A Pew poll was released that surveyed Americans attitudes toward various professions. Journalists in particular are not particularly well liked by Americans.
Since 2009, attitudes about journalists have dropped in every polling category: men, women, younger, older, education level, and political party. In fact, even Democrats have dropped their trust in journalists to an alarming degree:
As the Internet has reached into more homes, people are reading websites with content directed largely to Democrats, Republicans, or independent liberals or independent conservatives. Each of these siteswhether you agree with the respective content or consider them openly biasedare still doing a better job than main stream media. Indeed, the Internet continues to deliver body blow after body blow to the main stream media: in quality, accuracy, effectiveness, and content.
Part of this is the rampant stupidity of MSM journalists: folks who have no mastery of basic facts, no training in skepticism, and less overall understanding of the roots of psychological bias. Indeed, although liberal bias in media is now completely proven, most people in the main stream media steadfastly deny they exhibit biasbecause they have no clue what it looks like. Journalists are like the folks insisting to Aristarchus of Samos the world is stationary because they dont feel it moving.
As you know, another part of this is that news editors are functional morons for the most part, who insist on following templates and scripts in presentation that distort the original story, promote or hide facts, and disguise opinion as sources. Lots of reporters were taking on Fast and Furious, for example; less than a dozen editors considered it a story worth sharing.
A third problem is the ridiculous attempt to disguise political leanings. Media outlets swear up and down that they exhibit no real bias, but of course they do. Their editors admit it either in their endorsements or in the angry resignation letters they submit to the Internet when fired for not toeing the part line. Political influence on a paper is so obvious to the public that denials are inevitably pathetic.
How to fix this? The Czar thinks there is no point to fixing this. Journalism died a ways back, and the zombies still filing to make their un-deadlines merely mimic actions by real reporters back in the day. WaPo is going to blame Republicans, and the WSJ will still flip off the Democrats, no matter what. So let them choke each other into their graves.
Meanwhile, the Czar will continue to follow news events using a wide variety of free Internet sources, each of which acknowledges its political leanings up front. Does this mean the Czar is getting filtered, echo-chambered news? Yes, but so are you. And the poll above shows that roughly three out of four Americans are aware of it.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.