So you wanna be a journalist? Maybe change the world with the brilliance of your words? Denbeste has some insightful perspectives.
There was a time when we believed that top media personalities were men of integrity. Now we must view them as being as trustworthy as used car salesmen, and polls show that most of us actually do rate them that way.
What I think is rather strange is that polls within the industry also tend to show that journalists have much different opinions about themselves than the general public has about them. Journalists think they are centrist; the public sees them as slanting heavily to the left. (Understand that these are all generalizations.) Journalists think they are in touch with the public zeitgeist and that they tend to pursue issues the public cares about; the public doesn't tend to agree with that.
Even more interesting is that journalists not only have a higher opinion of themselves than the public has, but journalists seem to think the public holds them in higher esteem than the public actually does.
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The world has changed since the era of Huntley & Brinkley.
RANDOM COMMENT: To me the most outrageous, idiotic thing Dan Rather ever said was when he stated that he thought Bill Clinton was a pretty honest man. Clinton? Honest? What was Dan smokin’?