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A false accusation adds to the growing mistrust of the media


Mistrust of the media

If you want to get a sense about how much the public mistrusts the media, you only have to look as far as this video captured at the end on Rex Tillersons public hearing.

Twitter trolls accused Doris Truong, a homepage editor for The Washington Post, of snapping photos of Rex Tillerson's confirmation hearing notes on Wednesday.

It turned out they had the wrong woman, but it was already too late.

This is the video that made its rounds online.

Twitter users were quick to call out the WashPo editor...

.... and journalists altogether.

The following day, Truong tweeted out her response to the mix-up, writing it "wasn't me."

Here is an excerpt from Doris Truong's article responding to the accusations:

"The woman at the hearing wasn’t me. I wasn’t there, and I don’t know who she is. What we have in common is that we’re both women, and we’re both Asian. However, that should not be enough grounds for people to jump to dangerous conclusions."

You can read the editor's full response here.

The actual reporter seen taking photos has yet to be identified.

What does this say about the public's view of media?

This fiasco comes only days after news of a now-discredited dossier about Trump.

CNN was the first to report on the dossier, BuzzFeed publishing the memo soon after.

In response, Trump tweeted this on Thursday: "@CNN is in a total meltdown with their FAKE NEWS because their ratings are tanking since election and their credibility will soon be gone!"

Americans are losing trust in the media

In 2016, Gallup reported that Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media "to report the news fully, accurately and fairly" had dropped to an all-time low.

Here are some highlights from the report:
-32% said they have "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust
-14% of Republicans express trust, down from 32% the year before
-Confidence dropped among younger and older Americans

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