"Basically, no one trusts the mainstream media to be even remotelyI realize B is asking about perception, not the reality of a right-wing dominated news media. Here are a few quick links:
I have not seen any data to support this assertion. Of course you and I
and everyone we know doesn't trust the mainstream media -- but we're not
the mainstream electorate. I would love to see a real analysis that
supports your conclusion, though.
Report: trust in journalism has hit all-time low 3/17/05, article on report from Project in Excellence In Journalism.
Who Hates the Press? From Watergate to the present, confidence in the media has been spiraling down. Columbia Journalism Review Nov/Dec 2007.
Believe It: The Media's Credibility Headache Gets Worse NYTimes 5/22/05. "Another poll, in 2003 by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, found that 66 percent of Americans see news reports as slanted, compared with 53 percent in 1985. Even more stunning to some analysts, 32 percent judged news organizations to be immoral, up from 13 percent in 1985."
Don't Trust the Media 4/12/08. 'The message from Jeff Cohen's lecture Tuesday at North Central Michigan College was clear — "You can't trust the big corporate media."' Cohen founded FAIR in 1986.
I couldn't immediately find a link to the recent study that showed that confidence in the media was the lowest of any institution asked about, including lawyers.
This is a concern of mine, and the lack of real journalism in the mainstream media is a major problem in this country. I'll probably make this a more formal essay at some time. Read a lot of Glenn Greenwald.