The last group of people to be surprised about to distrust among its industry is the media. The media has become so biased that it is hard to take anything it says seriously. Look no further than this current presidential election cycle for its clear bias against Donald Trump and in favor of Hillary Clinton.
The media should be more transparent, but this does not automatically lead to good behavior or trust. Regardless of how transparent the majority may be, there will always be those trying to slat the truth. On the flip side, just because Americans' don't trust the media, it does not mean that the media is not being transparent. It just means that citizens do not AGREE with the media and hence would rather claim they are being untruthful.
Yes, American media needs to be more transparent in reporting the news. Entire networks are dedicated to reporting only one side of any issue. It's not just television. The same can be said about print media as well. Only one side of an issue or a story is reported, giving an unrealistic slant. According to a recent Gallop poll, Republicans trust in the media is the lowest it has been in over two decades. Democrats are not quite as disillusioned, but still only linger around 51 percent trusting the media. Reporting should be even-handed, giving all the facts of both sides of the issue or story. With the growth of social media we have enough outlets to receive opinion pieces. Reports from our journalists and news outlets need to be unbiased and balanced. Regardless of your political, social or spiritual beliefs you need all the facts to form an informed decision or opinion on any given matter.
Older Americans are more likely than younger Americans to say they trust the media, but trust has declined among both age groups this year. With the explosion of the mass media in recent years, especially the prevalence of blogs, vlogs and social media, perhaps Americans decry lower standards for journalism.