- - Tuesday, July 5, 2011

MEDIA

Gallup: Slight uptick in trust of papers, TV

A new poll shows public confidence in newspaper and television news has picked up slightly in recent years but still lags behind levels of trust from two decades ago.

A Gallup poll finds that the biggest improvement in media trust in the past year registered among 30-to-49-year-olds. But those under age 30 delivered a split verdict: Confidence in television news rose 10 percentage points for that age group, while trust in newspapers fell 10 points in the same group.

Overall, Gallup says, barely a fourth of Americans say they have much confidence in newspaper and TV news.

Confidence in newspaper and TV news slid during the 1990s and hit bottom in 2007. Gallup says recent small improvements could mark the beginning of a reversal in the trend.

MICHIGAN

Lawsuit says GM failed to fix nonpolice Impalas

DETROIT | A lawsuit asserts that General Motors Co. fixed a defective part on police versions of the Chevrolet Impala but didn’t correct the same problem in hundreds of thousands of other Impalas.

The class-action lawsuit, filed last week in Detroit, says 2007 and 2008 model-year Impalas have defective spindle rods, which connect the suspension to the rear wheels. The defect misaligns the wheels, which makes the tires wear out faster.

According to the lawsuit, GM told dealers to replace the spindle rods and tires on affected police vehicles. It also authorized dealers to reimburse police who had purchased replacement tires.

But the suit says GM didn’t offer the same remedy to nonpolice owners. The company sold 423,000 Impalas from those model years.

A GM spokesman was not immediately available to comment Tuesday.

NEW YORK

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