Monday, January 10, 2005

Losing trust in journalism

Special report in today's Media Guardian about what non-journalists think about journalism, the upshot being pretty negative. Responses include an op-piece from John Lloyd - sample quote:
"The charges ... include a belief that standards of veracity and even simple comprehension are lacking; that factual reporting has given way to tendentiousness within reportage itself; that the demands of complex issues are deliberately ignored, far beyond the demands of constricted space or time; that stories of crisis, failure, scandal and personal hatred are the norm; that official or corporate narratives better packaged and more insistently pressed than ever now slip unexamined into news reporting. Because of these practices, trust can no longer be placed in reporting; and as a result of that, both the institutions of democracy and the observation of human rights can suffer."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Pub Politics" confirming beliefs in the publics dwindling trust in journalists.
In a discussion in an average pub last night, the topic of journalism, the media and how they are shaping people's opinions came up. It would seem the common attitude towards journalism in the UK and more specifically in America is that the journalists are manipulating innocent stories into what they want you to believe as the truth.
In relation to the accusations against Michael Jackson as a child molester, the commom consensus is that, although he is quite obviously a sick man, he is by no means a paedophile or anything of the like. It is the media that has created this view and incriminated him. The question that comes as a result of this is what does the future hold for journalism?

February 07, 2005 3:55 pm  

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