Lying Press? Germans Lose Faith in the Fourth Estate

Germans are losing faith in their media. Nowhere is this more apparent than in mistrust of refugee crisis media coverage. Where did journalists go wrong? And how much of this skepticism reflects a preference for rumors over facts? By SPIEGEL Staff
"Mendacious swine journals" reads this sign held by a German protester at a recent PEGIDA demonstration in Dresden, listing various German media outlets.

"Mendacious swine journals" reads this sign held by a German protester at a recent PEGIDA demonstration in Dresden, listing various German media outlets.

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Graphic: Use of the term "lying press" throughout history.

Graphic: Use of the term "lying press" throughout history.

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Siegfried Vollmert: "There must be a reason why the media are losing circulation. The average Joe has a keen sense for when he's being taken for a ride."

Siegfried Vollmert: "There must be a reason why the media are losing circulation. The average Joe has a keen sense for when he's being taken for a ride."

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Television journalist Dunja Hayali receiving an award in early January: "Does anyone really believe that anything is achieved with all this hate?"

Television journalist Dunja Hayali receiving an award in early January: "Does anyone really believe that anything is achieved with all this hate?"

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan