Trust Me: News, Credibility Deficits, and Balance

In Joe Saunders & CarlFox (eds.), Media Ethics, Free Speech, and the Requirements of Democracy. UK: Routledge (forthcoming)
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When a society is characterized by a climate of distrust, how does this impact the professional practices of news journalism? I focus on the practice of balance, or fair presentation of both sides in a story. I articulate a two-step model of how trust modulates the acceptance of tes-timony and draw out its implications for justifying the practice of balance.
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