May 5th, 2005

Sheila

Journalists: I'm not alone

Today's Minneapolis Star-Tribune is running a story about how journalists are more ethical than nearly all other professions, but that the average person doesn't believe them. An accompanying poll bears this out among their online readers. As I write this, the poll shows 60% replying "no way" to the question "do you trust journalists?", while 13% replied "Yes, absolutely".

The field of journalism has a serious credibility gap, and yet its members are too busy protesting and listening to each other about how important they are to notice. I don't have specific plans for a fix, but a lessening of journalists' Woodstein complex - "We're the only trustworthy watchdogs society has, and we have moral rights that transcend anything else so we can do that job!" - would help immensely.
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