Deadline has the results of a new Gallup poll. The poll gauged the confidence of Americans in 16 institutions:
Just 21% of adults say that have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in TV news, down from 27% last year — and the lowest percentage since Gallup started taking the poll in 1993...TV News ranked No. 11 [in the poll], right behind newspapers (25%). The bottom two were Congress (13%) and Health Maintenance Organizations (19%) while big business, banks, and organized labor were in a dead heat with TV news.
That's a weird list right there, with labor and big business running side-by-side. If I were to take this poll, TV news would be dead last, every single time. Very little good, and a whole lot of bad, comes from TV news.