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Media distrust

December 8, 2013

The media has been scrutinized for decades. In a poll conducted by Gallup this year, 55 percent of Americans have a distrust in the medi....

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RealAmerican

Dec-08-13 1:24 AM

Good letter. No sarcasm writing that. Merry Christmas and happy new year everybody. Hope you all are having a good holiday season

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CaymanJim

Dec-08-13 2:39 AM

Personally, I place all members of the media far below drug dealers and used car salesmen. What is the difference between a media person and a carp? One is a bottom dwelling scum sucker and the other is a fish.

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Capricorn1

Dec-08-13 6:00 AM

Responsible journalism is very hard to find these days. You won't find it in main stream news media. That has fallen to the level of mere entertainment. Whatever they need to do to get ratings and money.

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eriklatranyi

Dec-08-13 6:07 AM

Dan Rather exposed journalistic malpractice for all to see by pushing his fabricated, and universally discredited, story.

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CaveFelem

Dec-08-13 6:41 AM

I believe the 24 hour news cycle and the constant competition for ratings has sorely impacted news reporting.

Everything is an "alert". Every small detail is reported, even when no one really knows what's happening, people become worried, more people tune in, another tidbit is dropped, and so on.

I remember growing up, we were a Walter Cronkite home. My parents would send me out of the room sometimes when the news was on, because the film footage from the Viet Nam war was pretty graphic at times. But what I remember from those days was if Walter Cronkite reported it, I felt like I could believe what he was saying.

I can't think of one newscaster that evokes those feelings today. They're just reading from a teleprompter, and who knows what, if any research, went into the story, past gleaning Facebook or some other online source.

Look up Don Henley's 1982 song, Dirty Laundry. Sums up the whole situation pretty nicely.

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enigma

Dec-08-13 7:44 AM

"But what I remember from those days was if Walter Cronkite reported it, I felt like I could believe what he was saying."-CaveFelem

Everybody believed Cronkite, but it turns out he slanted the news too. In fact he was one of the pioneers in affecting public opinion through news reporting. He was also a partisan. His coverage of the Viet Nam war was positive while Johnson was President and turned negative under Nixon. Most news reporting is biased, so you have to be very careful to pick out the facts and leave the opinion. Of course, if you're watching MSNBC you won't get any facts, only opinion.

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CMReeder

Dec-08-13 9:02 AM

Sorry but media isn't an independent entity. It is usually own by someone or has been corporatized. Even early media outlets were owned by someone and they had a view and an opinion they wanted expressed and heard.

I think trust is the wrong value being expressed here. I think people are saying they don't believe what they read or hear from the media. If people did not truly trust them they would not continue to read or listen to them for information. Print is still in circulation and news programs are aired all the time.

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farmer

Dec-08-13 9:15 AM

"With the emergence of the internet and social media, it has become easier to be our own journalists" I agree that the media to a great extent has become little more then a tool for special interest and at most, entertainment. But the internet, social media, be your own reporter thing for the most part is not much better. The internet is an incredible tool, however to suggest that the average person can talk with their brother in law, brows the net over coffee, and notice that it's really cold out, then write a news story on climate change, in my "opinion" is silly. A REAL journalist must be held accountable, if not by their publisher, then by the consumer. If you hear "breaking news" turn off your TV, wait 12hrs. and then check it out. If they get the facts wrong too many times, find a new source for news.

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underwood

Dec-08-13 9:19 AM

I’ll agree with Chuck on this one; I don’t get my news from mainstream media and only watch cable news during an unfolding important event. There are too many other unbiased sources available.

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CMReeder

Dec-08-13 9:29 AM

Well 'farmer' there is also a lot of misinformation being handed out as well even on the "Breaking News". Not only are journalists or news hounds trying to get the story as it unfolds but they are trying to get it out first factually or not so factually . It is no longer enough to get information out to the public but to be first with getting it out, right or wrong.

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underwood

Dec-08-13 9:35 AM

That’s why I watch news of breaking events on Fox. They always explain their source and whether it’s confirmed or heresay.

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CMReeder

Dec-08-13 9:36 AM

No two people are going to view events and information the same or formulate opinions about it the same either. Every person will put their own personal view into it. All information is tainted none in my opinion is pure.

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CMReeder

Dec-08-13 9:37 AM

Even Fox news has gotten it wrong from time to time.

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eriklatranyi

Dec-08-13 10:46 AM

Mr. Reeder:

You are right. Two people will see the same event and interpret it differently.

That is why reporting just FACTS is so critical today. But it is rare when someone reports only FACTS, even Fox.

There is no perfect news source. That is why you need multiple sources to ascertain FACTS from interpretation.

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CMReeder

Dec-08-13 12:27 PM

Just the facts Ma'am! News outlets are not formatted like Dragnet. Facts are information. They get interpreted, by everyone!

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CMReeder

Dec-08-13 12:29 PM

People just do not believe the information and facts that has been presented to them especially when it runs counter to what they believe.

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Capricorn1

Dec-08-13 12:47 PM

Chuck I would have to disagree. I don't think real facts are up for interpretation. I think a fact is something that is known to exist. At least that's what I was taught in school if I can remember back that far. What is often reported today is a political bias interpretation of facts, but the facts themselves are not up for interpretation. It clouds the issue.

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underwood

Dec-08-13 1:46 PM

Well said Cap, but if one believes reality is whatever they can convince themselves and others it is, then Chuck view is understandable and he’s certainly not alone.

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RealAmerican

Dec-08-13 1:48 PM

The fourth estate, watchdogs and the only private enterprise specifically protected in the USA constitution.

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RealAmerican

Dec-08-13 1:50 PM

They're coming to take away our guns. Obama is going to declare martial law and lock us all in fema concentrashun camps. The left wing liberal media tries to hide this.

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RealAmerican

Dec-08-13 1:50 PM

Typical liberal

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farmer

Dec-08-13 2:10 PM

RealAmerican They're coming to take away our guns. Obama is going to declare martial law and lock us all in fema concentrashun camps. The left wing liberal media tries to hide this.

I believe we can look to this gentleman to prove my point.

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RealAmerican

Dec-08-13 7:31 PM

Typical liberal. I don't even read comments. I just disagree with the ones my buddy's cap, tranyi and born here agree with

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RealAmerican

Dec-08-13 9:02 PM

It's snowing or. Therefore, global warming is not true. Sean Hannity never lies

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CMReeder

Dec-09-13 12:49 AM

Capricorn 1 facts are interpreted that is the reality. Every news outlet does it as every person does.

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