  295. Matt from MN

    I do trust some of what the mainstream media says, with exception of one that starts with an "F", if they would get out of the hole and be 30% CORRECT, and not -30% i'm sure the poll would go down to 1985 levels again: Just a thought.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  296. Donald Gargac

    Yes, all the news media is biased. Each either projects the personal view of the reporter or the media management. CNN is definitely pro-Obama and Democrat. Any time CNN asks their panel of experts, the panel is always stacked 2 to 1 to project that basis. The only unbiased CNN reporter since Glenn Beck left is Lou Dobbs. I suspect he will not be on CNN much longer because his views differ from CNN management. You need to change the name of Campbell Brown's show to "All Bias and Bull"
    All the major networks and newspapers are the same, just with different views. A person must watch and read everything they can and filter through all the information and draw their own conclusion.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  297. Pete Jensen

    Trust steadily decreasing:
    - Reporters and copywriters either don't care or are unqualified to read peer reviewed material before they echo the consensus of sources like twitter, utube. Haste to scoop and publish outweighs authenticity
    - Failures to cross check other sources (CNN Wash D.C. Coast Guard – potomac 9/11/09)

    Five years ago, responsible news organizations would fire employees that did this. Now CNN just says, "we're continuing to follow this story......"

    September 16, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  298. Jay

    No I do not trust the media. Unfortunatly, if you watch the major news networks, you will see different takes on all the stories. Some news outlets use straight terror tactics to control the public opinion. In an age where the opinion of the few can be used to control the many as easily as it is now, the media needs to be held accountable for thier short comings. in an age where our politicians and lawmakers do a good enough job of spinning facts and figures to further thier own agendas, the media needs to fill thier primary role of just reporting facts, and letting us form our own opinions, instead of injecting thier agenda driven opinions in our news.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  299. Christopher Fojtik

    In one land mark case, a former FOX investigated reporter did a report on about Monsanto growth hormone, rBGH, for milk cows. The reporter uncovered serious effects in both the cows producing the milk and the humans consuming the milk. Monsanto, as it turned out, devotes a considerable budget to advertising with FOX News and its affiliates though out the country. Monsanto discovered that A highly critical report, concerning their BGH growth hormone program, was about to be released . And they used their considerable influence to pressure Fox News to kill the story. The case lead to the anchor and her co-anchor to be fired from fox, to refusing to falsifying their report and cover the BGH affects. The anchors filed a wrongful termination suite in FL and won in court. Where the jury found the FOX did indeed made a cover up. FOX than fought back, arguing that there was no FCC requirement agents miss representing the facts on the news. What about the termination of the anchor that did the report on Bushs service in the reserve AIr Force? . . .I get my news on-line, I was just so lucky to watch Heidi this morning.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  300. Rich Steger

    No one trust the media because it is your interpretation of a real news item we get and seldom the facts. Thanks but no thanks!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  301. S. Jones

    The news media outlets has appeared to become more like gossip media, taking trivia items and making them top stories, giving them legs without merit. I was turned off and dismayed with professionals acting gossip monguls. I do not watch CNN or MSNBC as much anymore.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  302. Sarah

    Absolutely not! The media has failed this country completely because:
    1. The media in this country does not report well researched stories.
    2. The media is too busy trying to provide entertainment and not facts.
    3. The media failed miserably in it's coverage of the Bush administration....never asking hard questions.
    4. The media is simply not accurate.
    5. I find the BBC to be the most thorough and the one exception on CNN is Christiane Amanpour. The rest of you are worthless.....I repeat.....WORTHLESS!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  303. Mike Papa

    No I don't trust a media that spends in-ordinate amount of time force feeding the US public disposable trival pop as news? IE: Four NON STOP weeks on Michael Jackson's overdose? I stopped watching CNN regularly as a result. Garbage...where are the intrepid reporters going out to find the real truth and helping Americe TRULY return to the "rule of law". Why haven't they been digging up the OBVIOUS on what has transpired over the last 8 years under the republican ram rod administration. Where are the OBVIOUS comparisons to the National Socialist party of 1929 and the tactics of the NeoCons. NOPE..lighweights..instead of burying FOX NEWS you imitate them. Shame on you!!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  304. Larry Goldberg

    The 24 hour cable news media has become a major negative influence in our society. For the sake of ratings and filling time, viewers are bombarded with negative news stories repeated for hours if not days or weeks. Stories that are barely news worthy are sensationalized to keep viewers scared and glued to their screens. I for one have limited myself to a few minutes a day to limit my exposure. Networks such as Fox News and others are so biased that it is shameful and in view is a major contributor to the decline of our society. You are all guilty a presenting versions of the facts that are slanted and biased and that should just not be happening. As our society is not the most educated and enlightened one, the media should not use it's influence to move it's own agenda forward.

    How wonderful it would be to watch truthful and factual news. No more so called experts to predict what a candidate will do or say. Who cares!. Just a report on what the candidate actually did do or say. No more so called experts to give their personal advice on how we should proceed with war strategies. Leave it to those in charge. Enough is enough. The insanity needs to stop. Get the egomaniacs host like Bill Orielly off the air and just report the facts without opinions. Stop dramatizing the news. It is not supposed to entertain us.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  305. Corey

    It's difficult to trust a media source that doesn't deal with facts. I've heard so many Rick Sanchez opinions over the years that I feel like I know him personally. That's great, but that's not news. Opinions on medicine, opinions on race, opinions on murder (Natalie Holloway). I really don't care who Rick Sanchez thinks did it. If you don't know who did it, just say so and move on to something you do know. It's the same with every newspaper I pick up off a bench and then wind up throwing in the garbage. Every once in a while, I'll come across a story that only has the facts. That's beautiful.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  306. Kamar Aulakh

    Rupert Murdoch is the largest single owner of newspaper, magazine, television, and internet media outlets in the world. He also happens to be the Chairman and CEO of News Corporation (the owner of the Fox News Channel). His media outlets usually espouse his personal political and financial ideologies. A more appropriate name for “Fox News” would be “Fox Propaganda”!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  307. Lillian

    I no longer trust the media. Media today is all about ratings and that has resulted in sensationalizing and pandering to the lowest common denominator. The vast majority of media time is spent spewing titillating headlines to keep the viewer tuned in until after the commercial or some biased spin half based on facts that will fire up one particular group or another. A very sad state of affairs indeed

    September 16, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  308. Brian from ohio

    I second the "Daily Show"!

    Stewarts twist on the real stories are much more accurate and entertaining than CNN,FOX or MSNBC combined.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  309. Ian

    I have a great deal less faith in the media now than I did ten years ago. From my strong feeling that almost all reports are affected by a politically biased standpoint (a report about the same subject will be of an entirely different slant on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, or any other networks). I do not support either a liberal or conservative reporting style, I do not feel that the media should take such obvious sides.
    Further, my faith has been eroded over the last eight years as I have spent years on the ground in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the media as a whole has done a poor job or reporting the realities of the wars, or keeping any kind of perspective on the nature of the war, or more importantly the scale of the war's casualties. (Comparisons to Viet Nam often quoted make little sense if one considers that Viet Nam was a war with approximately 58,000 soldiers killed in the same timeframe of our present wars)
    I feel that media is about sensationalism more than proper reporting, and this is quite a sad thing.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  310. Gerald Jolly

    Very good question.
    Do I trust the media news.

    There are four reasons why the numbers are so dismal

    Reason #1 Rush Limbaugh
    Reason # 2 Bill Reilly
    Reason # 3 Glen Beck
    Reason # 4 Lou Dobbs

    The above named persons?? do not report an unbiased view point of the news.

    They report their own biased point of view, and any intelligent person can see through their cloud of biasness.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  311. Dave

    You ask if we trust the media, and I ask why should we?

    As long the media is owned by large corporations with political agendas that fly in the face of the American people and their needs, there can be no unbiased reporting.

    I ask, who does the media serve? The everyday American, or the powerful and corrupt special interest groups, unions, enviromentalists and politicians?

    The media no longer REPORTS the news, instead they pontificate and opine. They select only stries that support their owner’s agenda’s and then spin those stories based on the personal and political views of the editors and reporters.

    Americans, indeed America itself, must have a free and unbiased media, otherwise we will fail just as the many other countries throughout history.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  312. Bud H.

    If you truly were a news organization, then perhaps. I say that pretty much for all of the [negative] reasons that I see already posted on your blog.

    An underlying issue that I see and fault all of you on is that you now consider reporting what people or organizations or corporations think about the "news" as being news. It is not. Given that all news organizations now blatantly display their bias(es), I tend strongly not to watch or listen. I get most of my news from outside the USA (typically via shortwave radio), but still remain skeptical. (Note: I am retired and live outside of the USA, but just happen to be here visiting friends and family.)

    Heidi, you and others and guilty of the bias thing. How many times have you (will you?), or Wolfe or xxx (fill in all of the names at CNN and all other 'news' organizations) use verbal emphasis and careful selection of words to inject your viewpoints re events that you report on? Just reflect on that one aspect for a moment. (Anderson is one of the least afflicted with this malady.)

    If only Walter Cronkite could have lived and reported into eternity. I am confident he does rest in peace because he was true to principles of integrity.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  313. AJ, Canada

    News media like fox makes mockery of the jouralism. There is clear bias and political agenda behind the Fox's coverage. The damage done by those lunitc hosts would be irrepairabe to the society and the nation. No wonder people have lower trust and faith in media.
    AJ, Canada

    September 16, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  314. Mike

    This country has just gone through what may well be will the most corrupt 8 years in history of this country. The crimes committed by the Bush administration were treason. We invaded a sovereign country and liberated to death hundreds of thousands of that countries people. And to this day. The calculated and premeditated efforts to invade Iraq based on nothing but lies has still not been "THE NEWS".

    The fact that the ONLY WINNERS in the Iraq war were the oil companies.

    That the only time in Iraqs history the production of oil from Iraq was zero or under a million barrels a day. Was the day after Bush invaded Iraq and for the next 6-7 years never achieved its pre-invasion levels even though we had given Haliburton a 7 billion dollar no-bid contract to ensure there was no decrease in production due to damage as a result of the invasion....... There was no damage to any part of Iraqs oil infrastructure, production facilities, even the Oil Ministry one of the few government offices not bombed to oblivion was not damaged.

    The INDUCED oil shortage.....resulted in trillions of dollars of Americans dollars going...not back into the U.S. economy but to instead to the oil companies.

    I don't know about the rest of the world.... but when I have huge unexpected expenses..... My checkbook no longer "stimulates" my lifestyle. As a contractor I know without a doubt that the building boom started to cool off when for no apparent reason.. the cost of diesel fuel..... A BY PRODUCT OF MAKING GAS. Surpased the price of gas and reached historic prices....

    And none of this has been news......

    I suggest you take a lesson from Kieth Obermann. The only news person I've seen with the balls to tell Bush he was a liar on national tv.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  315. Ian

    No, the media blow situations out of porportions. For example, stressing the fact that the negative reactions Obama is facing is racially motivated. This can present a potentially dangerous situation for the president. In other words , it can motivate people to act out what the media is protraying. People do get idea from watching the media, the thing is those idea may not have been present before the news brought it out.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  316. Kathleen

    The news media answers to the money running them – therefore, NO I do not trust any of the news media. I have seen stories presented that were never elaborated on – just "shock" news to grab a viewer without background or even follow-up. I find it disgusting and a complete disservice to the US. They cater to ignorance and report the most outrageous instead of a broad coverage of all sides to a story. The constant "clips" of a breaking story are annoying. News should be reported with "all" of the "FACTS" once it is learned! For example the housing situation. Noone is covering the fact that banks are "demanding" 20% down from people interested in buying homes. This is preventing many from doing so. No coverage on "banks" increasing credit card interest rates for no reason and dropping amounts of credit for customers who are paying on time and more then minimum due. Banks are dumping on the American people and NOONE is reporting it!! I saw one story on debit charges!! How about a WHOLE big story on Banks we bailed out who are raking in the money twice by robbing the American public!!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  317. michael fullerton

    not a chance. as a FORMER chrysler employee, I know for a fact that you never even came close to the real story. that being chrysler was virtually destroyed by more of the same corporate fraud that we have become so used to hearing about. your coverage was superficial at best. and let's not forget the free pass the media gave the war criminals bush and cheney before the invasion of IRAQ. you have ZERO credibility.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  318. Russ

    When I'm overseas or away from home, the news channel is a familiar and trusted voice. Today, I can pickup CNN in almost any bar, airport terminal, or hotel lobby. It's timely information and I know it's researched and edited, but the live reports are amazing

    Sure, I trust CNN and most of the commercial TV stations do a very credible job, too. But, if I'm on-line or using a PDA, I want CNN.com for my pipeline to the world around me.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  319. Keith

    I do not trust the media. The media no longer reports the news and there is almost no investigative reporting. The news now reflects the opinion of the network and their political bias and not the unvarnished truth. I view a variety of different news sources and I watch actual events closely. Rarely does what I see with my own eyes and hear with my own ears reflect the truth. CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs do a great job of reporting the facts. All I expect from the media is a report of the facts and then I will form my own opinion. I do not need to be told what I saw and I do not need to be told what to think.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  320. Eric Trowbridge

    Where ever there is politics and money involved the news and facts will get lost in the flood of pressure from advertisers and political beliefs of those involved in the bring the story to we the people. If you all are just trying to keep watchers try being a show like Jon Stewart or the Colbert report at least they are entertaining when not giving the whole story or just not covering important news like the massive acorn scandal that surrounds president Obama.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  321. Amy in Illinois

    It depends on which news media/company you are talking about. Fox "News" ought to be called Fox Opinions because it is so biased. They don't care a bit about presenting the facts in an objective manner. On the other hand, CNN does a good job of this. You generally make sure to present both sides of an arguement and get the facts out. The exception to that would be Lou Dobbs (and to some extent Rick Sanchez). Lou does nothing but rant about his opinions which I could care less about.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  322. b rios

    NO! CNN and many others have barely covered a huge story about acorn. We the taxpayers have a right to know about where our money is going to.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  323. Raymond

    There is far to much bias in the media. It is like calling August the do or die month for health care. That was merely a ploy to frame the issue and diminish it. We hear the media rail against the Iranians for nuclear ambitions but no one says a word about nuclear weapons in Israel. There seems to be an agenda within news organizations. Organizations like Fox obviously foment racism. The media is simply biased and I see it every day.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  324. AM Hecht

    You have to be kidding? Just before the question was posed there was a CNN promo "Lou's Looking Out for You." A birther looking out for us? That sounds far less fair and far less balanced than news used to be.
    I wonder how many people realize that we no longer choose members of the house of representatives, but through jerrymandering, they choose us. Same things with News on TV now a days. We choose which load of garbage we are going to be feed.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  325. Dirk Peddler

    No, I don't trust the media at all. In recent years they have been too influenced by what they think people want to hear instead of doing in depth reporting.
    CNN itself has turned into an Obama cheering section. Everything they report on has either to do with racial 'problems, woman's rights, etc.
    Not everything in this world is racially or gender related.
    When will CNN report on the discrimination against men when they want insurance? Rates for men are much higher, simply because they are men. I guess that wouldn't be politically correct to investigate that.
    No, the 'news' media is no longer objective. Completely biased.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  326. petunia wool

    ABSOLUTELY not ! CNN used to be- in the days of Bernie Shaw and Judy Woodruff- a"cable news network". Recently the only segments that remained reliable were those involving Wolf Blitzer. He now has fallen victim to the powers that be and begun "tweeting"! It's public television, c-span and Bloomberg in our household. And HLN ? What ? "Headline news" ? Oh Well.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  327. Malcolm

    Why does the media think they went after the Bush Administration "hard"? What I saw was a love fest until the end of the Presidency.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  328. jean

    No, I really don't trust the media to tell me the whole story.It seems that it's either politically biased(Fox) or important stories are not even covered. Over the last eight years,under Bush, not one media outlet had enough guts to question anything the administration said or did. Whatever happened to investigative reporting? It seems that making sure stories get reported on first is the most important thing,not making sure it gets the facts straight first.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  329. Joseph

    Hell no, all media puts a specific political slant on every story. While there may be hints of truth to some stories, there are many lies. What they do is explain stories in a way that makes them worthy of ratings, which could blow a small story out of proportion. Also, all the media does is search for the biggest story so that they can promote ratings. I'm sure that political parties also pay for coverage of a specific topic. In the end, every media corporation is more worried about money, not the people. They do not mind tearing this country apart, piece by piece (death by 1000 cuts?). Why must we be blasted with every bad piece of news? What about some good things that Americans do every day? The fact is that the media has power to control the American point of view. It is no wonder why paranoia has become part of our way of life.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  330. Laurence Miller

    I Can not trust the mainstream news. Example. Why are you not covering the Acorn scadal! I expect the top guns have told you to put a lid on this one.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  331. carol

    No, I do not trust the news media, including CNN.Too many hosts are obviously guiding or allowing certain opinions to stand without pushing for the truth. I no longer trust any one station, including CNN. I do more research on the stories that interest me.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  332. Lou

    Many news orgs are biased, Fox news for example, journalist of integrity should always portrait both sides of the story.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  333. Patrick

    I don't think people want unbiased media – they want media that reinforces what they believe and want to be true.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  334. Tobias

    No, there is no implicit trust in the media. Errors are one thing, but the political spin found on all major news networks, including CNN, makes it necessary to check multiple news-sources to get a handle on the truth behind the story. I cannot remember the last time I got an accurate news reporting that wasn't loaded with language that takes a particular sociopolitical tack (generally favoring liberal ideals).

