Articles about "Credibility"


Don’t call it an impasse, stalemate, or standoff

Don’t call it an impasse, or a stalemate, or a standoff.

Yes, it’s a shutdown. But accurately describing how our government arrived at this point requires more than one word.

To suggest that this current government shutdown … Read more

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Republicans trust media more than they did last year

Gallup
Thirty-three percent of Republicans surveyed by Gallup in 2013 said they had a "great deal" or a "fair amount" of trust in the news media. That's hardly a ringing defense of the Fourth Estate, but it's higher than last year, when 26 percent of Republicans said the same. Independents also held a more favorable view of the press than they did last year.



Overall, Americans viewed the news media more favorably in 2013: 44 percent said they trust the press, up from 40 percent last year. (In 1976, 72 percent said they trusted the media a lot.) 46 percent said the news media was too liberal, and 37 percent said it was "Just about right."



Previously: Gallup: Americans mistrust media more than ever
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NPR ombud’s latest report raises important questions, but it’s not without flaws

The modern ombudsman has been a prominent fixture in several of the largest American newsrooms since The New York Times instituted its public editor in the wake of the Jayson Blair debacle a decade ago.

While the position itself has … Read more

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Is Truth-O-Meter the real issue in Maddow’s latest blast at PolitiFact?

The Tampa Bay Times’ fact-checking site PolitiFact has drawn another heated rebuke from MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow, who accuses it of “ruining fact checking” and being “truly terrible.”

But at the risk of looking like a homer — the Times … Read more

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Al Neuharth and the pursuit of the mediocre

I once heard Ben Bradlee describe former Gannett CEO Al Neuharth as a “mountebank.” I rushed to the dictionary: “a person who sells quack medicines from a platform; a boastful unscrupulous pretender.”

How’s that for an epitaph: “Al Neuharth: Snake … Read more

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Vague descriptions in Boston bombings hurt more than they help

My colleague Al Tompkins reminds journalists to remember the case of Richard Jewell as they cover the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Jewell was the security guard wrongly accused of the bombing at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta.… Read more

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Boston explosions a reminder of how breaking news reporting is changing

Terrible events such as yesterday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon have always meant “all hands on deck” for news organizations, with staffers pulled off their regular beats to contribute.

But the endpoint of the newsgathering and reporting is no longer … Read more

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24% of the public gives journalists ‘high’ ethics rating

Gallup
Less than a quarter of the American public gives journalists high marks for honesty and ethics, according to the latest survey from Gallup.

The polling organization asks Americans to rate the honesty and ethical standards of 22 common professions. Journalists fell in the middle of the pack, with 24 percent giving a "high"/"very high" rating, 45 percent "average," and 30 percent "low"/"very low." Only 5 percent said "very high."

Journalists ranked narrowly behind bankers, but ahead of business executives, various politicians, lawyers and salespeople. (The medical field dominates the most-trusted professions: nurses, pharamacists, doctors, dentists.) (more...)
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Gallup: Americans mistrust media more than ever

Gallup
Sixty percent of Americans said they trust the mass media "Not very much" or "Not at all," a Gallup survey published Friday says. That's the highest percentage since Gallup started asking the question regularly in the '90s, it reports.

Republicans and independents are pushing that number up. Nearly 60 percent of Democrats trust the media a "Great deal" or a "Fair amount." (more...)
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Survey: Public prefers news from professional journalists

Reynolds Journalism Institute
The public's trust in the institution of the press may be fading, and digital platforms have opened the publishing world to anyone with a desire to speak, but it seems professional journalists themselves are not seen as obsolete.

More than 60 percent of U.S. adults say they "prefer news stories produced by professional journalists," and more than 70 percent agree that "professional journalists play an important role in our society," according to new survey data from the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Respondents also disagreed with a social-media-centric model (that most news should come through trusted friends) and disagreed that it doesn't matter who produces the news. The first two bars in each chart below refer to mobile device users and non-users. More on them later. (more...)
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