At the outbreak of World War II, Americans had less than full confidence in the news coming from Europe.
A recent report on Americans' trust in the media points to the partisanship that divides us. But there are some key areas of consensus.
The United States' decision to direct Voice of America broadcasts to Russia at the start of the Cold War met with considerable skepticism among Americans who doubted these would be effective, or even reach their target.
Nine in 10 Americans familiar with John F. Kennedy's press conferences in 1962 liked how he handled himself. Only 36% said the press asked good questions.