    September 16, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  335. Mark Moir

    Amazing! The entire 'news' process continues to descend into an increasingly alienating experience. I find it very hard to remain engaged in the continued labor of deconstructing the opinion from that which was to be news. Unfortunately it is hard to discern what is truly happening in the world. I’m afraid that the hyper-capitalist system that has evolved and transmogrified the process of reporting news has left us with an extremely polarized environment. To ‘sell’ the story, ‘news agencies’ have targeted their message to gain and maintain whatever base connects – leaving us with little news and much commentary. I appreciate your efforts in attempting to find the stance that allows a reporting of the news without the impregnation of opinion and brand. Please try and stay true to the opportunity to provide this society with a less constructed news product so that we can at some level understand our world.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  336. Doug Marcon

    Michael Savage is banned from conservative tv...proof
    corporate media is biased.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  337. Steve Chamberlin

    When it comes to trusting the news-I think CNN does very well with its signs on the news ie CNN NEWS vs CNN. I would hope this is an effort to seperate real news from opinion. Fox News certainly does not know the difference and continues the fox news signage even when promoting far right opinions based on half truths.
    Thanks for my chance to express this opinion-Steve

    September 16, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  338. Jason

    Why should we trust the main sources like MSNBC and CNN when you call a comment from a congressman racist when it is blatent racism when Kanye West does even worse. Your coverage is too BIASED and is only more devisive.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  339. Diana Hernandez

    My husband and I watch CNN news because we beleive it gives complete and accurate reporting, until we just heard the story about the mother who was beaten in Georgia. I'm sorry, we don't even recall hearing that story the first time. Did you run it, or did we miss it. At times we feel the news is very bias on what is reported. Do you think that people in America don't what to hear that racism is alive and well here in these United States. Face it, news is a B-U-S-I-N-E-S-S.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  340. JG Leonard

    News has become a self-serving money making entertainment business. Just look at CNN which has 50% of its time allocated to commercials. After watching 2-3 minutes of commercials you come back to an anchor who says "we'll be right back" and then you are off to more commercials. Commercials are more important than educating the public. We watch leaders given 5 times before we see the 90 second time bite allocated to that "news" item. Seriously, when you say there is no time for indepth news and then you spend weeks on the death of Michale Jackson. Do you really want to be taken seriously? Do you really expect to be trusted? As far as politics you are a vehicle for Democrats and Republicans to repeat over and over their same old talking points. Why don't you have your staff read the bills in Congress and educate the public on what is in the different proposals? No, it is easier to put your 1/2 bright so called experts back on a panel to show how unbiased you are and how you are giving a balanced view of the topic when in fact all you are doing is letting them repeat their same party line. Why should you be trusted? Your motivation is entertaining viewers so you can sell advertising, it is not to be a "true" new organization.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  341. Wayne

    While the news media should be there for ALL people, it is apparent the they all have there personel opinions/agendas which effect there reporting. ie; CNN-Coast Guard screwup, Annie Le case press jumping the gun, to name a couple.
    When I watch the new I want to see all things that could effect the people/world.
    If the news could ask the question will this have a positive or negative effect on the people/world/investigation and report accordingly it would be much easier to trust them.
    Wayne

    September 16, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  342. D.L. Garrett

    Only The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. CNN seems to be more intent on being "first" or in finding a sensational angle than presenting hard news. In an attempt to fill a 24 hour news cycle, news items are covered much longer than necessary (i.e., swine flu, Michael Jackson). "Breaking News" no longer means that, as the same item is presented over and over using this as a lead in. I turn to MSNBC or Fox when I want to see what the extremists are saying. When I want "grown up" news, I turn to The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. I miss Walter Cronkite...

    September 16, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  343. Carol Keen

    I strongly disagree with news that is deceptive and distorts the facts. That is not news but bias propaganda and is really unethical in what should be considered news.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  344. Daphne Johnson

    No. It's hard to believe news organizations that 'bury' the news to fit their agenda. I watch the 3 main cable networks everyday, and I have say, I have been so disgusted at the spin I see and true lack of journalism. Question: when you constantly refer to a majority of Americans as racist when there are true concerns in policy and speak with contempt or misrepresent FACTS in order to fit the White House agenda is it helping your credibly? Look at your ratings compared to F*O*X and ask yourself if it's just a 'fringe element' or could it possibly that people are realizing more and more how much you and M*S*N are more like a state run media and a better part of the population aren't looking at clips, but have decided to truly educate themselves and are more involved than ever before because the slant is SO obvious? By the way, nice coverage on the 9/12-tea party protest, Van Jones, A*C*O*RN, Czars and your real accurate "Fact Checks". Unbelievable. No, really, you are unbelievable. I don't hold out hope you'll post this, but it's worth a shot in case you at least read it.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  345. WRC

    The news media (regardless of channel) is supporting their own views and agendas. Because they are on 24 hours they actually interview their own reporters as "experts" - talk about "group think". Why can't they just report the facts and stop giving us their "opinions".

    September 16, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  346. David Piller

    Trust CNN? You've got to be kidding. CNN is the finest example of advocacy journalism ever. FOX is a defensive response. Integrity amongst you both just doesn't exist. It is all very sad.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  347. tishauna

    I think it's somewhat a cop-out for the media to blame partisan beliefs for the reason why the public's trust in the media is so low. There's no real journalism any more. I find the media to be biased towards the status quo then any political alignment.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  348. Patty

    No, I do not trust the media. It reports opinions or leans toward one party/person or another. The media never reports anything good or human interest. It is always promoting anomisty looking for ratings.
    I watch news from London to get more facts about the US.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  349. James Taylor

    Since one cannot watch all the networks at the same time it's difficult to make a direct comparison on the coverage and perspective of any given story. Having said that however, I certainly feel that the so called major older networks are politically biased, whereas CNN and FOX do a good job in my opinion.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  350. SpringWolf

    Heidi,

    No I don't trust American media. Not because of politics, but because of business and the influence corporate owners put on news organizations. We have seen countless instances where the corporate office limits or requires changes to stories to promote their own agenda.

    Reason 2 – I think reports have lost the ability to report the news. Too often reporting is about the sound bite and not the story. We hear "Florida man bitten by dog shoots neighbor; back to you Bill". Where's the who, what, where, when, why and how that used to be the basis and cornerstone of being a reporter? Why are today's reports afraid to ask the tough questions and not let politicians or spokesmen get away with the fluff answers to questions? We the public count on you to get to the story, we don't care if you piss off the president if in doing so you find the real story.

    Case in point this week CNN has covered the Congressman who heckled the president. But what you covered was his outburst and smack on the hand to apologize. Ok, big deal kids in the sand box; are we 2 years old now? "I" want to know, was he right when he said the president lied? Did he lie? This is what we the public need YOU the reports to find out and report.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  351. Tom, Port Orange, Fl

    In general we no longer have news reporters but, rather, news commentators. We need more Walter Cronkites: tell me who, what, where, when, why and how. Leave it to me to draw my own conclusions.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  352. Webster Lincoln

    I think the inconsistencies make people distrust the media. I personally don't trust most of the reporting done by Fox News. They give shows to people like Glenn Beck, who is not a reporter and is pure shock value. He goes on National Television calling Obama a racist, something you'd expect from something like Kanye West, not a reporter. I believe he has a "deep seeded hatred" toward the president and you can see it in his show. He feeds the racists tea partiers with his garbage. Glenn Beck is a hater.

    If reporting were objective based on facts, then I don't believe there would be the inconsistencies seen between the networks.

    For instance, when Beck from Fox News reports that were are 1.6 million at the 9/12 protest in Washington, DC, while MSNBC reports that there were 40 – 90 thousand. Also Fox reports on how the recession is getting worse, when most other networks say we are close to the end. Fox News isn't showing the same respect toward Barack Obama, that they did with George W. Bush.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  353. James Smith

    Do you really want to know why people no longer trust the media? Tune into FOX Republican State TV, or David Gregory and NOW CNN has taken on the FOX Republican bias in its reporting. It's a FLUKE CNN is on my TV. If you want the real truth about an issue, do a fact check, and then tune into all the media outlets and JUDGE their bias...expecially from the cable networks

    September 16, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  354. Tim

    I wish all the "news" channels would stop having pundits from the "left and right" weighing on every news topic. There are the facts and then there is the spin.

    I guess its easier to fill air time with partisan talking heads than it is to do real in-depth news reporting.When I see the left or right spin "celebrities" on my screen,I turn the channel.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  355. Joe from NJ

    Heidi,
    I am MOST annoyed about the current trend of "reporters" giving opinions. I want them to report, I can form my own opinion if given complete and accurate facts.

    The socnd things that annoys me tremendously is the terms that get thrown like "the average person feels" or "most people". I don't belive that mosy reporters know many, if any, "average people" let alone know what MOST people think.

    I enjoy your show. Thank You
    Joe

    September 16, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  356. Mike

    Dear Heidi,
    Way too much corporate influence on the "news" causes people to believe it is being slanted. Fox "news" is a complete joke in this regard, and even CNN bends to trying to find the most sensational stories to cover endlessly (see Michael Jackson for an absurdity in coverage), apparently to attract part-time viewers and boost advertising rates.

    When I really want to see/hear the "news" I tune in the BBC. They seem to cover everything (including Michael Jackson) but do so without obsession. I hear/see stories there that never make the news on U.S. media.

    I have no hope that in our "profit first" culture any of this will change, but it will mean that people who want to hear straight news and more variety will watch/listen/read the U.S. MSM less and less.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  357. bernard lelko

    i donot belive anything i see on the news because all the major outlets are forigen owned , if people would look at overseas news outlets they would see a different slant on the same story ,thats not saying they are any better....few control many

    September 16, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  358. Richard

    I believe not only the American public but world public opinion and "disbelief or distrust" in the American news media reporting has significantly declined. One good example is Fox News and Radio Talk show host " Hannity" . He is a classic example of straight forward bias. He always finds a way to denounce facts that may not be in his particular political views.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  359. Michelle Twomey

    I do trust the news media, but only to an extent. Being a journalism major, I find it necessary to search out all reliable sources of news media and compare their stories and see which ones have the most facts that agree with the rest. I also find it important to do outside research if you are uncertain if a story is telling the truth. But, with twitter, blogs, and other sources that anyone can update with information, it is getting harder to find the original source of information in stories that are vital to making decisions on personal views on crucial topics.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  360. Portia

    Heidi,
    The media is perceived as untrustworthy because most are not reporting the facts. I can make my own decisions about what I believe, but I can't make a good decision if I don't have the basic facts. Some news organizations/shows are not covering stories at all. I watch the Today show every morning. I was looking forward to seeing the coverage of the march on Washington this Monday morning, but there was NO STORY!!!!! Is that bias?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  361. Larry

    My wife and I feel that journalists – no matter what media – tend to offer to much of their own thoughts and interject too much "this is what he meant" type of news. What happened to the objective of reporting the facts and allowing the people to decide what the facts represent? It appears that the news journalists want to shape the news to fit corporate or their own views rather than letting individuals make-up their own mind. Or perhaps journalists feel that we are not able to review the facts and make our own informed decision based on the facts.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  362. don

    Not at all, Three main reasons (but by far not the only ones):

    1. Failure to do your job for majority American people.
    2. Twist the situation in your own favor.
    3. Create news what you want, not whets happening.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  363. Juliet

    So long as media is controlled by coperate America and News is cencored by government (FCC), then journalism will never be based in facts, but remain biased. The days of Marrow & Cronkite are over.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  364. M, Houston

    No, I do not trust the media any longer as they are not "reporters" like Walter Cronkite, they are "Commentators" more like on SNL. They are more interested in being first than in being right, the 09/11/09 Coast Guard issue in DC was a perfect example. I watch the news to be informed, but more often the emphasis is on being entertained. Even the presentation is more jovial and sensual than knowledgeable. It's very nice to see how well everyone enjoys each other's company, but I don't care! I want to know the facts and I want them in a timely manner, just do the news!!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  365. D Quinn

    I run into to too may people everyday that are willing to be misled by a few. If you watch television, if you listen to the radio, if you actually still read the newspaper. If the story doesn't sound right or look right, or otherwise check the it out for yourself. Instead of running around like some one yelling fire in a movie theater with misinformation. So please invest the time to find the truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  366. Emma

    First, let me declare that I am an independent voter. I do not trust nor watch anymore ABC, CBS or NBC or MSNBC.

    Biased? Of course - what a no-brainer. No one covered the 9-12 rally at DC. Obama is overexposed and overrated by all MSM.

    But I hope the news organizations keep it up so the tax payers get a full glimpse of what "Joe Kennedy Sr" media controll was like way back when.

    What does this all come down to? The US taxpayers are being bamboozled by the media.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  367. Doug

    You all cannot excuse yourselves under some guise of "partisan bias" on the part of your viewers. Many times your stories are just incompetent because the facts are wrong (e.g. Prince Harry only has access to the interest on his inheritance, not the whole capital, as reported), or facts are distorted or omitted in order to fit with the media's "theme of the day" (i.e.to create conflict, or fear, or sensationalim to keep the audience on the edges of their seats – like a cheap novel). We might get more accurate news, and less speculation, if the news media didn't have to fill a 24-hour newsday

    September 16, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  368. Joe Schrengohst

    During my career I worked with many people who had journalism degreesand I found them without exception to have a liberal bias. I believe this is a result of their education and it is evident in media coverage of virtually every element of the "news."

    September 16, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  369. EsRa

    I agree that many of the news casts that I have recently watched tend to be weighted (liberal or conservative). What ever happened to presenting both sides of the issue equally? I also agree with one of your previous posters that we are ultimately responsible for sifting through the issues and making up our own minds on the issue, however, It's seems more and more difficult to get a nonbiased source of information.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  370. Glenda Martinez

    No! A good example of why you should take everything as gospel is the story this morning about the violence in Juarez, Mexico. You showed a map with the dot for Juarez. It was really wrong. Juarez is across the border from El Paso, not Laredo. Simple things like this make me very wary of all news.

    I try to hear something from several sources before I really believe it.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  371. Tim H

    No, I do not trust the media any more. I don't trust ABC or CNN, since they have rhistorically been hard on the GOP and soft on Dems. I don't trust FoxNews because I think they are the opposite. I once had the honor and priveledge of meeting Howard K. Smith. He talked about the importance of remaining above the story, and not trying to inject your own feelings into the story. I find it unfortunate that journalists and news networks now believe it is their duty to form public opinion in the way they cover, or fail to cover, topics of interest.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  372. Paul

    All, including the networks, FOX and CNN seem slighted. Unfortunately to get to a true balanced understanding on an issue you need to watch all 3, CNN, FOX and one of the networks (as they are all the same). I get it though, just like talk radio, unless your delivery sparks a little controversy or ire out of the viewer they might get bored and not watch. Of course there is the internet as a source, which generally can't be trusted either as a single source, but the internet does allow you to research, by reading the data, such as the health care bill(s). I think the local news affiliates, since they can't spend much time on a topic, are probably the most trust worthy, however, also the least informative.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  373. D & T G

    The news has turned into a farce. Insignificant stories are talked about for weeks. Are they true? Who knows. Reporting is not verified, then media's credibility is lost. Talking heads become instant authorities on subjects that they have no idea what they are talking about and it is a disgrace. The worst is constantly interjecting opinions of news personnel instead of news of truth. This causes people to become irate which brings on more controversy.

    We do not watch news if we can help it and many times go to PBS and NPR to hear news. We can only take cable news' yelling and hype about 20 minutes a day. It is a real shame and shows the world how insignificant and shallow US citizens are. Don't forget you are portraying our country on your channels!!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  374. kennedy

    Never Never. Why should I trust the media? Back home in Nigeria, I watched different version of international news media from CNN to BBC and I see totally different news packaging on a topic.

    The media presents facts to see people's reaction
    The media presents news/facts to create another facts from nothing.
    The media has changed when it used to just present news the way it is.

    I am good fan of CNN because of your beautiful packaging of news, and not the news it self
    I watch CNN because of your advance technologies
    I rely on CNN to see the news first, but don't totally believe in the news spoken.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  375. Geraldine Shanahan

    NO. The ACORN story is a good example. Only Fox and CNN were on the ball about the corruption of this organization.
    Where is everyone else? Shows true bias when NBC had 1 story on it. This is taxpayer fraud at its BEST. Why is this and the Van Jones story apparently buried when it is NEWS?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  376. Lester First

    The news people are in too big of a rush to be the FIRST ONE to report and do not cross check the info and tahe the time to get it correct. See N O storm reports about the ball-dome and what do or did not happn ther 2005 Sept. was it ??
    Lester

    September 16, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  377. Harvey

    Yes I do trust someof our news media.Most Americans are smart enough to pick and choose truth from false and good news from bad.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  378. diane

    What's so surprising here? CNN is pro-left; Fox is pro-right. Was anyone trying to hide that bias? It's clear to me that any illusion of objectivity died at the birth of cable TV! I'm middle-aged so I know to listen closely to how reports are worded.....it's easy to understand where a media outlet is coming from when the wording is scrutinized. But, to younger people, and they are the ONLY demographic the media is interested in, they have no memory of objective journalism. Therefore, what the media hits them over the head with everyday, they will-and do- preceive as "normal".

    September 16, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  379. Betty Hoopes

    I would like to hear the whole story, not your idea of what actually happened. As in the story today about the man who beat the black woman, you failed to mention that he said the black woman spit on him. If I have this information, I feel sure you have it, too. All your stories seem to one sided and not factual. The listening audience would like to draw our own conclusions. There is some good news...let's hear it. There is a great deal of beauty in the world..let's hear some of that.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  380. Jason

    the media wont talk about foreclosures anymore even though they still continue to rise, as they do not want to destroy the little consumer confidence we have, when there shouldn't be any confidence at all. we are now "out of the recession" even though we are in deeper in debt than we have ever been in. because of the media we are stuck with a 2 party system. it makes me wonder where they are going with the H1N1 virus and its vaccine. i do not trust the media at all. i only watch the news for world events (even though that's probably a lie to).

    September 16, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  381. Denise Goodson

    Biased media has much to do with the depressing state of our Nation. Seems as though only the most horrible articles get reported. The negative political reports have taken the spotlight. News reporters look as though, instead of reporting news, desire to be the news. I find myself flipping back and fourth now trying to find someone reporting unbiased 'truth'.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  382. Tobiejo in Florida

    I just wish, that all of the Media would organize their news and just give the honest facts, without adding their opinions. we would all be better off. I have watched Cnn for 9+ yrs now and now turn it off because of opinon news (as I call it ). Intergity has ben loss in much of our world and if you make a major news media story, you are raised to fame status or disgraced and ruined.
    I think you are letting people down by not doing a good job as back when we had fewer choices.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  383. Bill Bo.

    I know you want clever sound bytes (sic), but that serves no one. It depends on that you mean by 'trust' and what you mean by 'news media'. I speak only about CNN, which is all I watch. Print media and blogs would be different.

    Trust: I will assume you mean get the facts correct and present their interpretation in a balanced, objective manner.

    From the point of view of my profession, science and medicine, I must say much reported is at best superficial and usually there is insufficient information for me to investigate further. What disease? What cancer? What drug? What study? You dumb down what I know about, to about a 9th grade education level. And 'facts' are often equivocal. Getting several 'experts' arguing the facts, make them no less equivocal.

    I can only assume you do similar dumbings down for other topics. I cannot trust your facts or sources, unless I am given enough information to check them myself. Your web site could be a big help in this regard, but it usually disappoints.

