On average, the digital news business is more trustworthy than print, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.
The news business has been under pressure since revelations that President Donald Trump shared highly classified information about ISIS with Russian diplomats, prompting the resignation of former FBI Director James Comey.
Digital news business’s digital trust index fell from 21st to 17th in the survey.
However, the decline in digital trust comes as news organizations are reporting less and less about the true extent of Trump’s ties to Russia.
In March, The Associated Press reported that Trump had shared classified information with Russian officials while at the height of the conflict in Ukraine.
And last week, The Washington Post reported that the FBI had uncovered evidence that Trump sought to obtain a FISA warrant on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in 2017.
The study was conducted in the spring, as the Trump administration and congressional Republicans debated and eventually passed legislation to repeal Obama-era protections for journalists and the press.
“The digital news industry is increasingly viewed as an adversarial news industry, but there are also digital news consumers that want to know more about their political leaders and how they handle power,” said Nate Cardozo, Pew’s director of the Internet & Society Project.
“A lot of that comes from the fact that they’re not necessarily getting the same level of coverage as newspapers, but they do have an interest in knowing what’s going on.”