Can You Trust The Press?


Liberal or conservative, male or female, young
or old, Americans love to bash the news media. Once among the nation’s most trusted institutions,
the news media have fallen from grace. According to Gallup, even as recently as 2000
a majority of Americans trusted the press; by 2015 it had fallen to 40%; and lower than
that, 36%, among those 18 to 49. It’s hard to see how this decline will be
reversed. The industry has become politically polarized
and, in the highly competitive age of multiple 24-hour cable news channels and the Internet,
it’s under severe financial pressure. And this compounds an even deeper problem
– failing journalistic standards. In the 1950s, the media universe consisted
mainly of a few national television broadcast networks, and local TV and radio stations,
most of which got much of their “news” from major wire services and the nation’s
large newspapers. Most journalists were committed to producing
“objective” journalism – fact-based stories independent of the government and
of political parties. A reporter’s job was to report, not offer
opinion or advocate. Presented with the facts, it was up to readers
to make their own judgments about news events. Opinions were supposed to be confined to editorial
and op-ed pages. That world no longer exists. This lack of objectivity and decline of standards
is one reason, though not the only one, why newspapers and news magazines are a declining
industry. According to Pew Research, print revenue from
newspaper sales has declined from $47 billion in 2006 to $16 billion in 2014. Digital sales haven’t come close to making
up the difference. Most papers have been forced to cut operating
expenses: slash staff and close bureaus – overseas, in particular. Ironically, there are more stories than ever
to cover and fewer staff than ever to cover them. This lack of information from professional
journalists has been filled by a new source – social media and the blogosphere. When the Iraq war, which I covered for the
New York Times, began in 2003, there were roughly one hundred thousand bloggers. Only a few years later, there were an estimated
twenty-seven million. The Internet as a news source has obvious
pluses and minuses. On the plus side is that information is spread
widely and instantly. The minuses have to do with the fact that
the quality of reporting varies dramatically. It’s not easy to separate the wheat from the
chaff. Furthermore, many sites, including mainstream
sites, have abandoned traditional journalistic practices and standards in search of more
and more “eyeballs.” Objectivity, once the gold standard of reporting,
is now often seen as old-fashioned, a ratings loser. When success is measured mainly in terms of
“clicks,” the outrageous beats the sober just about every time. Inserting opinion, even in the middle of a
news story, is a way in which journalists can distinguish themselves. And in mainstream media outlets, those opinions
overwhelmingly tend to be liberal. This might not be so bad if journalists acknowledged
their bias. But they almost never do. Yet the bias is obvious. According to a 2014 study by two Indiana University
professors, reporters who identify as Democrats outnumber those who identify as Republican
by 4 to 1, 28% to 7%. The remaining 65% call themselves independent. But based on my long experience as a reporter,
this is a fiction; that is, many reporters like to describe themselves as independent,
but they’re not – not really. By any fair measure this group is overwhelming
on the political Left. The obvious liberal bias has only served to
push conservative readers to those sources that cater to conservative themes – further
polarizing the media landscape. And, unable to attract conservatives, the
mainstream media have chosen to double down on views and themes that appeal to their liberal
constituency. To give just one example, when Fox News broke
a story in January 2016 about the discovery of top secret intelligence on the private
email server that Hillary Clinton used while secretary of state – classified information
which she had denied ever having sent or received – the New York Times buried this news story
deep inside the paper. A decline in reporting standards, a decline
in revenue and increase in bias have made many wary of the people who provide them with
their news. A certain amount of skepticism is a healthy
thing, but a thriving democracy depends on a dynamic and free press. As much as people may like to bash the media,
most people would far prefer to trust it. I’m Judith Miller, contributing editor of
City Journal for Prager University.




Comments
  1. Once the news and media went from telling us "what" to telling us "why", I was out, no more "news"(mind control) for me. Sheeple can only be created and maintained by that wich nurtures them. And boy do they spend billions of dollars and countless hours doing so. I'm grateful to be off the farm.