    The morning shows, which I watch and some others are more variety shows than news shows. Can the crap! EG, the long interview today with some tennis player which was actually a long book advertisement or the annoying musical interludes you have recently added are distractions from NEWS. Then you segue to some 'news' often about some sensation in some far off place with speculation and opinion by some anchor, making judgmental faces at the camera. And you want trust?

    Breaking news is filled with too much speculation by anchors or guests getting everything jacked up, until facts are available. Do not speculate. "Just the facts, mam". And please keep your personal opinions to yourself, unless you are doing an editorial. An news reporter or anchor's personal opinion is irrelevant to news.

    I suspect the media's reporters try to be good journalists in the face of management and marketing. But this creates a milieu in which objectivity is impossible. You cannot serve two masters.

    But then show biz is show biz and news is show biz. That said I have orders of magnitudes more trust in the accuracy and balance of CNN than in Fox, eg.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  384. Anne

    Why don't American's trust the media? Easy question. Who owns the
    five news agencies? Who are the people who run the World Bank,
    US Government, Federal Reserve, Wall Street, US Treasury, Exchange
    Stablization Fund? Owners of these top companies; OIL, Banking, biotech, nanotech,agriculture, pharmacutical, insecticides, internet companies, etc. Who are the people on the Trilateral Commission.
    The American people are not stupid, just nieve. Anne

    September 16, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  385. George

    No, I do not trust out news reporting to include CNN. It seems like some of the reporters are just trying to make news and if you watch CNN like most local news, you can cover everything in 30 minutes of less. I put CNN in second place as far as being un-biased and the BBC in first place...

    I feel that by watching the BBC first , you get a better feel as to what is going on in the world and the US.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  386. Jamie

    The only "news" journalists that I trust at this point are John Stewart and Stephen Colbert. At least I know and expect them to be sarcastic and biased, but also to be point out exactly how ridiculous people are. Especially today, the media tends to make big deals over something minor just to have a new news story and therefore people get confused on what is really important, what is fact, what is opinion, and what is speculation. The Daily Show and Colbert Report help to keep the worry of ridiculous "news" in perspective. I can trust John Stewart and especially Stephen Colbert to not take themselves too seriously.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  387. Doug

    And then there is the practice of putting someone on TV who represents the views of 2% of the populace, and pretending that those views carry equal weight to the views of the other 98%.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  388. Yvonne Walters

    There is more negativity in President Obama and his policies than there were when Bush was president. When Bush was in office, we heard little of what was going on until it was too late.

    When something is proRepublican, it is repeated over and over and over. When something is ProObama, it is said once or twice.

    You keep putting on Republican montra, which is usually half truths or lies and yet it is still brought up on the news. If you do correct it, it is only done few times compared to letting the Republicans repeat the half truth or lie.

    The news sensationalizes the negativity and plays down the positivity. What I mean by this is the negativity (like disrupting townhall meetings by Republicans) is shown over and over and over while the positive is repeated only a few times.

    ***When Bush was in office, we only hard the positive played over and over and over. Also, no negativity has been shown in the policies of the Republican party for the last 27 years. They have had a majority all this time. You did nothing to help stop bring down this nation by the policies (deregulation is one) of the Republicans the last 27 years.

    Yvonne Walters
    Indiana

    September 16, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  389. Roy Lewis

    Judging from you "analysis", you "still" don't get it.
    Look at ABC, CBS, NBC, New York Times, and on and on. They're just about dead .... rightfully so.
    Freedom requires a free and "unbiased" press. It's dead here.
    I'm waiting for a court case against ABC, etc that they will lose because it's deemed that the first ammendment does not apply because, in fact and deed, they are NOT a news organization.
    People I know merely want factual, unbiased news...no opinions in the report.
    By the way...."omission" is just as offensive and dangerous. Witness the lack of coverage of potentially the most expansive government corruption in history.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  390. Jesse Shannon

    I do not trust the television news media especially. Even more than a political bias, TV news is completely biased towards portraying the news in a way that is best for itself, its ratings, and its corporate bosses. The larger interests of the public good are sacrificed to appeal to the lowest common denominator and the most antagonistic and sensational version of the news.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  391. Inde Cowper

    Hello Heidi,

    CNN is th only news I trust. Enough said!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  392. Tanya

    I do trust some media. I watch CNN and see how the correspondents always make sure to have people on who represent each side of a topic. However, I do NOT trust the FOX "no" News Network. All I ever see are those who represent just one side of a debate and that only helps to widen the divide.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  393. John Gaukel

    After yesterdays charade on the tennis court, just to sell a book, and you pawn it off as news. Better you should ask us if we know we are cattle. Moo Moo

    September 16, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  394. Jay Rosen

    I do not believe it has anything to to do with politics. That's been there since Thomas Paine and WR Hearst! This mistrust is driven by the absence of main stream media from quality investigative journalism. Where were professional journalists when a child and his girlfriend scooped the story on ACORN's fraud? This liberal supported ACORN until yesterday when I had to get my news from a Republican novice beat all of you. Are the staffs of 60 Minutes and the "fake" Daily Show the only real, professional reporters left?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  395. Kathleen Burke

    I stopped trusting the media years ago, and lost even more faith with last year's election. The media today only seems to reflect their bias and does not question as it did in the past. They serve the bottom line, not the public.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  396. Roxann Bonilla

    Accuracy is a problem, but so is intent. Reporters appear to have a problem with impartiality.

    A news feature that also troubled me was the interview of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis by Briana Keilor. Why was it necessary for the
    cameraperson to show so many shots of the reporters legs? Is Miss Keilor
    a professional journalist or a t.v. personality ? If left to that cameraman, she will become a personality.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  397. Rebecca

    I trust the BBC and PBS and most of the time CNN. Although, real investigative journalism seems to be a thing of the past across the board.

    Stories like the 'Town Hall hecklers' were given hours and hours of air time, while in truth, a relatively small percentage of people were actually participating in these shenanigans. Yet, because it made for juicy news, all of the networks picked up the story and focused on it to the exclusion of other important news.

    Fox news in particular fills me with dread and fear. They seem like a mouth piece for the far right - and during the Bush administration, Fox simply repeated the daily talking points issued by the White House. I believe that Fox has a very specific agenda and every story they cover is done so for a political reason.

    I noticed that after the President's address to congress, Brit Hume made about a 30 second appearance to comment, and then Fox moved onto discuss Acorn. While CNN and MSNBC spent hours discussing and analyzing the President's speech. After the invasion of Iraq, something like 75% of Fox viewers believed that Sadaam Hussein was responsible for 9/11.

    Fox purposefully uses innuendo and fear to spread disinformation and at times, outright lies.

    I respect someone like Pat Buchanan on the right, because most of the time it appears he is trying to remain objective, yet true to his beliefs. This is a very difficult balance to achieve and although I usually disagree with him, I find it refreshing and reassuring to hear an intelligent voice (in media) from the right which does not seem to be fueled by a specific agenda.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  398. Yvonne Walters

    Greatly disappointed in CNN. When they started, they used to report only what was fact, now they run with something until they find out what is going on and then they only report half a story.

    If it is positive to Republicans it is repeated and repeated over and over. If it is negative to Democrates it is repeated and repeated over and over.

    The fact check on news does no good once the half truth or lie has been said on TV.

    ALSO, Why do you run the advertisement of the Republican party during CNN news when there are downright lies in it.

    Yvonne Walters
    Indiana

    September 16, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  399. Gary Hunt

    I do have a problem trusting the media, and I certainly must use my own filtering system to sift through messages to find the message that best suits me (LOL). Its a vicious cycle isn't it? I find it interesting when the president delivers a 'super' speech', its the news media that insists on telling me what I just heard, so, I then visit all the news medias and get completely different perspectives for the same message, mostly affiliated along party lines. I truel believe each news portal is aligned along party lines! You may not see it, but I certainly do!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  400. Carroll

    Yes and no. On some so called news media you don't report all the true facts. Like on that news station where they look the same on air and don't follow the true facts. (fox news) Cnn was caught with that boat story on the potomac river here in Washington, D.C.. They had a webcam view that was far away. They could have driven down to that part to get a very close look and the truth. Everyone caught on and went in a panic for a while. I wonder why the whole stories are not told all or most of the time. I tend to follow (ABCNews, CNN, MSNBC and the Washington Post) But to create false news is the end of respect for that news outlet in my book.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  401. AFR

    NO! I do not trust the media. The media is controlled by corporations that have their own political and social agenda to promote. Reporting is biased, lacking in facts and details, slanted toward their own interests, and sensationalized for ratings purposes. Selection/non-selection of news topics is based on political and social motives.

    To have an informed public, news reporting should be complete, fair, balanced, and accurate. Hmmmmm, maybe that's why we're not getting that (an ignorant public is easier to manipulate and control).

    The majority of the public wants the truth and the facts. We'll make up our minds as to how those facts should be interpreted.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  402. Fred

    Over the last two years I have found CNN to be the most fair and balanced of the cable news channels. While I do believe that even CNN has a few anchors who come across in their questions and statements as leaning "pro" Democrat, the so called bias is not nearly as evident as it is with other cable news channels. One is clearly leans conservative while the other cable news channel sounds as if its owned by the Democratic party. On CNN, Lou Dobbs, Cambell Brown, and Anderson Cooper particularly offer points of view from all spectums. And you, and most of the morning anchors on CNN do a good job at presenting different view points as well. As for the network news anchors, they don't seem to try to hide their biases anymore. It really is a shame.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  403. CHUCK RUNDLET

    Heidi;
    The news media is biased in everything they do . Just as you picked probably one of the most mild criticisms of the media because YOU have the power to ignore all the other much stonger emails against the media. Anything that is possitive for Republicans is ignored by the media.Very littly coverage by your network on a huge demonstration in Washington DC. Acorn etc. etc.
    Anything negative against the Democrats is ignored as long as possible until it can't be ignored anymore.
    All the major news networks pick and choose what they will cover according to thier bias (which is democratic)

    September 16, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  404. J.r.

    Quote ………….

    “We are greatful to the washington post The New york Times., Time Magazine, and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings & Respected their promises of Discretion for allmost 40 years..
    It would have been impossible for us to develope our plan for the World. if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But now the world is more Sophisticated and prepared to march towards a World Government. The Supra National Sovereignty of an Intellectual elite and world bankers is surley preferable to the national Auto-Determination Practiced in the past Centuries..”!~David Rockafeller /private banker / CFR member ,June 1991

    You are Asleep….
    Support the Audit of the FED H.R. 1207

    September 16, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  405. Roger

    It is fairly simple. Most of you have a liberal agenda, your work, duties, and emphasis are DC and NY centric. You consider yourself above masses so you are elitest and think you know what is best for us, the liberal agenda, and 'report the news' by choosing how and what to 'report'.
    You are not reporters in the old sense, who actually reported the news, but you are "informers" of what you think we should know based on your and or your peers' general consensus. Most of you went to journalism school to 'make a difference'. your agenda is showing.
    Used car salesmen have agendas. We all know it and what to expect. The media–the big three networks, CNN, MSNBC, the major papers, NPR are have liberal agendas, emphasis, and politically left 'informers' trying to convince the masses and trying to boost themselves wit;hin the left leaning politically charged journalism/news corporate structure.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  406. Grant

    I am an Independent and try watching both CNN & FOX, which I believe is a fair balance between... CNN I believe covers the everyday news best, where FOX is nothing more than a Political channel except when something major happens.

    MSNBC is also strictly a political channel, but they so far left I don't trust a word I hear on it.

    Somedays I just want to watch the NEWS... not Obama and not Sean Hannity.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  407. CAT

    Good morning Heidi,

    I've been waiting for CNN to ask this Question "Do You Trust the Media". Personally, I do not because the Media is not always accurate. I find it very disturbing when the media over sensationalize the news. Case and point the death of Michael Jackson, and President Obama. The media spreads more fear in the world than anything else, and cause people to panic about so many different issues.

    Also, some media personalities constantly harp on a topic too much. CNN especially, repeats the same news over and over and it becomes so over done and makes me very sick to my stomach.

    I use to follow CNN a lot but decided to cut back on viewing your station.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  408. Chris Wright

    You can never trust corporate media because of their ability to influence political thought and their dependence on corporate advertising income that gives them no reason to anger their clients by impartially reporting the news. Corporate media has virtually extinguished any semblence of free speech in America. I'd be surprised if you aired this comment.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  409. Curtis

    It truly depends on the source of the media from which the information is coming. Money and ratings has clouded all of our judgements and credibility. I often question is there a such thing as "journalistic integrety" anymore. At what point in time can the media executives say "this is enough and we will not cover such nonsense. Or when will they say no your sources are not good enough to report this story. Journalist like all others, do what they think the market is demanding so there has to be more accountability held by management of these organizations.

    With that I tend to search for additional sources of information on all topics to get a variety of opinions, views and reporting on importatnt topics in order to engage in healthy conversation and make informed decisions on important issues that effect our standard of living.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  410. Greg Weir

    Trust the media? You have to be joking me! From my perspective, almost all of the new media does a poor job of covering the newsworthy stories without bias and liberal spin on the story, and conveniently leaves out the important facts. I trust FOX NEWS first, and CNN secondly.

    I spent two tours in Iraq with the Marines, and the media put more emphasis on casualties than the things that were going well and the achievements our military had made. Look at the scandals and newsworthy stories in our government and how they're either conveniently overlooked or ignored by most media. Look at the elections and how much was not brought to light and exposed and how some news sources made the presidential race into a popularity contest.

    The worst national news channel is MSNBC, with Keith Olbermann being the worst anchor, and Rachael Maddow and Chris Matthews right behind.

    Enough is enough and it's time for news media to stop the bias and start doing their jobs and report the facts on stories that expose the truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  411. Shelley Hay

    All leads for reports should include name(s), plus direct quotes from the person(s), situation and/or organization the reporter has investigated. This may help to eliminate the who and what was said by that person. It seems like it would help for the assumption of responsibity for comments/actions made or spoken by the investigated party. It would also build confidence in media,as the just reporter justed restated what was said.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  412. Mark Twin

    I think the media is more into sensationalizing and taking the most popular/easy route.

    CNN has a very good example of this.
    Anderson Cooper used to run around in Hurricanes doing stupid stuff for the sake of sensation ism. All he did was teach kids to be stupid.

    Now he has his own show...360.... The ad says that all he wants to do is keep them honest, go after the truth.

    I watched him during the whole Obama/Cop/Professor debacle. He had some great opportunities to nail same public figures for behavior that you wouldn't expect from children, but it was very obvious that he was overawed be the people involved.

    Maybe he was told by CNN not to create waves or upset anybody. Either way I don't know. but I thought his efforts were disgraceful.

    Good media should be there to ask questions and make people think. Not to do the thinking for them.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  413. Joseph in Los Angeles

    Of course there is media bias. No one is objective. CNN is to the Left, Foxnews to the Right, MSNBC and NBC to the far left, most talk radio to the right. ABC and CBS to the left and most newspapers to the left. I can even tell you broadcasters have their bias. Lou Dobbs to the right, Rick Sanchez and Campbell Brown to the left. Heidi, you are closer to the center than most at your network. I watch mostly CNN and Foxnews and try to get a balance.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  414. Kenneth Kirara

    At last the media questions itself. Take a look at Africa alot of positives have happened in the last few years but all media houses( esp. in America) just go looking for the bad news to report. The fact still remains that media houses look for controversial news since it sells.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  415. Dwain Walker

    Hiedi,

    I feel that a perfect example of the reason for the poll results rests in the news coverage of town hall meetings regarding health care reform this summer.

    "News" these days seems to revolve strictly around whomever is screaming the loudest. In the health care reform town halls, the vast majority of reporting was restricted (by all news outlets) to the minority who went on a screaming rant at the meetings. These people were obviously there simply to continue what has been the Republican Party's method over the past decade of getting their way through use of fear.... Much as the war in Iraq was sold to the US public, the Republican Party chose to send doom-cryers to the meetings, and as they planned from the beginning, the "squeaky wheel" received the most attention. The sad part about this is that many (especially the older segment of our population) believe all these rantings without question simply because it WAS so heavily reported in the news.

    I think the news outlets, need to remember (and remind the public) that President Obama was elected by a REAL majority due to his committment to health care reform, or at very least, show both sides of the story rather than relying on the "sensational" for ratings.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  416. Jim Arnold

    I trust CNN and the 3 main networks for their news. There are some obvious news stations that are only reporting to get ratings. Did I say Foxnews?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  417. BPC

    I trust Glenn Beck to deliver the news because he investigates both political parties. I watched him on CNN and now on Fox.

    The broadcast networks, MSNBC, and to a lesser extent CNN are ignoring important stories like Van Jones and Acorn.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  418. Denise Kreps

    Heidi –

    Bottom line short answer, "NO." That is why the remote control was invented.

    My faith is in CNN but even more importantly – the actual reporters and anchors. I have to admit there is one anchor I enjoy and trust watching on another network. For the most part, whether it is we have a few minutes to catch up on news of the day, or there is a lingering crisis happening somewhere on the globe, CNN is the first we turn to. We are very much looking forward to Christiane Amanpour's new program.

    (Remember that news story 6 years ago or so on the fish that jumped and spilled the bowl, setting off the fire alarm and saving the school? You were anchoring. I was the one who wrote in that the type of fish it was – a siamese fighting fish. :) It was then broadcast from coast to coast. CNN and I go back 20 + years.)

    September 16, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  419. Edd

    Do I trust the media...the operative word here is TRUST...it's like people saying..."to be honest with you!"...are you lying to me all the other times?...are you being honest when you come to work every morning and sit in front of the camera to tell us the days' happenings?...ask yourself that question...are you being honest with yourself?...

