The way Americans perceive the mainstream media has drastically changed over the past two decades, largely due to the influence of the internet. The internet has not only given us countless perspectives on any given issue, it has also given us the ability to catch the media when they lie or make mistakes, which they have a habit of doing every day. They basically parrot everything the government says, even when it kills their ratings. Not only are their viewership and readership numbers sinking year after year, the amount of trust people place in the media is also falling.
A poll conducted by the American Press Institute found that only 6% of Americans place their full trust in the media.