May 16, 2005

I WARNED EARLIER that if Americans concluded that the press was on the other side, the consequences would be dire.

Now it looks as if things are already dire:

A new survey to be released Monday reveals a wide gap on many media issues between a group of journalists and the general public. In one finding, 43% of the public say they believe the press has too much freedom, while only 3% of journalists agree. . . .

Six in ten among the public feel the media show bias in reporting the news, and 22% say the government should be allowed to censor the press.

I'm a big fan of freedom of the press. I think it's too bad that the journalistic profession is ruining things for everybody through the hubris, irresponsibility, sloppiness, and outright agenda-driven bias of its practitioners. Which makes this bit especially ironic:

Blogs showed their growing influence among those polled as 83% of journalists reporting the use of blogs, with four out of 10 saying they use them at least once a week. Among those who use them, 55% said they do so to support their news gathering work. And even though 85% believe bloggers should enjoy First Amendment protections, 75% say bloggers are not real journalists because they don't adhere to "commonly held ethical standards."

Tell it to the guys at Newsweek.