    September 16, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  420. Jeannette Whaley

    CNN is by far the Best for fair , unbiased reporting, not to say that they are perfect. The new channels/program should be required to stick to the facts, and not to sensationalism reporting which only upsets the viewers and makes them more cynical. For instance, I get so furious over the unbelieveable bias, and outright lies put out by FOX that I really think they should have their licience pulled as a "News Channel"! Is there NO oversight for the Media? I yearn for really good reporting, esp investigative reporting, of which there is a very serious shortage of right now. Bob Woodward, where are you. Why has The unlawful antics of the Bush Administration NOT been revealed to the public. I mean the truth, not biased reporting. The public has a right to know the truth! And the media has a responsibility to report the true facts, regardless of pressure from political entities. CNN is still the Best, not needs more facts and investigative reporting. Do you think the Politicians are going to monitor themselves???? Get with it!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  421. Kiran Dhaliwal

    News media brings the news to us, thank you for that, but PLEASE do not over analyze issues .I feel media sometimes over pushes certain issues in the angle they want as it gives them more to talk about. There is a lot happening, lot of news please do not over stick to an issue.
    Kiran

    September 16, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  422. Ross Howey

    NO, i hope this is clear to you. there is no agenda be it political or personal. nobody paid me to do this or does my career rely on it. my bills are paid and my house is paid up to date and these do not effect my personal integrity. I do not have a personality flaw which makes me want others to see me as something more than what i am. I do not have a concept or thoughts which tell me that what im sayin effects us all, it doesn't. I do not have something to prove from a past boss which drives me in middle age to keep making stuff up to fill the time. I watch news, read the paper and listen to the radio at times. Until Im not bored anymore and then do something important. The answer is NO to CNN, Fox, CNBC and to the real owners of boring stuff which i waste thankfully little time on. This is my only blog this decade. next decade i'll try Twitter. Thank you. the sun is out. Bye

    September 16, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  423. Fred dean Weaver Oklahoma city

    I trust most news media. I still have to watch out for bad reporting. Lou Dobbs was reporrting mostly accurrate news untill Obamba became President, Jimmy Carter right ..America is a Racist Nation

    September 16, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  424. Mike Kiefer

    I do not trust the media. They are driven by a political and financial agenda. They are afraid to take on special interest groups. For the possible financial boycotts, protest of advertisers. on their channels. I trust local channels less than national ones.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  425. Jeff Mills

    Heidi,

    Unfortunately, I think we are seeing the slow death of professional journalism. Just compare the preamble of the SPJ Code of Ethics with what's happening in the real world: "The duty of the journalist is to further "public enlightenment" by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues." Few current reporters and media outlets "report" opposing views and fewer, respect citizens to make up their own minds. Our media today is increasingly comprised of opinion and news "makers" trying to further an agenda and mold public opinin rather than professionals trying to fulfill their obligation as journalists. The proliferation of
    Info-tainment is undermining journalism. Thank goodness for PBS!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  426. Anne

    Talk shows and political pundits now seem to be considered "news sources" and "experts." For example, during the recent protests related to the Iranian elections, I turned on CNN and found that the "news" was being covered through interviews with radio talk show hosts. One was liberal and one conservative, presumably to give "balance." What idiocy. Why do we have to pull American politics into every story? And during the recent military coup in latin america, all I saw on Headline news was Michael Jackson coverage. I don't have anything against Michael Jackson, but couldn't you have given me 10-15% coverage on national and internal news? If you want to be considered trustworthy journalists, you have to cut down the volume of opinion and fluff and add to real content.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  427. Torre

    I think that the media tries too hard not to be biased (especially liberally biased), that they end up being useless and ineffectual. I mean why wasn't the personal horror stories about the insurance companies dropping people because they didn't want to pay for their treatment covered as mush as the tea bag dissenters??.....And yeah there was that whole thing about the lead up to the Iraq war you guys glossed over. Even Katie Couric thinks so. Walter Cronkite is probably rolling in his grave....

    September 16, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  428. icemcguire

    there are mistakes and false reports from the media but that won't keep me from watching. Cnn goes on first thing in the morning .I need to know what is going on in the world and NUMBER ONE is the war . My family has been in the military continuously since 1942. i really need to keep up with our troops movements.there is so much good help on from health to financial, to weather etc; what are my choices stupid soap box or moronic reality shows, i will take my chances on the media. janice from iowa

    September 16, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  429. Frank Santore

    As an extreme liberal, I have my own political bias. However, I have a hard time finding credible information regardless of who I watch. I do believe the News Media has one concern, and they are not alone (Banks, Auto Industry, Health Insurance.... ), it is the all mighty Dollar! CNN, CNBC, FOX – It's a shame to have to watch all three networks just to get a glimpse of the truth! Mr. Cronkite must be rolling over about now.
    GO!!! PBS and programs like Frontline and News Hour – Jim Lehrer.
    Why does CNN air commercials without checking the credibility of information first??? I believe it is because their point of view is for sale. That's why, or at least that's the perception we the viewers have. What happen to truth in advertising? Or journalism for that matter?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  430. Deeply Concerned

    I only believe half of what I hear on the tv these days. Some channels (FOX NEWS in particular) have been spreading lies for a long time now and are obviously against any competition for the health insurance companies. The lies are obvious. Even when they don't directly spread the lies, they do it indirectly by having a guest on to tell the lies or misinformation and will not allow someone with half-a-brain to dispute them. It's being encouraged and it's very sad. Let me say I am a Democrat but I would have no problem voting for a Republican if they had better ideas and gave me some idea they were looking out for me and not big business. That said, liberal channels put SOME spin on it too but at least they have the facts and statistics on their side. I use FOX NEWS as my example only because they are the worst at actual news reporting I have seen yet. That doesn't mean that others aren't getting it wrong also. It just means anyone with an open mind will not be able to listen to more than 5 minutes of them without it being obvious that their agenda is far more important than the news. How many times do they lie to us before we just stop watching them? They destroy the credibility of ALL news channels because after watching them, you're gonna question everything you hear on the news. And yes, they even reduce CNN's credibility every time they spread their lies. Every person that disputes FACTS should be called out and by EVERY NEWS CHANNEL. It's SOOOO rediculous that any channel would have a guest spouting lies to the public knowing full well that they are not true and not even allowing someone of an opposing view to dispute them. There is ZERO credibility with FOX NEWS and will never be in my mind. They are trying to run the country with their lies and the people have had enough.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  431. S. L. Krebs

    Unfortunately for many news stations, the news is no longer the news. Recently I saw video of the anchor person's child taking her first steps. I saw the newscast interrupted by non-news – shots fired on the Potomac while the President was in the area screamed the alarmists. It was a training exercise and the so called shots were some seaman saying, "Bang, bang, bang." With a 24 hour news cycle the race to be first makes for some serious claptrap. Watching the aircraft fly the grid to locate JFK Jr.s plane for hours on end is not news. Watching the same clips from hour to hour on prominent people who have died is not news. Seeing a firetruck in a sinkhole is some other town/city is not news. If it isn't of national importance why?
    Where is the international news? Do we exist in a vacuum? It used to be that news programs had several sources verify the item before bringing it to the public. Now it is a giant race to be first, not most accurate. In all too many cases what purports to be news is not; it is only an attempt to pull in viewers and get those numbers up so the network can charge more for advertising.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  432. Bruce V

    The question should read "Why would anyone trust the media?" The bias in reporting is astounding!

    CNN, as well as other media's reporting on Second Amendment issues offers a good example.The "slant" is always to the negative aspects of firearms ownership with "quivering" reporters looking so bewildered that anyone (but a criminal) would own a gun. Media's lack of honest research sickens me. Using the Brady Bunch as a reference is not honest research. Showing someone shooting a FULLY AUTOMATIC machine gun and then doing a report with a look alike SEMI AUTOMATIC is just plain dishonest. The examples are far too numerous to list here.

    I have never understood why any form of media would seek to weaken a Constitutional RIGHT? Don't you realize that once any of the RIGHTS mentioned in the Bill of RIGHTS are weakened the other RIGHTS are also weakened. Our RIGHTS are dependent upon each other and are intertwined. The First Amendment RIGHT that you are so quick to uphold IS dependent upon and protected by the Second Amendment RIGHT you seek to weaken, or eliminate.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  433. Adrienne

    No I don't trust the media. The news cycle is constant, everyone trying to get the jump on everyone. I know longer need to read the cover of Enquirer or Star in line in the grocery store I can just tune into the news. There was a time, reporters investigated before revealing now, its sensationalism. Sorry to say a fine example...912'rs, tea baggers. Investigate the truth behind health care reform not someone's opinion. You have expert after expert yet, my group on the internet seem to know more about the bills than they do, they often give opinions we can get that everyday in the ladies room or the corner store.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  434. Angie

    I don't trust the media because they no longer just report the news. I yearn for the days of Huntley and Brinkley and Cronkite and, even Jennings. You rarely knew their personal position on a issue because they understood their role was to REPORT the news. Now many news organizations try to influence the news or even create the news through provocative questions and suggestions created by them. They also don't clarify misinformation. It just hangs out there like it is fact. For example the post on CNN on whether Leno's question to West was a cheap shot. I don't know the genesis of that suggestion but It was a fair question regardless of the life status of the mother. My question is,even if someone thought it was a cheap shot, how is that news?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  435. Deirdre Billes

    I listen to CNN, BBC and Bloomberg on any given day. I read stories from NYT and WSJ and my two local papers as well as "google" ing stories of particular interest. It is clear to me that getting a story from more than one source gets you closer to a real version of reality. Stories are told by people and people all have built in biases. Can I trust the media? As much as I trust my 6 year old to tell me whether he took his vitamins by himself. I would like to believe him, but I always double check and ask for independent verification when I don't witness the event myself.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  436. ck

    No I do not trust the media.
    I do like Lou Dobbs though.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  437. Patrick Marrinan

    I watch Heidi and Tony in the morning and then off to FOX. Your network has a Obama slant.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  438. Rick Parker

    I think news media pushes it's own agenda and usually represents the CEO philosophy, which is more self serving than serving the public's right to the truth.
    William R. Hearst is the icon of biased news coverage as it has devolved.
    On the whole, you must seek favor with an ideal that prints/publishes just what your doctrines are, so no, I do not think it is wise to have that be a valued and trustworthy mechanism to get your news covered.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  439. Dr. Edward E. Ayoub

    Most people I know no longer trust the media. This is most unfortunate.

    Here's how one person justified his distrust of the media:

    "What can you expect when you replace Walter Cronkite (decency) with Wolf & Larry (pro-Israel bias)? (Remember the visibility CNN accorded to Miller on Iraq's purported WMDs?) When much media revenues accrue from banking advertisements? (Perceived excesses of usury; perverted rule of law) ..."

    If he's right, the media's fate will be that of the dinosaurs!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  440. Bill Fox

    Hi Heidi, I believe the "lack of trust" is more a reflection of the dissatisfaction with coverage rather than not believing what is being reported. Yes, some reports are somewhat biased toward a particular point of view but the fact that journalists, radio, TV networks and newspapers cover only "fringe" point of view and bad behavior is what perpetuates the lack of trust or frustration. Opposing and main-stream points of view are not covered, or not covered to the same extent and far too much attention is paid to the radical factions of both parties/points of view in the news making it difficult to filter out the "trash talk" and lies from facts. It is ironic that (example yesterday on CNN) that the media asks why rude and inappropriate behavior is on the rise when it is their obsession with coverage of bad behavior conrtibutes to the bad behavior....Behavioral Psychology 101...what you pay attention to you energize. Good behavior doesn't sell news. Enjoy the day. Bill

    September 16, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  441. sandra bullock

    I trust some media not fox news because they are very bias against president obama they are not fair and balanced like they claim to be.I watch msnbc and of course cnn wolf blitzer.most of the media I do not trust!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  442. Jill

    The only shows on CNN that I respect: Reliable Sources and Lou Dobbs. They are both pretty good at showing both sides of a story.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  443. Dave

    I have not seen any comments about ACORN ON YOUR SHOW. Why not?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  444. Jenny

    Media is a good entertainment, better than Hollywood, tast better, smell better, I treat media just like another food on the table, choose what to eat for my best interest.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  445. Rick Minerd

    No. Journalists began losing credibility with Bob Woodward. Bernstein called him an undisciplined hack. He would lie and cheat to get his "man" and not get the whole story. He flooded journalism schools with a new attitude that it's more important to "get" somebody than to get the story right.
    Who does–as my high school journalism teacher would say–at least two sides to the story? Fox? CNN? NPR? NBC? So people pick who they agree with and never get the whole story. (One solution: ALWAYS identify your sources. If they refuse, get somebody that will–work at it!)
    As a career 30-year journalist, I find it increasingly difficult to get two sides to ANY story. I get 3 newspapers, 3 "news" magazines, an international news magazine (because international news today is almost nonexistent), read dozens of "news" websites and bounce from channel to channel just to get "the rest of the story."
    Until somebody gives us the facts on all sides of a story, this lack of trust trend does not seem to be abating.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  446. S Pillow

    It's sad to say, but I only trust two media outlets when it comes to informing Americans regarding news. CNN is not usually one of those outlets. Case in point, where is the media concerning the ACORN tapes? CNN has barely mentioned those FOUR increminating tapes, and most of the other news medias have suppressed that information entirely. FOX news has shared that information in depth, as well as CBN. If you want to know what's written in the health-care bills, you won't hear it in the mainline media, but you will hear it on FOX and CBN. The mainstream media has vilified everyday, ordinary Americans for turning out in groves at Town-Hall Meetings to express their concerns about inflated government and health-care bills that have huge flaws. Mainline media calls this myriad of citizens disgruntled Republicans: How do you know that they are ALL Republicans? There's no way to know, unless the media is in the ballot box when EVERY American is voting. The mainstream media, with a couple of exceptions, is endeavoring to sway opinion with their opinions rather than report news the way it happens. NO, I DON'T trust the mainstream media to report the news, and in many instances, to report the truth...wish I could!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  447. Carl Eric KIrk

    Using the terms warlord, druglord, ganglord, cartel and other sweet, respectable terms leads me to believe the media is writing blindly. Undermines my confidence. These criminals are gangmembers or leaders, not charming lords or sweet corporate board members. Call a pig, a pig.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  448. James

    Ye, I feel very disappointed with media especially with CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, MPR (PUBLIC RADIO) you all have not ethic.
    You suppose to be the eyes and the ears for the people and not for a political party.

    They are many thing that I see you doing for instance about the economy during Mr. Bush you taking down even though the unemployment was 4.5% now that is 10% you try your best not to motioned as bad thing instead you tell your audience that it will change “tomorrow” not problem.

    When the housing problem came out none of you ask the right questions to the member of congress who were involve in creation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with not much regulation.

    Now, why none of you look into ACORN dealings and tells as how corrupt they are? None of you is going to say any thing because that is Mr. Obama’s baby.

    If this group could implicate any member from the Republican Party I can assure this could be investigate long, long time ago.

    So now you know why people do not trust any of you. We all know you work under the direction of the new White House.
    I just responding your question I grew up under a dictator ship I recognize their tactic. Is all I can say.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  449. Steve Collins

    As briefly as possibly I will respond. I have shopped around from time
    time for complete coverage of a story of particular interest but have found CNN to have more comprehensive in depth coverage of stories
    that matter to me. In fact it is evident to me that just as CNN spans the
    globe for stories that matter, they first had to span the globe for world
    class journalists. If CNN has an agenda other than to investigate and
    report stories that matter I don't see it, although I must confess Heidi
    Collins is so pretty she could lie to me and I wouldn't care.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  450. Maylady

    I feel the media has done an exceptionally poor job of informing the people of what is happening to our country. They are walking around with their heads in a cloud of Obama love ignoring the facts under their noses. The foul antics of Acorn is the worst example so far. This is an organization that is receiving billons of tax dollars which they are using to fund illegal activities. Our media need to get out if the ivory towers and do some good old fashion investigation about the activities of these tax supported organizations and also the czars in the white house that are advising Obama. Have any of them been vetted? But, it seems, they don't want to get their hands dirty or anger the powers to be.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  451. B Roberts

    All media is biased; it's human nature. News programs that speak to many societies, such as CNN International, are less biased than others, but these stations are no longer available in my area of the country. I now rely on BBC News for the real news, and watch CNN for "hometown" stories.
    Beth
    Oxford, MS

    September 16, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  452. Jonathan

    Unfortunately, Heidi, it seems like cable networks are more interested in "scooping" a story than checking the accuracy of it. Walter Cronkite would be turning in his grave! Example: the Lockerbie bomber's "compassionate discharge" was first reported as for pancreatic cancer which IS fatal, but then reported as prostate cancer, which is operable. Why? To garner more public outrage! Does the media have the right to "spin" stories to make them more commercially palatable?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  453. Skip

    Duly noting what people have said here, the illusion of partisanship seems to pervade the discussion here. Those that have the gold make the rules, and their primary rule is divide and conquer. Each of the two parties making our system has consistently changed once in power. Where Republicans objected to Bill Clinton's wars, they switched and supported The Bush wars. So called liberals do not oppose the wars of Barack Obama. The reason for those wars is transparent to most people, by the curious fact of feeding a money machine.

    You know what is grown in Afghanistan. You ask an audience, what if you had a magic button to push and could get rid of all the illegal drugs tomorrow, would you do it. Ninety per cent said no! Why? Because the said "the economy would collapse," Imagine that, without illicit profits laundered in the banks, the cash flow would dry up. Naturally small players get the news as to blame, but the big boys are "too big to fail," and just keep on going.

    It is not a matter of partisanship, the elite's way of "divide and conquer," it is the same problems recur from one set of people in power to another. If nothing is said in the media of any consequence to these now ingrained and embedded proceedings, then the safety valve of discussion is lost. People know what is wrong by feel they have no voice. So that is why few people trust the news media. It is because the most simply pervasive realities that are clearly on the wrong side of history persist without editorials, without criticism, without even the beginnings of public debate. People do not even have the normative questions of how things should be much less any grip on substantive issues to direct praxis and real change.

    Hope and change should be about issues, not a change of guard for the same old same old. Our news media needs to point such things out, so to regain trust.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  454. Margo Mann

    I don't think it is so much a matter of trust as it is respect for all that you do. I often think the programs on CNN are too close to tabloid press. In fact, Rich Sanchez is way too tabloid in my opinion. But I was especially appalled at Anderson Cooper having that awful right wing, trouble maker, Mark Wilson? on with Roland Martin last night and the night before. That man should not be given the credit for having a brain. I do feel that you are sometimes hard on Pres. Obama and I don't buy the excuse that people were hard on Pres. Bush. Bush was in office for 8 years and he totally ruined the country. Let's give Pres. Obama a chance here. He inherited this mess. He didn't cause it. Heidi, you are a fantastic journalist. You don't show bias. Your voice is pleasant and you are intelligent. That to me is perfect. And besides, you are from Minnesota. And so am I, but I live in Canada now. ha, ha. I do wish CNN didn't have to repeat stories so often. I do appreciate that CNN is on top of things, though.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  455. DJ in Denver

    I like CNN and MSNBC, FOX news should rethink what they are doing.
    MSNBC leans way to the left but they are entertaining and now and then come up with something interesting. I think CNN tries to balance what they are putting out. I love the Newsroom portion of the day. Keep it up.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  456. cheta ott

    I do NOT trust one iota coming from fox news,period! people like limbaugh/o'reilly/hannity and beck should be thrown off the news for outright haterd,dirty.mean and outright lies!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  457. Ann

    Fox does an expose on Acorn clearly showing them crossing the line and suggestiing in at least three occasions that serious laws apparently being broken..knowingly taking part in childhood prostitution...abiding fraud..and what is the response by CNN..suggesting that these film makers were somehow involved in "ENTRAPMENT"? Do we think that it was good investigative REPORTING????? Do you get that Reporting? Billion of OUR TAX Dollars being spent and we have every right to know what is going on Kids go out and find the story and you don't even REPORT this??? And you wonder why we don't trust the news. You look the other way? How many times have these practices gone on that have NOT been recorded..Why has our so called VENERABLE Attorney General NOT called for an investigation and why have the news networks been asking for one??? Where are the old time newsmen with Courage>You should be all over the Justice Department asking for a Full Investigation !..Report! The Truth!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  458. Madison Jones

    I trust some of the media, that I feel do not have a political agenda. The person I trust most on CNN is David Gergen. He does not come with his own agenda, but seek to speak the truth. Most reporters may know the truth, such as knowing that there are no "death panels" in the healthcare bill, but will not refute those statements.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  459. P. A. RHO

    The major media outlets are overwhelmingly populated by people who self-identify in polls as Democrats and/or liberals. This would be fine if they could acknowledge this bias and try to keep it out of their reporting; but unfortunately they cannot even see it, much less control it. I am sometimes almost sickened by the orgasmic fawning of the media over their favorite political candidates and causes. I still hold the old-fashioned view that a good reporter's political biases should be invisible to viewers.

