Monday, May 24, 2004

Reporters are losing faith

Have you complained about crappy media work lately? Well, reporters too think the media isn't doing too well.

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press just released polling numbers showing 45% of American national journalists think reporting is increasingly sloppy and error-prone. That's up from 30% in 1995.

They also say the profit motive is hurting coverage more than before, but that's no surprise considering the media concentration that's been going on in the U.S. (and Canada for that matter), especially in television. They also have less faith in the public's ability to make the right choices. That may simply be because many reporters don't like George W. Bush, right? Not that I blame them for that… Still, there you go: from the journalists' own point of view, they produce sloppy news for a public that can't think straight.

I think it's a safe bet we'd get similar numbers for Canada, even though we don't have Fox News to remind us of how lazy reporters get when they're asked not to think critically. Something to think about on this second day of the Federal election campaing.

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