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But those 21% “have confidence” that TV news is full of crap.

July 11, 2012

Gallup:

Americans’ Confidence in Television News Drops to New Low

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ confidence in television news is at a new low by one percentage point, with 21% of adults expressing a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in it. This marks a decline from 27% last year and from 46% when Gallup started tracking confidence in television news in 1993.

The question is, what do those 21% of Americans have confidence in TV news to do? For example, I have total confidence that the Brewers’ bullpen will blow a nice lead at least once next week. I have confidence in the Brewers’ bullpen.

That’s not quite the same as trusting the bullpen to hold a lead, or to win a game. It’s not the same as approving of their performance.

For the record, if by “have confidence in,” Gallup means “screw up, ignore important stories, waste time with fluff and faddishness, and get things wrong in a rush to be first,” then you can put me in with that 21%.

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