    Heidi, you were right on target this morning when you mentioned two examples: the failure of the media to provide balanced reporting on attacks against anti-abortionists (as well as against abortionists), and the near-total absence of the O'Keefe-Giles ACORN expose (to which CNN has given barely a begrudging nod, despite the fact that the expose has spurred Congressional action against ACORN participation in the census) on any network except FOX. I've been interested to note that FOX, which the public takes far more seriously than the other networks do, continues to attract many of our brightest and best journalists (Bill Hemmer, Greta Van Sustern, and now John Stossel, I hear), some of whom have said that they moved because FOX allows them more opportunities to discuss both sides of an issue. Believe me, I get frustrated with FOX too, but at least they will let conservative guests speak without constant subtle pooh-poohing and patronage. (The other networks seem to think we're not smart enough to notice that – but we do.)

    Read the book "Bias" by Bernard Goldberg. He nailed it. And, of course, most media representatives either ignored or ridiculed the book. That's the whole problem – the media thinks it is unbiased and doesn't need to adjust.

    One of the emails you received this morning expressed disappointment with the media for (or some similar verbiage) and just reporting the news; I think the writer had wanted you to perform more of a watchdog / cattle prod function to push for more accountability and to really dig up issues, specifically against the Bush administration. Well, yes, you should, but not along party lines. That's the trick, isn't it?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  460. Sharon Antal

    If your asking the american people if they know that your are "busted" and we have seen you filter the news to suit your political agenda
    , and you do have a political agenda, as well as, you seem to think you have power to influence politics in general. You are in the same class as MSNBC and thinking you can cover up and brow beat us to your way of thinking and that your reporting accurate news. Well, no body is watching!!!! Thanks to global news and internet we know the facts before you do. You along with New York Times, main stream media,and MSNBC are the least likely to report the real news, just like the democrats you sponsor daily. Shame on you!!!!!!!

    Red, white and blue democrat in West Virginia

    September 16, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  461. Barbara Mays

    Do I trust the News Media?? Heavens NO! I used to trust Anderson Cooper but lately I find him on shaky ground.
    What is up with the media? It's not enough to just tell the truth of the matter...sheesh...I'm so surprised at members of my own family that will repeat stuff they hear on TV and not go check it out? BUT, they will call me sometimes to find out if I have checked it out for them! Sheesh...

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  462. Adam in New Orleans

    Skip, well said!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  463. tishauna

    I think it's somewhat a cop-out for the media to blame partisan beliefs for the reason why the public's trust in the media is so low. There's no real journalism any more. I find the media to be biased towards the status quo then any political alignment. And then there's the whole Iraq war thing...So yeah.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  464. madeline

    of course I don't trust the media Heidi. It started with the War in Iraq.
    No prevalent questions asked by the talking heads,asking for proof of weapons of Mass destruction. To question the insane innuendo that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11.
    Also how the press portrays the current war,oh yes a car on fire in the distance. How profound. at least in Vietnam the journalist showed the true atrocities of war. Not now Heidi.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  465. lias

    fox news, a good reason to not trust the news

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  466. Alfred J. Mulle

    Longevity exposes one to more life experiences. It is a natural fact that youth is generally more idealistic and age is more realistic. The growing mistrust of the media is the result of an aging population which carries increased cynicism in almost all issues. The 'race to report' has always existed but today's communication systems and technologies have accelerated the race to the point that information is often reported before being confirmed. The promise of keeping the public updated does not prevent people from believing initial reports only to learn otherwise later. Bias is also part of trust and this obviously does exist on all sides. Bias does not mean incorrect reporting but rather the selective news chosen to report and the guests chosen to be interviewed. This tactic is losing effect with the older generations who can readily recognize it. .

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  467. Satinder Mullick

    CNN reporting on Health has become–like Rehatching of same stuff over and over.CNN is the most repititive source–for reporting news,but not facts –THEY DO NOT TRY TO ADD ORIGINALITY–like NY Times or Wall Street Journal reporters and guests do.
    They make statements from sources:
    Defensive Tests–but why don't they interview the primary care doctors or ER doctors who are on the frontline of the Health Care.
    Prevention:Why not produce a one hour series–like Afghanistan on Safeway and Cleveland Clinic successes.
    Misdiagnosis: Why not produce a report on this subject.
    ER waiting time or ER doctors or Primary care doctors shortage–why not produce a half an hour program.
    Somehow Sanjay Gupta is spending too much time in Malik in Afghanistan or other issues .He skirts BIG ISSUES with one liners.Perhaps bring in Doctors who are on front line.
    WE want to see HEALTH CARE realities in America.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  468. Dennis

    No I don't trust the media, not just CNN but all media. Just give us the news leave out the hype and if you have an opinion just say it’s your opinion - don't try to disguise it as balanced journalism.

    I don't agree that people go to the news that supports their political beliefs. I listen to Rush Limbaugh even though I don't beleive wht he says. I think he's a NUT. In fact that's why I listen to him!

    You gave us Anna Nicole Smith while we were at war in Iraq, China was eating our lunch, and people were over paying for houses with interest only loans.

    I guess you could say people get the news they deserve.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  469. Brian (Houston)

    Hello Heidi,
    Sorry if this is alittle wordy. I've been a cnn viewer since you came in the air in 1980 and I have seen the change in CNN, and unfortunately much of it is not for the good. First of all, it appears Time Warner is more interested in advertisements than news. CNN used to go in deph on stories and the producers didn't place such time constraints where the viewer heard more than just sound bites like on today's CNN, then CNN in the early years told the whole story. Your a 24 hour news channel, but your acting as if your broadcasting the 5:30 news and your squeezing everything into a half hour...You have 24 hours of news for god sake. Your supposed to tell the story, the WHOLE story but everytime I begin to hear good facts, you and your colleagues have to cut off those you interview to get to the commercial...very annoying and your short changing your viewers from the facts. I guess commercials are more important than getting the whole story to the viewers...Have the owners of CNN ever heard the saying Quality vs Quanity?

    During the election, CNN gave hours of airtime to the main two political parties, but limited airtime to independents and third parties. When you (CNN) gets into political discussions, we the viewers only hear two points of view or "talking points" which as you know are halve truths or in most cases outright LIES and your job as a journalist is to bring out the truth and the facts...WE THE VIEWERS ARE NOT GETTING THE FACTS, and certainly NOT the truth! Not when third parties are excluded from the discussion on your programs like Situation Room, State of the Union and all your news casts when all we hear are talking points from Republicans and Democrats who I don't trust in the first place. Not one of your programs ever include the Libertarian party or Green Party or Independents (NOT Joe Leiberman who is actually a closet democrat).

    During the presidential primaries on an interview on CNN , a remark was made when asked if Hillary was going to win, and the comment was "We won't know until the media decides who wins", now that is the truth! When you (CNN) supress third party candidates airtime and give the lions share of airtime to just Republicans and Democrats, you are short changing your viewing audience bigtime. Your promo's talk about seeking the truth, but yet your supressing it when you only give the people information from two parties well known for lying to the people time and again. You need not look any farther than the condition of our nation by these two very corrupt parties.

    Following a discussion on your network about illegal immigration, I had called the Democratic National Committee office in DC, and when I had asked him why Democrats are so determinied to pass "comprehensive immigration reform", he said the system is broken. I asked him "Sir, with all due respect, how can you say the system is broken is none of the laws were ever enforced, and the border never secured"? He got very angry and said this conversations over then called me a little P***K and told me to go to hell then slammed the phone in my ear. So why do I bring this up?

    Political agenda!!! We can never know if the immigration system is really broken until it is fully funded, the laws are enforced and the border is truely secured. Regardless if American citizens are against illegal immigration or "comprehensive immigration reform" and just want the existing laws to be enforced, this is clear evidence there is an agenda by the Democrats as they see legalizing illegal immigrants, they will be in the good graces with Hispanics and stay in power and CNN has yet to bring this truth out. I used to trust the media, most particular CNN, but lately I see much of the same as I see on MSNBC and Fox and I don't care for what I see. Today, I seek my information from the internet from independent resources such as politifact, politico, anything that is NON Partisan or un-related to the two political parties. The two parties now in power are destroying this nation and the media is playing right along with them and journalistic integrity has been thrown out the window for MONEY...Greed!

    Who loses? The American People who depend on you to get them the truth and CNN along with the rest of the media has FAILED the American people who depended on them for the truth. Your producers may hate this message, but the truth hurts, and the truth is what will always stand above LIES and Deceit that are only too common with the two party system.

    Good Day and God Bless!
    Brian (Houston)

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  470. Jefferson Scott

    I cannot speak to why most Americans distrust the media, but I can tell you why I don't. It is because the media's main goal has become market share first and truth second, if at all.

    This is why media is saturated with pundits on the right and the left more interested in generating heat than light, why we have the "Storms of the Century" and "Trials of the Century" every other year, why elections are covered like horse races rather than a debate on the course of our country, states and municipalities, why virtually irrelevant stories like the death of Anna Nicole Smith receive saturation coverage while the state of the Social Security system will be ignored until it becomes insolvent. It stretches credulity to the breaking point to consider Fox News as "fair and balanced." The same should be said of CNN or MSNBC.

    I find it interesting that you would accord some of this anti-media sentiment to partisanship. Partisanship is fostered by the media as much as any institution in our country. America is indeed a deeply divided nation, but you continually get it wrong. It is not liberal against conservative nor red state against blue. It is extremists and zealots against moderation and rationalism. The 50/50 in this country is the 25 percent on the far left and the 25 percent on the far right against the 50 percent in the middle who seek common ground. Unfortunately, the media speaks only to those on the extremes.

    Of course, the public is complicit in this travesty by opting for this diet of pabulum rather than substance. But ultimately, the media bears a special responsibility to rise above this and deliver the facts in as honest, straight-forward and complete a manner as of they are capable or they are unworthy of the special rights they are accorded.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  471. Millie Castillo, Ohio

    Heidi I do not trust the media any longer. As I have watched several news broadcasts, I have noticed a trend from reporters that is quite disturbing. The questions are posed in such a manner that the purpose of the question is to prove that the respondent is lying. With the same political information discussed throughout the day, is one of the culprits. Your reporters are too focused on making a name for themselves rather than accurate news reporting. Occasionally, your reporters also have a tendency to show their biases. About the only news reporter that I trust at this point within CNN, is Wolf Blitzer. He is the only one that poses his questions to get at the truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  472. Ruth

    I do trust CNN, except for Lou Dobbs - I think he is over the top - very puffed up about himself and his opinions. Frankly, outside of a local news station , I now only watch CNN for my news.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  473. J Robinson

    I do not trust the media for it is no better than the people who produce it. The producers are most often trying to put forth their own agenda and unless you subscribe to their philosophy you can not find much meat. If the media only reported the facts and let the consumers draw conclusions from that we would be better served.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  474. lisa

    I do not trust the media. That statement does not scare me as much as the idea that 29% of the public believe that the media "generally get the facts straight". 24 hour news networks would not exist if all they reported were the facts. It is like that perfect little black dress– on it's own it makes a beautiful statement but each wearer adds their own embellishment and soon the purity of the statement is lost in all the scarves and jewelry.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  475. E.R. Story

    The news media is becoming more and more biased all the time. They are now more interested trying to shape public opinion rather than simply report the facts. Fox has become blatantly pro-Republican and MSNBC blatantly pro-Democratic. CNN is only marginally better.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  476. Batam

    Never. Media work for money. They care about what will bring money to their business and not about what will make this country better. The good example is the health care debate. They will do every thing to make this health care debate drag on forever. They are making millions in this matter through advertissements of health care advocates who are for or against.
    Another example is the Iraq war. I still believe the media is the one to blame for the start of this war. I remember all the lies they were saying about Sadam Husein and encouraging the Bush administration to attack Iraq. Now that the war is a faillure, they came out with another debate which the cost of this war.
    We the people of this nation must be smart not to listern to all what these money "chasers" are saying. They will do everthing to make their lies attract most of us.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  477. Rebecca

    I watch MSNBC knowing that it is biased (Olberman and Maddow are not anchors, they are hosts of opinion shows - just like Hannity or O'Reilly), but I fear that those who watch FOX actually believe they are getting "fair and balanced" news, when if fact FOX reports only that which furthers its political agenda.

    Their bias is so strong and so obvious that I am appalled that anyone takes FOX seriously as a news channel at all. They seem to have gotten even more vicious and outrageous now that their "side" is out of power in Washington.

    In days past Fox's agenda was pro-Bush - now it is to do anything and everything possible to discredit President Obama. They slant everything against him and use innuendo, code words and fear to replace FACTS.

    And MSNBC is just a response to FOX. MSNBC provides some balance to the skewed far-right slant that FOX presents as "news". but both have agendas. People who watch either network are looking for their opinions to be validated - rather than truly wanting to know the FACTS.

    So, I guess I trust the media more than I trust those who watch it and blindly accept whatever they hear at face value (and then repeat it on blogs and twitter (etc.) and further spread the disinformation and the outright lies).

    We, the people, need to start being more discriminating. We need to ask questions and do our own digging for the truth, rather than relying on either the far right or far left talk show hosts to educate us. We need to put our emotions aside and use rational thought and intelligence to filter out the nonsense.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  478. Karen Conner

    Not sure first one went thru- Again:
    No, I do not trust the news media. It has become a contest to report "something" immediately rather than report correct news. Three recent head shakers – 1. Coast Guard exercises on 9/11 – may not have been the best time to conduct maneuvers, but "10 shots fired"? – check it out. 2. Unending coverage of Michael Jackson's death. I feel sorry for him and his family, but for crying out loud – he was an entertainer that died. 24/7 coverage for days on end was a little over the top. 3. This one destroys me, and that is AP's decision to run the picture of the dying Marine in Afghanistan against the pleading of the Marine's family and Secretary Gates. That one was absolutely the most cruel and dispicable act yet, and nobody in the media condemned them. Could go on and on, but nobody wants to listen to that. I take it all with a grain of salt – ONE MORE THING – when my son was in Iraq, if a reporter came and asked them how it was going and the soldiers began talking about good things they were doing – reconstruction, schools, etc., the reporter walked away.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  479. S. Oliver Wilder

    CNN used to control the 'news-conversation' in this country.

    What ever happend to what, where, why, when, how, who questions that will bring forth FACTS?

    CNN fails to cover issues like ACORN, SEIU, the Czars, with deep, probing, 'no-nonsense investigative questions.

    Joe Wilson: CNN failed to report all sides. For example, there is no verification of citizenship written into the current (HR3200) Health Care Bill. Reporting that FACT would have been truthful, not biased.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  480. Shavonne

    Unfortunately our news media is much like reality TV...you have lot of choices and all are competing for a spot in the American homes.

    Hunches are reported more than facts and the facts are never revealed until after the "drama" has been stretched to its breaking point.

    Shame on the media for playing on the American peoples emotions rather than presenting information that people can use without the "fear factor" being upped beyond the point of belief.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  481. Barb

    The media delivers the news that they are instructed to deliver by the real people who run America and the world. The headlines we see and hear today were planned long before now!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  482. Irene

    I am really sorry to say I do not trust the media to report the news impartially. We are retired, so we watch CNN quite a bit, and we see the news manipulated pretty much on a story by story basis to deliver it in the light agreeable to the newsperson. Also, the story is often given way too much emphasis if it happens to be a slow news day. I would suggest the media seek out stories of good stuff going on to use when the bad news is minimal. Did it ever occur to you that the absence of bad news is really good news in itself?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  483. Bob, Mi

    I can't believe you guys put this right back on the veiwers not hearing what they like. Seems everyone has a great ability to rationalize their actions these days. news people these days stand around like a bunch of fifth graders yelling.. fight.. fight. It's like the plants in reality shows, only there to stir up trouble and keep the drama going. Shame ... Shame

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  484. Al

    No I don't but not for the reasons that most cite. I'm smart enough to figure out left form right and all that. But you guys have to start doing your homework and leaving your personal thoughts out. Just the news please,forget the showmanship. Just one example of not doing your homework the Coast Guard training run, somebody heard it on the scanner and didn't listen good enough to see it was a training run but the media dosen't say we made a mistake they blame the Coast Guard for scaring the sheep in the field so the story continues. Just do your homework before you open your mouth, isn't that what you learned in COLLAGE !! Your words have consequences. PS guns don't say BANG BANG

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  485. Grendel

    All right
    1 While you we reading off the computer, I could read the other comments posted, the negative one. You only read the positve ones.
    That hurts your credibility. You prove the point of the poll. All you had to do was just say "there is some harsh criticism here". That's It. That's all you had to do to maintain credibility.
    2 The media has abandoned Socrates and embraced Sophistry. That's the whole problem. It is not right for the media to be advocates. They should strive to be impartial. Strive for truth. But Sophistry has taken over Journalism. The believe that there are only viewpoints, no truth. This is a fundamental problem in Journalism School.
    3 I switch routinely between CNN and the competition for a whole perspective. I really shouldn't have to do it. It makes deficits and bias in reporting glaringly obvious.
    5 As a member of General Public, we rely on the Media to be MUCKRACKERS. Don't Matter who is in office. Dem or Rep. When the media losses desire to hold politicians feet to the fire, America should tremble. You don't willing give politicians the power that Hugo Chavez has over the media, you fight it. Cause once the power is given, the politician's control of information is not gonna be given back.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  486. Ann

    I watch CNN and MSNBC – FOX should be taken off the air but freedom of speech. I do not watch Lou Dobbs anymore and feel he is so biased. At least MSNBC gets the FACTs to rebutt what FOX is saying ( they never get the facts right) CNN does a pretty good job and I do not think you are partisan as some have said.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  487. John

    No I don't trust the media; it’s not hard to see the political bias from channel to channel. FOX seems to be the fairest.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  488. Jide

    Do I trust the media? Yes, for only bad news.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  489. John M

    Check your ratings. FOX's are through the roof because Van Jones, Acorn corruption, 30 some Czars, corruption in Congress( Dodd, Franks etc,) stimulus bills that don't get read, 75,000 mainly middle class protesters, healthcare that Obama insists on ramming down our throats, record job losses, billions to Wall Street, Obama's Goldman Sachs buddies, etc,etc. appear to only get real covererage there. You are supposed to be holding fire over the government and you constantly soft pedal your interviews or simply allow Fox to be in front of these stories. The public has no choice than to leave the major news organizations because again and again it feels like your in Obama's pocket. Guess what I am not a racist. I believe in equality for all but Obama is very shifty and he is losing his credibility everyday. This week is a perfect example. He will be on every news outlet out there except the one that will actually inquire as to his decision making and possible left wing relationships and/or agenda. Even Hillary Clinton said O'reilly's interview during the campaign was fair and balanced. How convenenient. Most moderates or independants did not vote for this kind of change and Obama can only blame the Bushies for so long.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  490. Raj

    Most of the commentary about media biase has been blamed on partisan politics. Another convenient way for media to spin the weakness or erosion of tough journalism. For the past eight years, white house has been feeding stories that even a first grader knew were lies. Media never, I mean "NEVER" took the administration to task, from Iraq war lies, to Palme case to wire tapping and you can go on and on. Not once any media person got up and asked a tough question. And if a question was asked, the answer, which media smilingly and without any gutsy follow up question accepted, the answer was national security ot it is a hard work.....

