In her 1985 speech after receiving the Best Actress Oscar for her role in "Places in the Heart," actress
The latest in a long history of surveys examining the public's level of trust in the news media might paraphrase Field's line this way: "You hate us; you really, really hate us, but we don't care."
The 2015 State of the
The survey also revealed that Democrats (36 percent) are more likely to think that the news media try to be unbiased than do either Republicans (19 percent) or independents (21 percent).
Though the survey doesn't distinguish between media some regard as conservative and others as liberal, I would venture to guess that Democrats mostly believe the media they consume (broadcast networks,
The downward trajectory of the public's trust in media is not encouraging for those of us in what used to be considered, at least by those in it, as an honorable profession, the only one mentioned in the Constitution, if you don't count government as a profession.
The survey suggests that controversies about
As with previous surveys that have indicated growing public distrust of journalists, even disgust of the news media, there is no response so far from any of the major news organizations, no statement of what they intend to do about it.
No other business operates this way. If a department store is losing customers because of poor selection and high prices, the store wouldn't tell customers to shop elsewhere if they don't like their products and prices. If it did, it would quickly go out of business. Not so the news media. They lay people off; they reduce the size of their newspapers, but they refuse to acknowledge their biases and do something to win back viewers and readers.
The denial is complete and across the board. When
A healthy journalism is vital to a free society. If the public doesn't trust the news they are getting; if they believe the institution focuses too much on trivialities and distractions instead of consequential things; if they don't believe reporters are being truthful, then not only is the profession's credibility damaged, the country's stability is, too. And that leads to poor leadership, which is one reason we have so many bad leaders in both parties and at all levels.