Trust me, I’m a journalist!?

The journalists’ uncertain role in fading public trust “Healthy skepticism is good for democracy,” and “trust is necessary for the well-functioning of the political system.” Such ambiguous arguments are often raised when the media, politicians and scholars express their concern about shrinking trust in public institutions. It is true that countries such as the U.S. face a steadily decline of trust – though we cannot find this trend all around the globe, e.g., not in Germany (Hooghe & Zmerli, 2011). So, why are they concerned about it? Should we all be? And what is the media’s role? Firstly, scholars and politicians are concerned because trust in institutions is understood as fundamental for

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