5/7/15 Media Distrust
I wish there was a more delicate way to put this but the news media stinks.
At least that’s what a new poll says.
And thereâ€™s nothing new about it. Pick any poll and the results are the same.
We get failing grades every time. The media canâ€™t be trusted.
Itâ€™s understandable why the public feels this way.
Look at recent events.
A major news anchor got into trouble for exaggerating his personal exploits.
Another anchor attacked an author for his book detailing questionable fundraising at the Clinton Foundation.
The anchor wondered: How can the public trust you since you were once a presidential speechwriter?
The irony is that the anchor — who was worried about trust — used to work for the very president he was now defending.
[Update: ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos failed to disclose he donated at least $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation.]
[Further update: Stephanpoulos claims he had forgotten a third contribution of $25,000 and now admits he donated at least $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.]
And an entertainment magazine defamed a university when it violated countless journalistic standards and published a fake, gang rape story. A story it later retracted.
[Update: A Time magazine reporter filming President Barack Obama in a public appearance dutifully obeyed when Obama told him to stop.]
Not everyone agrees with what I have to say. But I’ll show you something you won’t see nearly anywhere else.
Right here. This bar says “commentary.” I tell you I’m giving my opinion.
The cable news channels don’t identify commentary. Most blur the line between news and opinion. I think that’s wrong.
As an industry, we’ve got our work cut out for us.
We must do better if we’re to regain your trust.