    You have got to get to the fundamental journalism and that is to get to the truth and don't get carried away by politicians who will manioulate you to their benefit. The media has to cut thru what the politicians feed you and get to the truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  491. Sue

    I'm sorry to say, I do not trust the media. A story should never air without all the facts. This is not some race to see who can get the biggest headline the fastest. This is a solid source of information to the public. If a reporter (or news channel) loses credibility, their stories are worthless and so is their reputation. Responsible journalism has always been and should always be the media’s top priority.

    That said, there is another issue. The media has intentionally or unintentionally been manipulating the public. It started during the last presidential election. Most anchors are young, which is fine. But the young are easily misled by charismatic speakers. They don't have the experience to see through a candidate’s high-powered, prepared speeches, to that person’s inadequacies and flaws. These young reporters were so charged up by Obama's words, they became bias in their reporting. Several times, I saw them report something negative about Obama, and quickly skip over it to report something even more negative about another candidate. The media (CNN in particular) literally swayed the election toward Obama. That type of reporting is unacceptable.

    I think it's going to be a long time before the public can fully trust the media again.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  492. Gayla

    Hi Heidi,

    Yes, i trust the media, and that only one is CNN. I get to watch because I medically retire from the military beginning tomorrow. Some controversial unfortunately at someone else's cost, this comment meaning, some of the breaking (political) stories that is covered unfortunately there's a price that someone pays.

    Thank You CNN, also for helping our troops so they can get better treatment.

    I see racism is peeking its old head. I'm native american. I wish no bad to anyone, because the only person Im afraid of is that I have the fear of god in me and I too will be judged, I know the difference between right and wrong anyway.

    CNN is #1 in my book.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  493. Ronald Keeney

    I trust some of the news media, NPR, Public TV news and commentary, some reporters on CNN and MSNBC, all of BBC News, my local newscasts and my daily newspaper. I find that if I listen to and read a broad enough spectrum of news, I can ferret out the facts at the intersecting lines of commentary. However, I will not sacrifice my integrity to watch Fox News or listen to talk radio. The latter two are money-makers whose sponsors exploiting the ignorance and prejudices of their hosts, guests and audience. I wonder if "The Drugster," as Ed of the "ED Show" calls Rush Limbaugh, realizes that he is being played for the fool to make money for his sponsors?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  494. Mike L

    Weeks spent covering Michael Jacksons death as a result of his "request" to use a drug used by anetheseoligists. The news media covered that "story" as though it was news. Instead of how his own drug abuse contributed to his own death.

    A police officer dies in the line of duty and that warrants news and an entourage of hundreds for his funeral.

    But 4000 Americans men and women voluntarily give their lives for their country in an illegal war in a foreign country. Does that warranty some news time.... Nope

    In fact, the news helps the president sweep it under the rug. No media, or cameras when the aircraft return with the caskets, no coverage of the funerals..... nada....

    In Canada the times and dates of the return of deceased service men and women are published. People line the highways and overpasses to "HONOR" their sacrifice. As the procession drives by.

    But..... dieing for your country now days in America doesn't make you a hero, doesn't warrant acknowledgment by all of those "I support the troops" people.... Nope.... you gotta be a millionaire drug addict.... Now that will get you some coverage.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  495. Dr. Pamela Allegretto-Diiulio

    As an American living and teaching at university in Kuwait, I believe the media is responsible for antagonizing the sentiments of the American people because they only report news that sells. They prefer sensationalism; therefore, the "other" side of an issue is often ignored or silenced. Cases in point:

    1. On 9/11 the media reported and filmed Palestinian children dancing in the streets, celebrating the attacks on America. These children, who do not speak or write in English were holding signs written in English. Did you know that in one case, a journalist staged one of these celebrations in order to elevate hysteria and outrage in their audience? Did you know that at the US Embassy in Kuwait, I witnessed thousands of wreaths and banners and other acts of condolences given by the Muslim and Arab population for their sadness over 9/11?

    2. After the Oklahoma City bombing of the Federal Building, Connie Chung, a reporter, stated on live TV that three men of Arab descent were seen running from the premises. How sad. It was two of our own American citizens who were responsible. But the furor was planted in the audience that it was an Arab terrorist network who did this.

    The media has often created much distortion in either the slant they use in reporting or through their silence of the truth of certain situations.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  496. sixguinness

    I won't paint the 'media' with a broad stroke of generality as there are a few that I actually watch with a modicum of trust. I do believe that when news services such as CNN creates these kinds of topics, it serves more the purpose of being a viewer poll. If you were really interested in offering premium journalism to the public, you wouldn't need to be asking this question.

    Like most news outlets, CNN is a big corporation whose priority is to enhance it's bottom line in an immensely competitive industry. That is, of course, tantamount to remaining in business, but I feel that 85% of your efforts goes toward that goal and 15% toward accurately informing the public of what's going on in the world.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  497. John McDougald

    I watch CNN a lot and am generally pleased with the reporting. But two things drive me crazy which I believe contribute to the low trust ratings the media received in general. (1) Example: Rick Sanchez does an in-depth follow-up on the "You lie" story, concluding with comments from the President which essentially said that (a) the bill will not allow federal payments for illegal aliens, and (b) that hospitals will still be required to treat illegal aliens. Sanchez then concluded that the SC Senator was wrong. What about the big hole left in the story? WHO DOES PAY FOR THE HOSPITAL TREATMENT OF ILLEGAL ALIENS? Without answering that question, an impartial observer is left to conclude that the interview favors the Obama view. May or may not be true, but that's what it looks like. (2) I can't tell you how many times stories from all TV media end with, "well, we're out of time." That may be true, but you're not out of story. Instead of broadcasting the same material three or four times during the course of the day, why not extend the interviews and ask some of the tougher questions that seem to get left on the table. And just once, I'd like to hear an interviewer say, "You know Senator, Representative, Mr. President, you didn't answer the question I asked. Would you like to try again?" My two cents.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  498. Maria

    Heidi,

    CNN has double standards when reporting Hate Crimes. CNN always takes the part of minorities.
    Case in point: yesterday's school bus 'incident in St. Louis, where a white student just wanted to sit in a vacant seat. The black student already in the seat next to it did not want him there and he and his friend brutally, and I mean brutally beat this white teenager to a pulp. His accomplice was also black.
    A young white girl was brutally raped by a black man in Oregon. A hate crime in its purest form. Why didn't you report on it?
    If these cases would have been reversed, CNN would have called on the Reverend's Sharpton and Jackson for their comments.
    Please tell my why this is?
    CNN has taken on tabloid reporting. Integrity and unbiased reporting is missing. I used to like it when it was TNN – at least you got the news unbiased, and factual not slanted.

    Maria
    .

    September 16, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  499. Maia Ajanaku-Locke

    Ninety percent of my time watching TV is spent in the news rooms of CNN, FOX and MSNBC and in each room I find no one who I feel could be trusted to give an unbiased "No Bull" report of the situation.

    From every news room, I come away with the feeling that a question is really a statement and the reporter's opinions about the person or situation is driven by skin color. The good guy always wear white skin whether it is on the golf course, the tennis court or in the court room. Senena Williams' boiling point has been on simmer every since she turned pro. It seems that the media has been praying for some one, anyone, even if form another country, to please beat her and her sister. The same with Tiger Woods. The same with basketball where the coach's skin color determines the flavor of your media support.

    Even the truth is shaded. Van Jones was not attacked and run out of the White House's advisory circle because of his alleged participation in L.A. riots or his alleged signature on some petition. He was attacked because of his recently expressed views on the differences in the types of murders committed by black and white youth. Yet the media was willing to burn Van Jones and exorcise his career upon ghost charges.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  500. Kenneth E. Hilliard

    Heidi, what i look for in a news report are the facts, may i add, a thorough reporting of the facts regarding any given story...What i am dismayed about, in most cases, a reporter adds his or her two cents to the story they are reporting .That is the window in which he or she displays who they really are..if the reporter feels compelled to add personal comments to some stories, and not others...especially subjects dealing with race, at the very least, a trend is established...most often than not , a white reporter will send very strong disapproval messages when reportig on white people being victimized , and refrain from sending any messages , or adding in , when reporting on people of color being victimized by white people...ie...K West/T. swift , and the school bus incident in Georgia .

    September 16, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  501. jcollina

    Report the news. Do not make the news.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  502. Satinder Mullick

    CNN has not brought in –the right people who understand the Health Care .
    Politicians are putting lot of false statements.For Example:
    Today-9/16–CNBC Becky Quick interviewed Warren Buffet on 1st anniversay of Financila Collapse.Becky asked Warren about Health Reform.
    Warren replied:
    IT IS HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM
    Not Health Care reform.

    How about CNN interviewing Warren Buffet on that point?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  503. Maria

    No. Too minority/racially /politically biased. Too much tabloid. Hardly any factual international news.

    Maria

    September 16, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  504. Russ Leach

    In our life times, we come to witness events and then read the report afterwords. Sports writing for the most part seems to be straight forward. It is hard to find political bias there. In the daily happenings .. the TV/Cable media appear to give us the news or some of the news to the extent that they assign blame or praise. I can remember when working in a large corporation, how folks would give status reports .. good news was because of them ... not good news was some else's ( with real names) fault! The effort being to get the job. In your business ... How many times was George Bush's name used in conjucction with reports of soldiers death in the war? Now today ... who even reports on the war? Yet, soldiers are still dying! Such news may cause the president to connected to the deaths ... his fault! The polling data has shown the greater then 90% of the media are in the democratic camp. People in general, do not report bad news on themselves or thing that they are associated with!!
    Finally, when trust is high ... communication is easy ... we tend to know each other ... When trust is low, communication is like navigating a mine field. The News media has used up its trust! From here forward ... communication will be hard ... we will check what is being said because we can. There is more than one source and thus the playing field is more level than it ever has been. When you handle one person one way and another more harshly ... we can compare! We can walk away ... cancel our subscription ... not watch ... ignore!
    I have not watched CNN for years! Of late, I have began watching only to see how (not what) the news is being presented!

    Russ Leach
    Wake Forest, NC

    September 16, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  505. Hattie

    No. The media is only interested in rankings. They often report their opinions which influence the public in taking sides. There is never enough of a balance of both sides of an issue. Many are politically bias and influence by politics, money, and agenda. However, Anderson Cooper does do a better job at reporting his stories because he at least challenges and questioning people to own up to the things they say and holds them accountable.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  506. Joe

    At any hour of every day I can turn on a news channel and watch some talking head acting like only they are savvy enough to digest and understand the events they are covering. They offer their own opinions (ostensibly) and commentary, leaving out little bits of information here and there adding strawman arguments as they go. I see it on every news channel, CNN not excepted. Oh yeah, "both sides of an issue" is an unusually demeaning phrase that pops up alot. Like there are only two ways to see anything in this increasingly complicated world. Sure, I trust MSM, ever since I heard the venerable Chuck Todd ask our president why he wasn't asking the American people to sacrifice more for the financial bailouts. Absolutely fearless in the quest for the truth. Amazing, give yourselves a hand.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  507. Bobby Pope

    The problem here is self-evident- you put out a survey when the people in this country want honest journalism. This silly survey is your shallow attempt to address politically biased reporting. Once the survey is over- won’t you feel you’ve done your part and adequately addressed the situation? When in reality, you’ve addressed absolutely nothing. What you won’t do is report on HOW you are part of the problem. Just give us a survey and act like you’re not. You are doing what the American public expects you to do- nothing. The reality is most people now watch you, MSN and FOX as entertainment. We are aware (like you are) that you have an agenda. In addition, we are aware (like you are) that you serve a biased target group. So, it’s all easy entertaining for us to watch you avert facts that get in the way. The people I know (like myself) watch you guys like we watch American Idol or Big Brother; with nervous anticipation and excitement that you’ll either come off as buffoons (in you reporting) or make somebody else look like a buffoon (in your reporting). Is there a solution? I doubt it. People like you will have to remember what journalism was like before the conversion; when mass communications meant integrity and not watered down reality show gimmicks. Watching CNN, MSNBC and FOX is the new entertainment. Well done, I guess.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  508. Chris

    I usually flip between Fox and CNN to get my news (plus read tons of newspapers online) – it's not necessarily the slant of the news but the subjects that you pick to report on – some things will be news for days/weeks/months – and it gets tiring after the initial report ...... and then there is the 'news' that you specificaly don't report – why no mention of the 'kid' who was beaten by a bunch of twits on that school bus in St. Louis? I did a general search and didn't find ONE item on this story .... reason?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  509. gene

    no why are you not carring the acorn scandle

    September 16, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  510. james grayson

    Dear Heidi,

    I just saw your piece (9/16/09) regarding lack of public trust for the media. I definitely agree – I am one of them. Especially with television journalists.

    It really galls me when CNN as well other TV news outlets reference the “DC Sniper”. That nut was never a citizen of the District of Columbia, and during his rampage, only one citizen was killed in the City. The majority of the people were killed in suburban Montgomery County MD and Northern Virginia. Yet today, and in previous stories your station, continue with this inaccuracy. Does CNN care whether this may give the impression that the Nations Capitol is worst than cities such as New York, Chicago, or Philadelphia? Why not try saying the "Washington DC Metropolitan Area Sniper" or better still the "Maryland Sniper", etc.?

    A month ago Walter Cronkite died and all the TV stations were lauding his accomplishments. Well, why not try to implement some of the things that made him a great TV news commentator? I’m 65 years old and remember when television was young we had guys such as: Edward R. Murrow, John Cameron Swayze, Eric Severied, John Chancellor, Huntley and Brinkley, etc. They did a better job of researching, writing and reporting the news. I realize tv news is a business and competition is stiff. But the other day you guys were embarssed when you jump the gun on the [9/11] Coast Guard story

    As for my opinion regarding slanted reporting depending upon the political party in power: Again, I feel news reporters today, should follow the job ethics of the people I named previously. They seemed to have always kept their politics personal and JUST reported the news.

    James of Montgomery MD
    [by way of Washington DC]

    September 16, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  511. P. Miller

    I agree with former President Carter 100%. Within the context of speaking openly and honestly, blacks didn't create slavery nor did blacks orgnize hate groups such as the KKK. Is there any questions about the reasons why many whites fell blacks aren't capable of heading what whites consider to be a complex system (" especially black males"). Now go figure!!!!!!

    P. Miller Houston,TX

    September 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  512. Fabian Bustamante

    Hello to everyone, this is a good question and I'm happy that someone the idea of asking. Personally I don't trust
    the news some of my main reasons are:
    People in control of the media has political tides.
    The Pentagon set up the Office of Strategic Influence (OSI) with the purpose of planting false stories in
    the media in order to carry out strategic objectives. The New York Times broke a story in February 2002.
    (Real stories like what this about the IHC are not covered) and there is many other reasons that I can't even mention without been concern about what can happen, but one thing
    that I can say is that CNN is better than any other at any time.

    Thank you.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  513. Christine

    I do not trust the news media... during the elections my husband and I switched from Fox to CNN, and we predicted each time which each station would say, Fox republican, CNN, Democrat... we wondered is this news, or opinions?

    Also, why haven't we heard much from CNN on the latest Acorn ordeal where the woman had a hidden camera and pretended to be a prostitute (along with her pimp etc.) The only place we've heard much about that has been on Fox... we'd like to hear what CNN has to say on it...

    We need the facts on the news happening in our world, not opinions, we've all got plenty of those! Thanks!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  514. yvonne mendoza

    No! Some very important news are withheld from the American people. And if reported it is often biased. What happened to reporting with integrity?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  515. kevin j.

    I do not trust the media. I seen the tail end of your story on CNN this morning, but when I went to the CNN website it was no where to be found. It was a good thing I dvr'd it so I could come to this blog. Cnn you are like all those commercials with the tiny writing at the bottom of the tv screen. Nice attempt at trying to face the issue though, keep trying to earn some trust.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  516. Anne

    Who controls the news. A couple of years ago two investigative reporters with FOX 13 in Florida, Jane Ekre and Steve Wilson
    did an indepth report on Monsanto Corporation that was never aired and they were fired. Seems they would not lie or change their story.
    Guess they were scared to loose their advertising money and threats
    of "dire consequences" if FOX showed their "investigative report."
    That is a shame. After I heard about this I looked up Monsanto and
    it scared the heck out of me. What happened to all the people who
    lived by their plant near the Snow Creek, in Anniston, Alabama. That wasn't on the news was it.

