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Sally Field

They hate us, but who cares?

In her 1985 speech after receiving the Best Actress Oscar for her role in "Places in the Heart," actress Sally Field famously gushed, "You like me; you really, really like me."

The latest in a long history of surveys examining the public's level of trust in the news media might paraphrase Ms. Field's line this way: "You hate us; you really, really hate us, but we don't care."

The 2015 State of the First Amendment Survey, a project of the Newseum Institute's First Amendment Center, has "discovered" what most of us could have told them....