  2. There are only 3 things certain in this world.

    1.) Death
    2.) Taxes
    3.)Boar Vessel, 600-500 BC, Estruscan, ceramic

  3. Isn’t this the Same Judith Miller who worked for The NY Times and distorted the news leading up to the second invasion of Iraq ⁉️ The Same Judith Miller who carried George W.’s water❓

  4. Whether left or right or even claiming to be independent, I think that none of the journalists will come forward and admit to the extent of the CIA's longstanding, now other 3-letter Deep State agencies and organizations, have had to coerce and to set the narrative on the big issues. From the USA's Deep State Intel community's perspective, the so-called free press and/or mainstream mass media (MSM) is just another enemy to be controlled, which they, the Intel community, have accomplished with much success. Except for reporting on American Idol or if Myley Cyrus recently broke a fingernail, which the MSM can freely report on, on all the major issues the USA MSM appears to only be an extension of a State propaganda machine and an elite's agenda. The enemy of a free USA press is not outside the USA's borders. And no one seems to want to take that on, much less to even admit it. Saludos, desde Colonia Centro Historico, Puebla, Mexico, DerRobMann sends…

  5. Bravo! Become a "crap detector!" Alfred Korzybski, d.1950, (look him up) would support PragerU while cautioning about the high levels of abstraction used by all of us!

  6. Funny how I found this video, I had to talk to my mother about thinking critically about what she listens/reads as opposed to believing whatever is being said.

    Sadly, I believe she is too far gone in the rabbit hole and refuses to accept differing opinions or admitting that she is biased citing “Russian trolls” and other things as evidence that her beliefs are unquestionable.

  7. also its hard to identify fact from opinions eg mass farming is great for producing large amounts of food to feed the us's ever growing obesity crisis whilst statistically animals reed in mass farming has a much higher chance of catching diseases and tend to be far less heathier than free range animals, now im not saying all farmers are bad and that im trying to incite veganism, but healthy farming practices and standards should be enforced for better animal welfare, its the same I suppose about the military, personally the us should cut spending on the military and spend it more on say infustruture and imporving education, however, a large portion of jobs in the us is by the military and it would mean firing a lot of people, creating more jobless people, which is another rising issue, but going back to the topic, fact has been miss identified with feelings and emotions, take a look at the plus size movement, which incites obesity, un healthy eating ect, and yes they should be told that they are fat and un healthy, and that theres no such thing as thin privlages, and that they are not being oppressed, its their choice to eat at KFC or have the supersized mc Donald's, and yes I know there are those who do have medical conditions which may lead to obesity, but that still doesn't stop them from having a salad now and the nd have it at the right portion, and if you do tell someone they are fat don't be a complete and utter jerk about it, also ye being obese does have its health issues

  8. i suppose its like the reaction of the and i really do apologise if i do offend someone but its like the reactions of the new Zeeland shooting and the shirr Lankan bombing, which are both terrible, but i find the new zeland shooting to get more attention by social media and more ani right straight white male approach, eg ''its an attack by right wing extremist'' which is flat out false and was not orginised by the right or anyone else for that matter, and so social media and the latterly banned anyone who sided with the gun mans points of vies, which were not entirely unfounded, im NOT supporting his actions but it was very one side, then theres the sri Lankan bombing which was dumped onto ISIS and blamed them, when its just some militant muslim who wanted revenge for shri lanka, by attacking a country wihich did nothing wrong in the first place, ive been to sri Lanka and its lovely, the people there were all lovely, and they are mostly Buddhist or Hindus, on an island in the middle of no where, its like the british invading Greenland for no other reason than the Sweed's stopping a few British ships, i know its very different to that but you get the idea, and yet people say its isis when in fact its just a muslim getting th bright idea of killing himself in the name of Allah to gain news coverage.

  9. Despite Trump's character flaws, he will NEVER have an approval rating less than the liberal mainstream media's.

  10. 👍 Most People Don't Agree With Most Republicans Because They Have The Alt Right And Are Cold Heart Conservatives. The Press Are People Too 📷📹

  11. Today's PRESS or media is in the control of evil! And the devil's missions are just projected in unlimited gloss and flowering freshness into people's minds. THE PRESS IS WORKING FOR THE DEVIL HIMSELF.

