Trust in the media

Has trust in the British media “collapsed”?

On 25th April, a Number 10 spokesperson claimed:

Public confidence in the media has collapsed during this emergency partly because of ludicrous stories such as this.

This article examines that claim about public confidence, or trust.

Trust is a complicated topic. There is no present evidence of a ‘collapse’ in trust in the British media. Trust differs depending on what kind of journalists researchers ask about.