As journalists we spend a lot of time agonising about why people don’t trust us. We really want to be loved, but as a survey from Gallup in the US demonstrates, we cannot win.
The opinion research company found that 56% of the Americans believed the news media’s coverage of the war in Iraq is generally “inaccurate”.
Two-thirds of Republicans believed the coverage was inaccurate and made the situation appear worse than it is. But 45% of Democrats felt the coverage was inaccurate because it made things look better than they really are.
That makes it look to me as if the US media is getting its coverage just about right. The nature of the job means we are doomed to remain unloved.
(via Editor and Publisher)