Tag Archives: the people

Pew Center: Press accuracy drops to two-decade low, says survey

Public belief in the accuracy of news stories has fallen two its lowest level in more than 20 years, a new survey from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press suggests.

Of those Americans surveyed (around 1,506 in July this year), 29 per cent said news organisations ‘generally get the facts straight’; 63 per cent said news stories are often inaccurate.

The independence of news organisations and their ability to concede mistakes were also rated at an all-time low, according to the study, which also looks at local news coverage and the public’s reaction to the closure of news outlets.

Full survey summary at this link…

MediaGuardian: PCC no longer investigating Alfie Patten payments

MediaGuardian reports:

“The Sun, the People and the Sunday Mail have escaped censure over any payments to the families of Chantelle Stedman and Alfie Patten, the teenager they falsely reported became a dad aged 13, after legal restrictions made it impossible for the press watchdog to complete its investigation.”

Full story at this link…

In May, the Media Standards Trust’s Martin Moore wrote this post, raising some unanswered questions about the case.