Americans tend to trust the news sources they rely on but distrust “the news media” as an abstract concept. For example, just over half of those surveyed viewed the news sources they consult as moral, but only 24 percent said that about the media in general.

Source: “‘My’ media versus ‘the’ media: Trust in news depends on which news media you mean,” American Press Institute, May 24, 2017, p. 2,

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Statement The news media is: The news media you use most often is:
Very accurate 17% 34%
Moral 24% 53%
Willing to admit mistakes 27% 47%
Protect democracy 34% 48%
Care about people they report on 22% 41%

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