I’ve got this great poll about journalists I want to show you. Huge sample size, meticulous methodology.
The findings won’t come as news to you. But it will come as news to most journalists themselves.
This new poll doesn’t just ask the general public what they think of journalists. It asks the same question of journalists themselves, and then it compares the two answers.
Two major US universities tested that question, Arizona State and University of Texas at Austin, which, if you don’t know, is considered the San Francisco of Texas, in terms of how far left-wing it is. Austin is as leftist as Portland. These aren’t conservatives.
Let me quote their description of the study:
Together, we designed and tested an online survey that three news organizations used to examine transparency, engagement, and mutual understanding with the communities they serve. In total, 4,854 people participated in this survey from three communities – Macon, Georgia; Fresno, California; and Kansas City, Missouri. Our partner newsrooms in those communities also surveyed 88 journalists and 51 news sources. This report provides insight into what we learned across these surveys.
Let's look at the first question:
Do journalists care about getting the facts right?
The journalists rated themselves 4.8 out of 5.
The people who actually had to deal with the reporters — the sources of news — gave reporters just 3.5 out of 5. Not quite a failing grade. As a percentage, that’s 70 per cent. That’s weak. So, almost one of third of the time there’s a problem, is one way of looking at it.
But the general public? They give journalists just 2.9 out of five stars.
(Would you stay at a hotel that got 2.9 stars out of 5 in terms of, say, cleanliness or service...?)
You can see similar results when the question is "Are journalists fair in their reporting?"
And then people were shown "words that describe the media." The public says the most appropriate word is... "biased."
We’re not perfect here at The Rebel. But we do our best to side with the people, and to listen to our customers — if we didn’t, we wouldn’t be in business, because we live 100 per cent on the contributions of our viewers.
That’s our ultimate guarantee, that’s the way we know we’re respecting our customers — if we didn’t, our crowdfunding would dry up overnight.
With the rest of the media, there is only one viewer they have to please now — his name is Justin Trudeau and he has $595 million for them. As he announced last week — it’s only for journalists that he can trust — he actually used that word.
I’d like to see a survey like this done in Canada. But then again — no university or media company would dare to do it, now would they?
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