After a hiatus, it’s time to start blogging again.
I anyone surprised that the public perception of the media continues to decline? Recent polls show an astoundingly low number of people who believe in the accuracy of what they read or hear. No wonder. It’s because those polls don’t differentiate between journalists and entertainers.
The reporters at the New York Times are journalists; Rush Limbaugh is not. Bill Moyers is a journalist; Glenn Beck is not. Katie Couric is a journalist; Keith Olbermann is not.
But that simple fact — who is a journalist and who isn’t — is lost on most Americans. They hear vitriol from talking heads with a microphone and confuse them with reporters. It just happened again, when President Obama was awarded the Nobel Prize. There is a legitimate discussion over whether he deserved it. But that discussion wasn’t driven by journalists; it was driven by talking head with an agenda who used the occasion to vent their spleen.
That’s certainly their right, and they certainly have a niche group of followers who hang on every word. At the same time, it’s incumbent on us to separate journalists from the entertainers. We haven’t done a good job at that, and as a result, our profession suffers.
The views expressed on this blog are mine alone.