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Special Report

Do You Trust the Media?

Some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

If you have serious doubts about the news media, you have plenty of company. A new poll finds a record-high level of distrust. Gallup says 57 percent of participants do not trust the media to accurately and fairly report the news.

The percentage has been steadily climbing since the mid-1990s, when distrust hung at about 45 percent. Forty-eight percent of those polled say the media slants too liberal, while only 15 percent find it too conservative.

Thirty-three percent believe it's just about right.

Truth or Dare

On September 10th, anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan spoke to a crowd in Manhattan about the September 11th attacks.

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CINDEY SHEEHAN, ANTI-WAR ACTIVIST: I am a 9/11 Truther. I do think it was an inside job.

We just don't know -- I don't know -- how far inside it went. But, you know, I'm sure Dick Cheney had something to do with it.

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Sheehan also claimed that President Obama is doing everything he can to "protect the criminals of the Bush regime."

Not Meeting Expectations

And finally, the Associated Press is chastising House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not living up to a promise she made four years ago.

Under the headline "Promises, Promises -- Pelosi Ethics Pledge Falters," A.P. quotes Pelosi as pledging she would lead the "most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history."

Amid a host of shortcomings, the A.P. cites the upcoming ethics trials for two prominent Democrats -- Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters; Majority Whip James Clyburn's charity golf tournament, which provides scholarships for students in his district with funds from big business, and word that Eddie Bernice Johnson and Sanford Bishop awarded Congressional Black Caucus scholarships to relatives.