‘WATCH OUT FOR THE LYING MEDIA’
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).”