Why voters distrust the media party

One thing journalists never like to be reminded of — especially during a federal election campaign — is that the public doesn’t trust us.

In fact, they trust us only slightly more than the politicians we cover.

An Ipsos Reid poll last September found the Canadian media is only considered “extremely trustworthy” by 18% of the public, in the same league as lawyers (16%), auto mechanics (16%) and airport baggage handlers (12%).

h/t Marvin

  • Alain

    I beg to differ. I think that 18% is too high.

    • I sure didn’t like that blogger rating!

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Bloggers finally beat out “gangs of East Asain organ thieves”, so you got that!

      • Waffle

        The poll was taken a year ago. A lot can change in a year.

    • Canadian

      They are those who only read sports news.

  • eMan14

    When they try to create news, ignore news, misrepresent the facts, and promote a biased viewpoint… what did they expect?
    Seems like reporting the news isn’t good enough for them.

    • Yup their agenda is plain as day.

    • Chris

      They’ve been taught by their Marxist professors that they have an obligation to teach the unwashed masses and show them the proper path.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I have never been cheated by a lawer or have had my luggage stolen, but there are too many instances to count of “jounalists” that have willingly lied to me in order to further a personal nariative or some other “greater” cause.

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    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I grew up with a guy who became a lawyer.
      He ended up killing himself after embezzling peoples personal estates.
      They figured from the way they found him that he got really drunk, filled the floorboards of his car with gasoline and lit a cigarette that would start the fire after he’d passed out.

  • MSM journalists are liars, manipulators, selectively blind, filled with sick imaginations, biased, dishonest, destructive of society, supportive of evil, opponents of good, etc. etc. Journalism is the most sick and evil profession in the world today, after terrorism. Most politicians are not far behind, the Evil Muslim Obama and his minions in the lead.
    The 18% of the public who allegedly trust journalists are deluded.

    • Exile1981

      Or it’s the same 18% who always vote ultra left in every election.

    • pike bishop

      The 16% that trust auto mechanics must be closely related to auto mechanics.

  • Liberal Progressive

    But the CBC has made it very clear we need to vote against Stephen Harper because of his cuts to the CBC and his support of Israel.

    It’s the government broadcaster so it must be right.

  • Gary

    I keep asking these leftist pro-CBC yahoos to look at the Coverage by the MSM for non-liberals or those enemies of the left that fear losing their welfare of Grants from three levels of Gov.

    Svend Robinson , jack Layton , George Smithermen , Bob Rae and Michael Bryant are the perfect examples for them to research the News reports about them for crimes, failed policies , cheap stunts , addictions or verbal abuse .
    Then compare them to the same short coming for Rob Ford or any Politicians the CBC dislikes.

    • Liberal Progressive

      Don’t be so biased yourself.

      Are you trying to tell me you have never swiped a $50,000 ring to impress your other half, or gone to a health spa in the evening to get a massage for some relief?

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I’ll take No for a $100, Alex.

  • Waffle

    Unfortunately, too many institutions are riding on their good reputations of the past. CBC at one time was actually an “honest broker” and played an important role in uniting this far-flung country. Things have changed since those days and the arguments for continued public funding no longer wash. Ditto for the Toronto Star.

    Many of us, especially in small-town Canada, grew up with both CBC and the weekend edition of the Star (mainly because of the comic section). Both platforms were our window on the world. Although The Star was not publicly funded, it did have some semblance of balance.

    I think things started to change when we brought in things like affirmative action and we dropped provincial standards in education. So today, the pigeons are coming home to roost, as they say.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      CBC hasn’t been an honest broker for fifty years.

      • Clausewitz

        That would be about the time they became inherently Toronto centric.

  • David Murrell

    The election coverage is getting quite ripe, if you know what I mean. CBC News, on its web page, is continually showing am unflattering picture of Stephen Harper, with a crestfallen look on his face, a picture connoting that he is a prime minister in defeat. And the CTV national news show — with the notorious Lisa LaFlamme hosting — showed slow-motion video of PMO staffer Ray Novak — using a distance telephoto lens, depicting the fellow as if he is a wanted criminal.

    The corporate media cartel are becoming increasingly vicious. It is for this reason that Harper has no chance in hell. The cartel want him out, and that is that.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Lisa LaFlamme defines vacuous.