    The people want to know the truth. Not news controlled or filtered by the media moguls, politicians, banking and oil moguls, and those narcisstic obtuse people who want the "New World Order," to control the wealth and population of the world. CNN is about the only station
    The people need to know what is going on with what these
    elite of the elite's influence is not only for the people of the United States and the world, except for about 5 countries that they still haven't been able to coerce to join their idiology. Why do we have over 131
    bases all over the world. We wouldn't allow ANY country to have
    their bases in the United States of America. Look what is happening
    to our country by these big moguls moving all the factories over seas, NAFTA, what a joke, there is no free trade. CNN knows who I'm referring to. Investigate and let the people know about the Bill to
    audit the Federal Reserve and find out where the money went.
    The Federal Reserve is a private bank! With 7 Board of
    Governors, chosen by the President and the list of names comes from the Federal Reserve! They serve for 14 years and CAN NOT
    be removed. The FDIC, nor our elected congressmen and senate
    can't remove them once they are in office. There are two vacancy
    on the Board of Governors, that President Obama has to choose. Report on the people running the Federal Reserve, those running the US Treasury, the world bank, and those appointed to office. Same
    people running our country, over and over for a decade. The people
    are sick and tired of it and want people held accountable. I hope the FDIC investigates the bank executives and their cronies who they
    over lent loan money too, that the tax payers had to pay off for their
    lies and greed. CNN step up to the plate, we can handle the truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  517. Adam in New Orleans

    I take some comfort in the responses above. That most here recognize that the news is now sponsored biased entertainment with moments of unbiased lucidity tells me that those capable of responding to this in the middle of the morning (e.g., unemployed), have awoken to the Republican, Democrat, and corporate-sponsored BS. Aside from the vote, we're all virtually powerless to change anything.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  518. Lou English

    Generally speaking; no, I do not trust the news media. Nothing personal, but todays 'news' is not about 'reporting' but seems to promote or condem a current corporate or political agenda or event.
    There are very few exceptions.
    Like a slick commercial, the the idea is to 'sell' the product or service to the gulible consumer.
    The responsibility that the 'press' has to the American public has been lost.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  519. Beth Sunderman

    I just last week e-mailed CNN with that very comment...I don't trust the news media any more. I am 57 and learned many years ago how to distinguish between fact and opinion. Too bad so many Americans cannot do so. Whether it's FOX, CNN, MSNBC or any others, the political agenda is so obvious. Are you covering the ACORN situation? I have watched all morning and not a word. This is an organization with heavy political leanings and so pointed out in the presidential elections recently. Why is this not a story for CNN? This is only one example of the extreme difference in news coverage from one news organization to another. Are you not concerned that such a politically motivated organization which had such influence in the elections is so corrupt? No wonder conservatives are so frustrated! And to even suggest that the reason we disagree with Obama politics is racially motivated makes me sick. I am so discouraged with it all!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  520. Michele

    No. The media is only interested in filling the air waves. The 24 hour news makes them just go looking for a story even if there isn't one. Plus they fill the time with talk shows that is just one person's opinion but it fuels the bipartisan war makes the divide deeper. Just watch the news and you can tell which party controls that network. Plus, the medias questions only cover what they want covered on a subject therefore, you really do not get the whole truth. They want people they interview to say what they want them to say. What happened to giving the facts and leting the people decide for themselves what is right or how they feel about an issue. Sombody says something and then you tell us how to view what they said.

    The media has kept Sarah Palin in the news far longer then she should have been. She blogs something and you jump and report it like she knows what she is talking about and it is plain to be seen she does not know what she is talking about. Along with paying Dick Cheney to get on the air waves and shows and let him tear down anybody that doesn't agree with him. Really we should get more thinking and careful what hear and read the internet does not always give us the truth either.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  521. Maureen

    I do not trust CNN or any of the other news programs that have side of an issue, LIBERAL and is afraid to have opposing opions from Conservatives. Mainstream as well as CNN has become ALL OBAMA ALL DAY Propaganda machines.
    There is no wonder why FOX is out pacing every SAID NEWS program. Fox is the only one that does give equal opportunity to opposing views on most subjects. Fox is the only one who does not owe favors to the White House or Democrat Party.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  522. Georgia Ortiz

    I trust very few of the media even on CNN. Previously you could trust CNN.
    Also, the pundits keep talking and talking while major events are taking place and I for one would like to hear the speeches that are being covered not the commentaries. The people covering the news need to make fewer comments and more honest to God coverage maybe then they would be believable.

    I trust Anderson Cooper. He is clear and unbiased!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  523. Rhett Bigham

    While CNN has been my favorite for decades, too often accuracy is sacrificed to try & scoop other media outlets. CNN has taken their eye off the ball, as far as I am concerned. The priority should be trust, by concentrating on accuracy & vetting sources, rather than speed. But I notice even when it is not a breaking story, there are often inaccuracies. Not 10 minutes after Heidi brought up the survey about trusting news media, you show a map of the TX & Mexico related to the border town killings in Juarez, saying Juarez is across the border from El Paso & then mark the map south of Big Bend west of Laredo. I guess your map people do not know El Paso is the western tip of TX. It is great that your 24 hour format generally means you break news first, but I have to hear it repeated by the major network media before I start to believe it. Very sad, when CNN was the absolute best 2 decades ago. Rhett

    September 16, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  524. Kilfarsnar

    No, I don't trust the media generally. They are influenced by their corporate owners, and don't report news that reflects poorly on their advertisers or parent corporations. Many of their sources are anonymous government officials pushing an agenda. Reporters often just pass along information rather than treating it with a skeptical eye.

    Real investigative reporting that speaks truth to power and gives people relevant information is hard to find these days.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  525. Bill

    It's hard to trust your network when you put Juarez, Mexico adjacent to the southern part of Texas. If you check your Rand-McNally road map, you'll find that Juarez is adjacent to El Paso which is in the western panhandle of Texas.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  526. Marsha

    I would like to watch a factual accounting of the news without the "spin". Lately I have been tuning in to the BBC news. It seems like all of the other news stations are trying to "entertain".

    September 16, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  527. Nicole

    Media sources have a right to advocate what they believe. That's what gives our country such color–people demonstrating what they think in anyway they choose. However, it seems that most media sources advocate current trends instead of truth. I am neither Republican nor Democrat, but I can see the tilt. I'm not sure what should be done, but I most emphatically do not form my opinions based on news anchors and their pet stories.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  528. Pat

    The media is reasonably accurate when it reports stories involving specific crimes, but incredibly biased when reporting political news. I think some of the reporters on CNN (like you) are objective; others are extremely biased and I don't watch them. When I see something outrageous I do send an email in to let the station know that some of us are not taken in by what they're presenting.
    At one time I avoided Fox news because I had heard that it was too right wing. When I watched MSNBC during the presidential campaign I was so shocked by their left wing bias that I decided to try Fox news. It is far more balanced, although I think some individual commentators get carried away. Bill O'Reilly and Greta van Susteren are the most objective. On MSNBC the only program worth watching is Morning Joe.
    It does seem that disrespect for Pres. Bush was tolerated by the media, while they look for racist motives behind disagreement with Pres. Obama's policies. I think the media should have reported the Rev. Wright issue far earlier in the campaign than it did. They certainly would have jumped on a story about an extremist minister of a white candidate. The lack of reporting about ACORN, and the background of the czars in the administration is another area of concern.
    As far as the written media is concerned, it 's interesting how the NY Times manages to not report about rescue attempts for its reporters when held captive, but published the name, location and current employer for a CIA interrogator.
    I try to get my news from several sources, and evaluate what I read or hear. That's about all we can do.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  529. georgene roselles

    No ,I feel News has become to gimmicky,sensationalized all for rating .What is called news today is not news at all. I feel News is things that effect all people ,9/11 was News as well as a disasters.
    I think reporters way over step areas when people are traumatized and ask insensitive question and may I dare say stupid ones
    Seculation is not news ,potenial suspect is not news, The case of the Ramsey child suspect that confessed made the media look like idiots.
    Report what is real and True and keep your opinions to yourself

    September 16, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  530. Stuart in Phila, PA

    No, I do not trust the news media to accurately report the news.

    I believe the "quality" (including intelligence, honesty, etc) has declined since your poll (1985) was initially taken (too many reasons to discuss here). Plus the need to be the 1st in combination with the internet (i.e., immediacy) has contributed to your decline.

    In the end we all suffer, but so it is...

    September 16, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  531. dex

    I know that fox news and msnbc are bias just as so many American. For once why dont we just let the facts speaks for itself. I dont care, but this country is as divided as ever and people are really showing their true color. We are soppose to be the united states of america much more like the divided states of america just like the media. To matt I see that you and others are brain washed by fox new,but its ok fox old anyways.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  532. HJ

    I get most of my news on the internet directly from the AP, Reuters, etc.

    After the awful job *all* US news organizations did during the leadup to the Iraq way, they lost me for good. If there is any news I watch now on TV it is BBC America. They *report* the news rather than *making* it (making it up in the case of Fox). It doesn't surprise me that the most misinformed people when it come to current events are the American people. Most take what they see on TV as gospel without questioning or verifying on the internet the authenticity of the news they're getting.

    My gripe with CNN is the fact that they spend time reading blogs on the air. I can do that myself, I don't need CNN to read to me what I can read online. BBC is by far the best news on TV. They give the fact, keep their opinions to themselves and don't waste my time with blogs. Period.

    Without good information, you are make mistakes. Case in point, the Iraq war, the healthcare 'debate', etc. It's a slippery slope we're on. If news organizations stop worrying about ratings, and concentrate on just reporting the new, I might start watching again.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  533. George

    Hello Heidi,

    Since Obama will NOT interview with Fox News that really tells the American public what's "right and WRONG" with the news media and our so-called President that slants only to his direction NOT the Truth.
    Obama has supported ACORN from before the 2008 campaign plus would not even consider any investigation of "criminal wrong" that ACORN IS today in America!

    I have been watching CNN for the past three days trying to learn more about the ACORN story that FOX news has been covering. Your news organization wont even cover it!! WHY??????? IS THAT?????

    I've seen segments about how the protests on health care are racially motivated, that have a sliver of truth for a small percentagage of the protesters, but it is all THAT your news org focuses on – producers as well as speakers.

    No wonder FOX news ratings are skyrocketing……..even though they too show some bias, at least they report both sides of the story FAIRLY, CLEARLY, BALANCED and mostly UNBIASED.

    Good question for your CNN producers – If Fox News rating are going through the roof – Glen Beck, O'Reiley, Greta, and the rest PROVE good journalism in reporting the FACTS!

    CNN seems to be lagging FAR behind just on the one topic of ACORN and it's corruption across our great nation. Why do more American's trust Fox News – reality because of truth NOW – every minute of everyday.

    At least copy Fox News lead to at least be UP with the current events. Maybe it might help CNN for a while.

    Plus I did NOT appreciate the interruption to the "Weather Man" two days ago by YOU – Heidi. He was just trying to tell about the weather when you "STOLE HIS THUNDER" right out from under him. I agree with his response for you to leave him alone and let him do his JOB!!!

    George

    September 16, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  534. Tory II

    No.

    CNN, like most other news outlets will defend and support govt. And many of CNN's employees are antigun.

    Guns are also banned on CNN's property.
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    Illinois

    September 16, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  535. Satinder Mullick

    Trusting Media–is not a easy question.NY Times,ABC,NBC ,CBS does a good job,but CNN is all over the place in my grading.
    On Afghanistan-I will give them A or B–but on Health Care–I will give them D or F.
    On 9/16/2009,Becky Quick of CNBC interviewed Warren Buffet(Video of interview is available on CNBC).Warren was asked about Health Care Reform.
    Warren replied,"It is Health Insurance Reform–not Health Care Reform".
    NOW CNN missed this distinction completely.
    If you want to discuss Health Care Reform–which is only a small insignificant part of current bills–then CNN is misguiding us.If you labelled it Health Insurance Reform–then you are doing a great service.
    I suggest: To discuss Health Care Reform–have a one hour program with the following:
    Warren Buffet
    Andrew Weil,MD-Why our Health matters–has great ideas.
    Tarun Mullick,MD-EARLY DETECTION/Prevention is Key.
    Cleveland Clinic–Successes from Prevention
    Steve Burd,CEO of Safeway–Prevention reduces costs.
    Sunil Sharma,ER doctor–Effective Care
    Geisinger Health System
    Sanjay Gupta is a great reporter,but lately has become political and is not focussing on this distinction that it is Insurance Reform and not Health Care Reform which encompasses Prevention and Early Detection.His coverage of Malik-2 years old in Afghanistan-rather than other issues–did not help in American's view of our involvement there.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  536. Thomas Jefferson

    You mean, trust "Certainly Not the News"?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  537. Antwon Lee

    Trust the MSM? No way! Why?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  538. Mark S.

    Trust? No. Believe. No.
    Not since the press villified Hillary. I thought you guys wanted
    her to win, not Obama.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  539. Sandy

    I use to be a news producer in the news department my city's ABC-Affiliate, there was never enough time to truly report stories in depth and really lay out all the facts, etc. With Cable we get 24/24/7...a lot of time to report and really too much time for biases and speculation, especially Fox. (see, i've shown my bias.

    There was an incident at CNBC that turned me off so badly I will never watch it again. Cannot remember the anchor's name but when the stock market was down and weeks after President Obama took office, this anchor in the Financial Market said on air, I WILL NOT agree to any contribution from my income going to help other people uninsured. He was in the same group as Erin, whom I happen to like and feel she is objective and smart. CNN should try to pull her away from CNBC). This male anchor bad mouthed new policies and the fall of the stock market and how much he had lost and so on. It was truly so distasteful I will never watch that station again, on any story. Here I am making $10.00/hr and absolutely willing to help in any way. Few months later he is as happy as can be!

    Anchors and reporters really need to personally show others compassion along with reporting objectively, w/o bias. CNN does a good job and I really don't see the bias in most of the anchors reporting. There are some who are just too abrupt in their reporting, mostly early evening and evening.

    There is so very much news and I do applaud you for a job mostly well-done, especially morning and early afternoon.

    Sandy-SLC

    September 16, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  540. N

    No, reason: just look at Fox's claim that they can lie outright in their stories. Journalistic integrity seems to have gone the way of the Dodo.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  541. David

    Good Morning Heidi,

    The news is so interactive now, with the internet and especially blogs like this, that I feel the media, is often pushing the envelop in reporting. It's like the media and the public are intimately connected in the pulse and flow of news and response, shock sometimes and public reaction, working through of all of these things.

    I enjoy the back and forth, but to be honest, after the whole health care tussel since the congressional recess, I felt a sense of relief when you began reporting solid details on Sen. Baucus's HCR plan. So I do feel that issues and questions important for the well being of this country do get set aside at pts. Actually dealing with those questions is more satisfying.

    I do think though that the media does in the end manage to sort through the issues and questions and the resentments and prejudices and the spin coming from all sides too and expose the different pts of view candidly. There is bias, but tends to come out as a story is reported in detail. It can be a bumpy and complicated process, and I'm critical of it often, but I feel it's working.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  542. Diane

    America once believed that medias job was to ask questions, believed that was the definition of journalism. Media has lost the privilege of trust, and worse they gave up willingly.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  543. M. Hayward

    No. News has become a platform for personalities to impose their views on the public with no incentive to provide the facts or a balanced view of the issues. The situation is definitely aggravated by the proliferation of programming, the need to fill airtime, and capitalizing on the issue du jour. So-called news people / journalists are quickly competing with attorneys, politicians, and used car salespeople for having a shady reputation.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  544. Tk

    Sad I have to go elsewher to get all the news – I come here to see what is not being reported.
    When the media hides behind an administration such as this it can only be a bad thing. CNN needs to get some nuggets and start reporting – stop playing the GE/MSNBC bullchit and report – even if it is not in your best interest- it is for ours who actually would like to watch or read your colums!
    Until the Dems shake the far left and the Repubs expose those cheating thugs will we ever see normalcy again. It is only apperant that most everything from this far left administration gets swept under the rug by CNN-MSNBC-ABC unlike any other administration I have seen.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  545. joem

    No Absolutely Not

    My example is the on going coverage of our President Barack Obama, this guy is getting a pass on every thing he say,no one is doing DUE diligence in checking his reference,and
    the people he appoints as czar's.
    The Media constantly defend him. When will the Media call him out on the type of czar's that reports to him,how about the Acorn connection,will you the Media demand that he release his college transcript, medical records. You demanded that from Former President George Bush,don't believe me, check your records.

    You the Media bashed the living day lights out of George Bush,Bush couldn't do any thing right, on the other hand Obama gets a hall pass no matter what he say or do. Go figure.

    All I ask for is News,unbiased NEWS period.

    Joe M.
    Dallas Tx

    September 16, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  546. Luis Clark

    A few comments regarding "Trusting the Media and Journalistic Bias":

    Heidi, this morning you physically reacted shocked that viewers don't trust the media no matter how much you believe "CNN, the most trusted name in broadcasting...."

    Generally speaking many of these programs have become talk shows.

    The whole discussion as to whether there was a situation on the Potomac with the Coast Guard. Look at the time spent going between commentators as to whether or not it was a practice, and how irresponsible to have a practice session on the anniversary of 9/11 AND not telling the press about it!

    Soledad O'Brien the entire time during that Barack Obama was the Democratic candidate, the question I kept hearing was whether she was trying for a Press job in the NEW White House!

    Take something as mundane as the weather.....
    how much time proportional the the entire weather segment is spent on the West Coast. Unless of course we have fires or an earthquake.

    If we need to find out what storms are brewing in the Pacific we need to turn on a local station, and most of the time the broadcaster will stand on the right side of the map so the viewers can see whats coming in, as opposed to CNN which stand on the left side so viewers can see where the storm is headed to.

    And then why is it that many times, European journalist tell entirely different versions of "The News"? The "facts" tend to get told differently.

    These are not examples of TRUST, but of journalistic direction and bias.

    Trust, well what journalist doesn't believe they are not trustworthy?

    You are telling the story as it should be...according to the journalist.

    September 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  547. David R. Wingard

    I feel the reson why the decline in believing in the media is happening is due to two reasons. The Frist one falls in place with the second one (in other words they go hand and hand) It deals with politics and homeland security. You see ever since the terrible day of Septmber 11, 2001 ( God rest thier souls) the political realm wants a tighter grip on the media and of couse with that comes the homeland security which hides alot even to the media but also puts it in a way that makes it sound like the media doesn't know thier job or makes it sound like the media gos around in circles therefore they hide a lot of truths from the media and to the public. Granted the decline may have started befor 9-11 but I think it was far less before that terrrible day in history.

