‘WATCH OUT FOR THE LY­ING ME­DIA’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

In the post­elec­tion world, many Amer­i­cans re­main vexed with the press — con­vinced that jour­nal­ists are guilty of bi­ased re­port­ing, or pro­duc­ing in­ac­cu­rate, clue­less, trite, elit­ist or even fraud­u­lent news. Un­be­knownst to many, the So­ci­ety of Pro­fes­sional Jour­nal­ists has a ro­bust set of eth­i­cal stan­dards in place “to en­sure the free ex­change of in­for­ma­tion that is ac­cu­rate, fair and thor­ough,” ad­vis­ing jour­nal­ists to “seek the truth and re­port it,” among other sig­nif­i­cant things.

Yeah, well. Stan­dards tend to wilt in the cur­rent me­dia mar­ket­place, which hope­fully will sort it­self out be­fore the 2020 elec­tion gets rolling. Or maybe not. Mean­while, glee­ful poll­sters con­tinue to re­port that the press ranks at or near the bot­tom of opin­ion sur­veys.

“Watch out for the ly­ing me­dia. Cer­tain in­dus­tries are more cor­rupt than others” warns a new poll con­ducted by CBS “60 Min­utes” and Van­ity Fair mag­a­zine.

“When asked on av­er­age which one of four in­dus­tries en­gaged in the great­est among of un­eth­i­cal be­hav­ior, 37 per­cent pick the me­dia ‘the top choice’ ahead of the drug and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try (30 per­cent), bank­ing (19 per­cent), and tech­nol­ogy (7 per­cent),” the poll notes.

“Par­ti­san­ship plays a role in which in­dus­try Amer­i­cans are most wary of. Repub­li­cans (53 per­cent) over­whelm­ingly pick the me­dia as the most un­eth­i­cal in­dus­try, and it’s the top choice of in­de­pen­dents as well (39 per­cent). For Democrats, the me­dia comes in third (22 per­cent), be­hind drug com­pa­nies (35 per­cent) and banks (29 per­cent).”

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