Is it me, or is the conversation about structural changes to the media system finally crossing over into the mainstream?
Kohut: When we first started our People in the Press series, we asked people . . . Does the media usually get the facts straight, or do they often get it wrong? And we found, I think we have a slide on this, we found 55 percent then saying that media usually gets the story right. . . over the years, that number has gotten lower and lower. And at this point in time, we have a majority of people saying the media usually gets it wrong, and only 36 percent saying the media usually gets it -- the facts straight.
Auletta: . . . if you watch, say cable television, you see reporters moving out of their normal job as reporters to become what I would call bloviators, and so what you have is people watching them and saying, wait a second, they're not reporters, they're just expressing opinions, so how can I trust them?
Massing: I think the fact that the media are an elite -- that they are a very - a group of reporters, as Ken Auletta is saying, they - now they bloviate, they seem like they're very self-important, and they're not getting out I think enough into the country. This election, I think, came as a huge blow to the media's credibility, as well. They were taken tremendously by surprise, and I've really been surprised at how thin the analysis since then is. . . I really think the media have got to deal with this issue that they are perceived as an elite. That's not just a political charge. I think that that is a problem that is structural that needs to be contended with.
Friday, January 14, 2005
'Structural Changes' You Say
The question of media credibility made for some welcome discussion on last night's Lehrer News Hour. The featured pundits of punditry were the New Yorker's Ken Auletta; President of the Pew Research Center Andrew Kohut; and media analysts Michael Massing and Nancy Maynard. Here are some of the highlights:
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