    September 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  548. Ruth H

    There's a news media in a America? Now that's news to me. Everyone of you, cnn, cbs, nbc, abc, fox, lost all credibility when you plastered our tv's with retired generals you passed off as "war experts" to tell us all why we needed to invade Iraq, never once letting your viewers in on the fact that they'd been prepped and sent by the pentagon to sell the war to the American populace. Or that some of those generals sat on the boards of corporations that stood to make huge profits from war...any war. You are NOT a news media, You are paid propagandists. And the total lack of shame from any of you is...well pathetic.

    September 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  549. Lori Goldsmith

    I do not trust the mainstream media at all. This includes CNN. This weekend as I flipped through the news channels, I was shocked to see how journalists covered Acorn and the protesters in Washington. Most , if not all, were biased in their reporting, downplayed Acorn and made the protesters look like right wing nut jobs.

    If you want your news straight, fair and balanced, watch Fox News! This is the last blog I'll write on CNN. I have become a loyal viewer of Fox, where Journalistic integrity is not extinct but very much alive! I would suggest watching the Glen Beck show.

    Lori Goldsmith

    September 16, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  550. JB KS

    The bias in the press is so flagrant and ridiculous that I think it is beyond repair. CNN has several news readers that tend to want to make news, i.e., Rick Sanchez, Wolf Blitzer who slant or use body language to display disrespect to people who do not share their view.

    MSNBC from 6 to 9 pm is just totally unwatchable.

    FOX has made great progress because people use them to get the other side of the news. It is funny but most people I work with don't talk about news from other sources than FOX.

    Just look at CNN handling of ACORN. Blitzer and company just defended an organization that has been found to be totally corrupt with problems from intimidation to fraud all over the country. Why would you do that. If you would have just said here's both sides and not said this was a conservative investigation that is led by this poor black woman that will make sure it is corrected. This organization has been cited for reprehensible behavior since the early 80's.

    I'd like to see you return to some standing since I thought the work you did during the first Gulf War was very important to my family while I flew missions there. I don't think you will unfortunately, because of your inability not to slant the news.

    September 16, 2009 at 7:02 pm |
  551. Robert Arrington

    As I was watching your piece on Media Accuracy, I was thinking that I consider CNN to be very accurate. Then a few minutes later you ran a story on the killings in Juarez, Mexico and your map put Juarez in South Texas, hundreds of miles from the actual city and nowhere near El Paso, Texas, which lies just South of New Mexico! I found that to be humorously ironic. How hard is it to double check a map before airing such an "inaccuracy"!

    September 16, 2009 at 7:31 pm |
  552. Kay, TX

    no, i don't. you, the media in general, have betrayed our trust too many times. taking comments out of context for the sake of sensationalism; relying on other news sources to do the work for you, then rehashing their lies; not following up or delving deeper into stories; being satisfied with incomplete stories, opting instead to demand a photo op (beer summit )so you can have a nicely wrapped conclusion to present to the public; what's left to trust?

    September 16, 2009 at 7:33 pm |
  553. sunnynsandiego

    1) We don't trust the media b/c we don't believe you anymore! We have the ability to verify facts at our fingertips and realize how much you embellish or ignore them.
    2) Rushing to get stories on the air, keeps you from verifying those pesky facts.
    3) You seem more interested in predicting the future rather than reporting the "news".
    4) You beat fluff stories to death! Britney Spears, Anna Nicole Smith, Octamom, Michael Jackson. Leave it for Larry King. Investigative journalism, similar to the stories that Anderson Cooper produces, is almost a lost art.

    Examples:

    I agree with most people. Why weren't you screaming from the mountain tops, "Pres. Bush, Bin Laden attacked us, why are you going after Saddam Hussein?" Judging by book sales, it appears there was no shortage of people willing to elaborate on the story. Yet let a man yell "you lie" in a Joint Session of Congress and you play it 3 times on each & every broadcast. (I think Joe Wilson's behavior was deplorable, but the President is correct, there are far greater issues here.)

    My biggest current complaint, "This is the greatest recession since the Great Depression." Read a book or check out Wikipedia! Our recent recession is more liken to the S&L crisis of the early 80s, which lasted until about 1982 and unemployment did reach double digits at approximately 10.8%. I guess 25 years ago wasn't long enough, the story needed to be more sensational. For your information this is NOTHING like the Great Depression. That started in 1929 and ended in the late 30s early 40s. Unemployment reached 25%, people were living in tents & standing on bread lines. How you can compare the 2 is beyond my comprehension, yet you regurgitate this statement constantly.

    The biggest story of the recession was how all the mortgage companies acted irresponsibly while buying & selling sub-prime mortgages. They were simply making too much money to care about the repercussions. It was pure greed, nothing else! To my knowledge, Chris Hansen was the only person who provided an in-depth story on this fact. Then, the icing on the cake, we turn over our hard earned tax money to the very people who created the crisis. Now, we want new regulations. Where were the regulations when we were bailing them out? Like we're going to impose anything on them NOW! Why wasn't CNN reporting this story 5 times daily.

    You also beat us to death with "Drill Baby, Drill!" Why haven't you ever reported the following. It is a partial response I received from Sen. Feinstein's office. If I was able to obtain it, I would imagine, you could too.
    The oil industry has access to significant oil and gas resources on federal lands and waters that they have yet to use. According to the Department of the Interior:
    While the number of drilling permits issued to the oil industry increased by 361 percent between 1999 and 2007, gas prices increased from $1.25 per gallon to over $4.00 per gallon during the same period;

    The majority of crude oil and natural gas believed to be available on the OCS – 79 percent of oil and 82 percent of natural gas – are already available for drilling through existing leases; and

    Nearly 64 million acres of federal land and water leased to the oil and gas industry are not being used to increase domestic production.

    Heidi, when I say you, I mean the media in general. I used to keep CNN on all the time, no matter what I was doing. I just can't listen to that much cable news anymore. If I thought you'd read any further, I could easily continue to write. These are some of the reasons I don't trust the media.

    September 16, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  554. Alison

    No I do not. The news media which is supposed to be biased is definately not. Through each channel one can determine which station is democratic and which is republican. It is evident that the media has the ability to sway public opinion and does so expertly. Frankly, I personally think that the media has too much of an opinion. Why not leave the judgement to the public based on facts that are reported not by people with emotional and political biases which seems to dog the airwaves now

    September 16, 2009 at 8:46 pm |
  555. Vivienne Avare

    None can compare to the fair and balanced Fox TY for a very good reason. We can trust what they say, also the conservative radio shows.! Journalism is dead when it comes to politics. The media not only carrys the Presidents water, they have his back! Lets face it, the ill prepared Rookie needs all the help the one-sided liberal press can give him! Where did all the common sense and objectivity go?!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  556. Lauren

    I used to trust the media, but lately I am having some concerns about how the news is reported. Specifically, I do not think they fairly covered the healthcare townhalls this summer. They only showed white people who were screaming and yelling. But they did not show all the townhalls that were civil and orderly, and primarilly attended by people of color, where people were waiting their turn to ask a question and they were not being disrespectful and shouting people down.

    There are plenty of channels and programs we can watch if we want drama. When most people watch the news they are looking for the truth and they want to see what both sides are saying. But for some reason the media thinks we only want to see screaming shouting people who are acting like two-year olds.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  557. painfulreality

    The mainstream media is owned by human beings with their own agendas. There are alternative media sources without agendas – for the time being. As long as things remain this way, I will continue to rely on alternative media for news that I trust. Otherwise, why bother? Instead of reporting the news, mainstream media seems to make the news.

    There are still many people who trust you guys.. If you would have asked this question twenty years ago, I bet the poll would be even more in your favor. People are awakening and beginning to realize that the news is whatever the owners of the media networks want it to be. Try taking this poll in another 20 years and see how many people are left trusting you then.

    If I were you, I'd start reporting the news and stop putting angles on it before you lose your entire audience to independent news media.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  558. skyler kay

    When Bush got the support he needed to occupy Iraq he was enabled by the media who ignored the chance to expose his lies including WMDs, Hans Blinxx asking for more time to inspect, and the Al Qaida connection. CNN was the media leader so I held them the most responsible and I have not trusted CNN since. Even now CNN should apologize. As the media leader CNN could have avoided the war just by doing their job reporting the truth. Their failure resulted in changing the world. Imagine the billions of dollars and how we could have used that money – we could paid the college education for entire nations youth, or installed and paid for universal health care. 4000 plus American soldiers dead and over one million innocent Iraqis slaughtered – blood on CNN's hands.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:36 am |
  559. Al

    Here will be another example the Yale murder case. The media will beat this to death ( Nancy Grace ect ) It will be luckey if they don't screw up the trial and give this scum a way out. Forget left and right look what you do in the real world.

    September 17, 2009 at 8:53 am |
  560. Jan O

    I watch both CNN and FOX news because I am a centrist. The covering of what I consider a serious story was the covering of the recent ACORN tapes revealed on the Glen Beck Show. CNN gave a gloss over with focus on denial response by ACORN rather than footage from the evidentiary tapes themselves.
    Do I trust the Media.....no.

    September 17, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  561. Doots

    I monitor the major news stations to see what each is reporting. There is a clear indication of how some lean toward liberal or conservative. CNN seems to pick/chose facts to color the perception of the viewer, that's alarming! FoxNews is clearly conservative, but you will find facts there you won't on CNN. NBC leans liberal as well.

    Journalism is at risk, it has been compromised!
    It no longer seeks Truth/facts for the purpose of informing, but now seeks to influence & shape popular opinion, perhaps to further an agenda. How events are portrayed is paramount to the impression left on the viewer. It colors that perception and that affects the outcome of political issues. Reporting is suppose to be non-partisan. That's gone now.

    The damage and subsequent effects of biased reporting could have huge impacts, i.e., dividing the nation & shaping its policy. The consequences of which could ultimately diminish the nation's sovereignty and put her at risk. A nation divided against itself cannot stand. Let's not throw out the baby with the bath water.

    September 17, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  562. Satinder Mullick

    9/17/2009-CNBC–has a few videos: Experts Sound Off on Health Care Reform.
    This is much better.CNN –Why can't you do something like that.
    SIMPLIFY–Toby Cosegrove,President/CEO Of cleveland Clinic explains their Incentives for Better Health and better outcomes.
    Even Grassley's video is easy to understand.
    CNN –has lot of coverage–but most of it adds to CONFUSION.
    If CNN really wants to help: They can have a 2 or 3 hours program on Health Care with Toby Cosegrove,Steve Burd,Andrew Weil,MD,Tarun Mullick,MD,Warren Buffet ,Grassley ,Mike Porter and others.
    Your inside experts are not doing a good job–because they have become political.

    September 17, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  563. rene

    As with some of the other folks on this CNN blog, I also watch both Fox & CNN each night to try to get a true balanced view of things. Over the past 2 weeks, I was shocked to see that on most CNN programming & especially Anderson Cooper 360 there was not a single mention of the Acorn scandal in the last 3 nights. And not a single mention regarding Van Jones while that episode was playing out during the week before – nothing! One more concern I have with CNN is that the AC360 blog moderator refused several times to post my simple blog questions regarding both Van Jones and Acorn on the evening's blogs. CNN is not as bad as the "Lamestream" Network news organizations, but it falls way short of true unbiased and timely journalism that we Americans can count on.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  564. Ellen Fauerbach

    I think the news media is trying to create buzz as its first agenda and news comes second. A case in point is your (Heidi) questions regarding Obama's decision to end the missile shield program in Hungary and Czechloslovakia. The questions were asked in a way that was designed to create fear when it was obvious years ago that this was a system that could not meet its objective and, therefore, wasteful and a boondoggle for the industries producing it.

    September 17, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  565. MR.AL

    Question do I trust the Media?

    I don't trust all the media,FOX Idon't trust, CNN YES I THINK I CAN THE MOST!! I trust you people the most. Rush Limbaugh he is a one sided to the republican issues, he has always spoke badly about the democrats. His views were always onesided to the Wealthy.

    September 17, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  566. John Panzone

    Heidi,
    I was surprized to see the 29% rateing. I would rate it lower. All the cable channels have commentators,not reporters. Most are readers not any thing more. We lost that when we lost Mr. Cronkite. In fareness to you most cable news stations are constant in the way they
    throw out their msg. Now FOX news is different. It's more like comedy central with Glen Beck and the rest of the kooky gang on the show. One more point. I know advertisement pays the bills. But I remember when cable first out it's selling point was "NO ADVERTISEMENT". Now, not only do I have a High Cable bill, but I have to pay to be bombarded by advertisement I do not want to watch.

    So the question is, Have I learned any thing after watching the cable show. ANSWER IS NO.......

    September 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  567. Mrs. Eileen Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    My experience with the News Media in Puerto Rico is rather negative. In Puerto Rico the News Media pushes the agenda of the government first and leaves behind anything that has to do with the Community of Persons with Disabilities. I did not had a chance to participate on the Pew Research Center but the data shown that only 29% of Americans feel the media “generally gets the facts straight” seems to be right. I wonder what the Media Organizations will do to remedy this situation. It does not help when the local government takes control of the media. I also agree with the finding that 60% of Americans think news organizations are politically biased. As I have seen it in Puerto Rico and the United States. What it is going to be done to remedy this situation now that we are control maybe economically by China. I think is terrible and now I have to ask the media their hidden agenda before I can really open up and trust them. I cannot believe that any News Media Outlet in the United States will defend the lack of action on an agency or a government to enforce the ADA Law.

    September 17, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  568. Sam Bagley

    I feel news should be just that, no bias. If the newsman has an opinion I feel it is OK to express it as long as he says it is his opinion. I think most news is political motivated. News should be given no matter what the news person likes what he/she has to say. He/she was hired, so I thought, to report the facts of an event. Not to white wash it or leave things out. When someone is campaigning for office he is given more coverage if he/she is of the politacal party of the news network. Notice how independants get almost no coverage at all. Some you don't even know they are in the race until election day and see their name on the ballot.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  569. B.Greenfish66

    Media cozy up to their monetary interests/contributers.. like all influential outlets..Gotta pay the Bills somehow…Best to do your own research ,get all the angles before making any conclusion.The internet is bringing to light the inner workings of media/ publicity and directed influence to the surface for all to see..Keep an open mind /find your position ..The truest , truth will form .The future is bright …If you can see..

    Gotta research many different sources ,find a consensus…Easier with internet …

    Cnn is always one of my top choices for good info …They have a great news /media team ..Like my family ..They don’t listen or talk to me either lol..

    September 17, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  570. Ben Jackson

    I trust the media....to a point. I think that because the media is on a 24-7 cycle there is a rush to put some event on the air before properly vetting it, and that causes many problems. You can spin your "duty" and "responsibility" all you want, but isn't the real story important also? The recent flap about coast guard exercises going on while the Pres. was in the area is a perfect example. I believe that having the facts correct is vastly more important than having the "story" on the air first. Having to explain that you did not have all the facts just shows how unprofessional you really are.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  571. pc

    no no no no no no main reason fox news

    September 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  572. momgonenutz

    Absolutely NOT! The reporters no longer just report the facts, their personal feelings are interjected into articles and interviews....At some point in time, the American public needs to stop just going along w/the media's interpretation of the "news", and boycott that type of media while attempting to find actual unbiased media reporting (no more, no less).

    (For starters, the newscasters could learn how to pronounce the names of the "victims", "suspects", "defendants", etc. properly. As an example, The murdered Yale student's last name is NOT pronounced: "LAY"....It is pronounced, "LEE"....get at least that much right! Check out the CA news....which is where she is from)

    September 18, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  573. Julio

    I believe that ABC,CBS and NBC are fluff.
    I could get better and honest reporting from a high school freshman.

    September 18, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  574. Angela Savage Austin

    Corruption is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The love of money or ratings is the root of all evil. However I put my trust in the various anchors, staff member at CNN.

    September 18, 2009 at 8:00 pm |
  575. john

    No I don`t trust the media. Where are they in reporting the safety of all americans. We have just appeased our enemies once again. The letter sent to the president by both democrat and repulican CIA directors isn`t a main subject. For all of you who fly or go to any event with a large amount of people think of this. We release terrorist and prosecute the people who protect us. We give up our secrets so our friends across the world won`t tell us about intelligence. We make friends with dictators and shun our allies. I can go on but just think of this when you are flying to your next destination. I sure hope he is just an extremist but WHAT IF.

    September 19, 2009 at 5:41 am |
  576. Jeffrey M.

    Of course the news agencies are politically biased. Their owners have political views and hire those with the same and make sure the news is focused on the same views that they have. Let's face it most are liberal, some may be conservative. I say give us the news, good or bad as it happens without a bunch of baloney. Don't make a mountain out of a molehill and don't give us part of the story, give us all the facts so we can decide for ourselves what is happening and what is truth.

    September 20, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  577. stan williams

    why hasn't CNN mentioned the Supreme Court hearing aurguments regarding the president's past. His undergrad history has been verified

    I have no problem with the President ...unless he has been less than honest about his gray past

    September 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  578. carolyn

    No.

    There are tragedies like Orissa that go untold. What about the earthquake in the California/Baja region? There was nothing about it–no seismologists interviewed–nothing.

    The crawls are stupid little bits of vague information that are, for the most part, out of context with no details.

    Reports covering a major event can vary widely.

    It's not so much about the so-called "liberal press" or any other labels but accuracy in reporting that we need.

    All I want is accurate, up-to-the-minute news reporting not taped pieces that run continuously throughout the day or fluff like the NBC Today Show..

    September 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  579. andrea

    nope nope nope that al i want to say !!!

    September 24, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  580. Robert Casados

    He plead guilty then fled. He should be punished for both. He is a child molester.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  581. LeRoy Norstrom

    Iam from McPherson ks and on one of tv station ,they were talking about the cash for clunkers at rusty eck ford. the reporter ask a rep, from the ford motor company,and he said that it was a success,and that ford motor company was planning on building a new auto plant in China,that makes buying america a new meaning for a better word this sucks.

    September 29, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  582. Fred

    To raise my trust in TV reporting, the people on screen should speak correctly and pronounce names correctly. It would demonstrate some effort being taken in preparing the script. This morning, Rob, the weatherman, reported on the storm in Viet Nam. He pronounced the city, Hue, as "hyou." It is pronounced, "hway." Neither Rob nor the workers off stage could check on the pronunciation?

    Let's try harder.

    September 29, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  583. leilani marchand

    Yes!! You have been for all people, a voice for all injustices. Our FREEDOM came from having a FREE PRESS. leilani

    October 2, 2009 at 10:22 am |
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