Monday, September 14, 2009

News Media Credibility at New Low

It looks like the “mainstream” news media is reaping what it has sown, namely, more than ever, people flat do not believe them:

Nearly two-thirds of Americans think the news stories they read, hear and watch are frequently inaccurate, according to a poll released Sunday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. That marks the highest level of skepticism recorded since 1985, when this study of public perceptions of the media was first done.

Combine that with a poor economy, and it is no wonder many media companies are hurting. (I will not gloat. I will not gloat. . . . )

Rest assured the “mainstream” news media has well earned its lack of credibility. I think their failure to vet Obama, to reveal his radical background has angered many who honestly thought they were electing a uniter instead of one of the most divisive and radical presidents ever. Also, the internet, particularly blogs, assure that when the news media blows it or ignores it, they will get called out on it.

And, of course, the news media keeps on earning its lack of credibility by, say, ignoring the Van Jones scandal until he is cast away for being a Leftist too nutty even for Obama. Or how about ignoring the ACORN/pimp video?

The “mainstream” news media thought it could get away with its old ways of spiking stories that didn’t fit with their agenda and with distorting others. And I remember when the news media did mostly get away with it in pre-internet days when there was little average Joes could do about it.

Thanks be to God those days are over!

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