LazyWeb: Why Did Trust In Press Collapse in the mid-80s/early-90s?

by VanessaVaile

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I have a question I’d love others to answer for me.

So I was looking at longer term declines in trust in the press. And what I expected to see was a long steady fall-off from the peak trust of Watergate and if you look at some charts you see that.

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But when you look closer on those charts they really elide the 1980s,

If you get granular, and look at the 1980s, the charts look like this:

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That’s a dramatic drop, which coincides with Clinton’s election, and maybe with the rise of AM radio news hosts? But man — that’s really steep.

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Again, you can peg the launch of Fox in here at the end (mid that elision at the end of the graph), but here there is even a significant uptick through 1985-88 (Iran-Contra?)

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Here’s a different story. And again, I think about Iran-Contra for that late 1980s…

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