WASHINGTON — A bare majority of Americans in a poll says the news media usually "get the facts right" and substantial numbers say journalists are arrogant and cynical.
Majorities also expressed support for curbing journalists. They said news people should be licensed like doctors or lawyers and should be subjected to fines when their reporting is inaccurate or biased.
The poll of 3,004 adults, made public earlier this month, was conducted by Louis Harris & Associates between Nov. 8 and Nov. 30. It was commissioned by the Center for Media and Public Affairs, a nonprofit research organization. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Most people questioned said journalists had the same traits as the rest of the country, but some parted company from that view: 42% said news people are more arrogant, 31% said they are more cynical, 33% said they are less compassionate and 34% said they are more biased. Twenty percent said they were less honest than most people.