Yep ... I believe the people in the news as much as I
would believe a used car salesman trying to sell me
Al Bundy's Dodge.
The news IS broken, and idiots
like Dan Rather don't help the situation at all. I'm not
sure what the fix is, but I totally agree that the news
(at least the talking heads version) is broken.
The news is broken: Journalists find scandals, image eroding credibility
By Greg Gatlin
Sunday, February 20, 2005
That the public thinks journalists are only slightly more believable than
used-car salesmen may not come as a shock, given scandals that have
damaged media credibility in recent years.
Zelnick and others say the growing ``red state-blue state'' divide has
played a role, as have radio talk shows that reinforce hostility toward
`the liberal media'.''
But perhaps one of the most powerful factors in the media's recent
credibility gap has been the rise of the blogosphere, which has mobilized
itself as a media watchdog. The Jordan, Gannon and Rather scandals were
all exposed in part by bloggers.
And there may yet be hope for the media.
A recently released study by University of Missouri-Columbia professors
reportedly found that journalists are among the nation's most ethical
professionals, trailing only philosophers, medical students and practicing