Journalism Credibility Watch, Chap. MCMXXIV. . .

Journalism takes another hit as a new survey shows plenty of media consumers think anonymous sources are a bad idea.

The new Morning Consult/Politico survey of media attitudes isn’t particularly surprising to anyone watching the media, but it’s still pretty damning:

Half of Americans think it is inappropriate for journalists to cite anonymous sources in their reporting, and many think reporters are simply making up those sources.

But as stories purportedly based on leaks from within President Donald Trump’s administration continue to be published daily, half of Americans also view the coverage by U.S. media organizations as accurate, according to a new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll.

Only about a third of Americans (32 percent) said they think it’s appropriate to use anonymous sources when reporting on government business, while 50 percent do not. Support was considerably higher among self-described government employees: 41 percent said it was appropriate, compared with 37 percent who said it wasn’t.


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