A 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair survey reveals that a majority of people in the U.S. find CNN and Fox News to be "more trustworthy" than many major newspapers.
Although the poll's 1,026 respondents were given a very limited number of choices, broadcast networks like CNN and Fox News received the title of "most trustworthy" news sources, followed by major newspapers like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. However, the poll did not include any major blogs or other newspapers as choices and did not explain the reason why respondents found broadcast news sites more reliable.
Indeed, it seems like a large amount of people do seem to prefer broadcast networks over newspapers. Facebook, to the surprise of many, sends more readers to news sites than Google News, and users on this large social network refer their friends to broadcast sites much more often than newspaper sites. While Google News sends users to the NYT and the WSJ, Facebook sends its users to the Weather Channel and CNN.
As discouraging as these survey results might be, several other findings suggest that the future of news media will be much brighter than it seems. Generally, the trend seems to be towards an increase in media consumption on a wide variety of media, like newspapers and televisions. In the UK, a McKinsey survey found that although most people spent more time watching their televisions than reading their newspapers, all age groups had an increased use of newspapers from 2006.
Sources: Yahoo! News