  12. attn. : Associated Press is  THE AP , the Albert Pike controlled media. a freemason. MSN =mason. Get it ? masonry is the "church' and illuminati is their religious 'order'. These illegal and treasonous organizations have usurped our states and free-enterprise of our markets and media. This must be separated from our state and governing principles. DECLARED ENEMY OF THE CONSTITUTION , AND MUST BE SEPERATED FROM OUR STATE , AS THEY ARE A 'CHURCH' AND 'ORDER' OF MASONIC INFLUENCE WHICH INFILTRATED MOST OFFICES.

  13. Big media is little more than an opinion mill. They don't even try to be objective… I quit getting a paper, it was all editorials.

  14. One problem with this video.
    Everything she says is pretty much correct at this point. So then what? What should we do? What's a good course of action we should follow (which is not only watching Fox or OANN ,which only creates an additional conservative echo chamber just like only watching CNN or MSNBC creates a liberal echo chamber).

    We should be open to watching both types of channels, but not taking everything said at face value. Blind trust is dangerous.There is nothing wrong with a bit of skepticism.

  15. That gave no clear answer. Can you trust the press? Well they are biased but most people would choose to trust the press. The HELL does that answer? Just say no lol, its obvious we cant, and its obvious that's where you were heading for most of your video!

  16. I really enjoyed and agree with Judith's assessment of our current state of journalism, but I would have very much liked to have heard her take on finding factual and unbiased news sources. I think if there is any hope of reversing this breakdown of trust, we need an army of activists seeking the truth, and getting the word out there. Otherwise it's just a matter of time until the entire house of cards collapses and society falls.

  17. Mark Twain gave guidance on proper journalism when he said "first get your facts right then distort them however you want "The idea of an unbiased media is historically inaccurate remember the Tory and revolutionary papers in the revolutionary period? Bias is fine as long as it's upfront and doesn't affect the factual accuracy

  18. the press may have never been trustworthy. the advent of the Internet provided the ability for ordinary people to fact check and point out bias and misleading information instantly. before the internet we mostly had to just take their word on what was reported.

  19. NYC Targeting list

    1). New York Times Building: 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

    2). Time Warner Center: 10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

    3). NBC Building: 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY – 10112

    4). ABC Building: 47 W 66th St, New York, NY 10023

    5). CBS Building: 51 West 52nd Street, New York, NY

    6). Huffington Post Building: 770 Broadway, New York City
    United States 10003

    7). Daily Beast Headquarters: 555 W 18th St. New York, NY 10011

    8). Vox Headquarters: 85 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

    9). Now this Headquarters: 560 Broadway #204, New York, NY

    10). The Root Headquarter: 605 3rd Avenue
    12th Floor New York, NY 10158

    11). Associated Press Headquarters: 200 Liberty Street, New York, NY

    12). Open Society Foundation: 224 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

    13). Bloomberg Headquarters: 731 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

    14). Newsweek Headquarters: 33 Whitehall St New York, NY 10004

    15). Esquire Headquarters: 300 W. 57th Street New York, NY 10019

    16). The Guardian U.S. Headquarters: 315 West 36th St,
    New York, NY 10018

    17). BuzzFeed Headquarters: 111 E 18th St 13th Floor, New York, NY.

    18). Viacom Headquarters: 1515 Broadway, New York, NY

    19). BET Headquarters: 1515 Broadway New York, NY 10036

  20. This might comes a surprise to someone, I don’t watch any tv at all and I don’t go anywhere near any where near news. Somehow I know what’s going on outside in the world

  21. Yes. You can trust the controlled news media to mislead you, about everything from war to perverts to baby-killing (abortion).

  22. They don't have to declare themselves.. You again assume the American people cant see what they are. We are just turning them off. Fortunately there are options out there. If I am going to spend money for anything it will be to support people who have the same objectives that I do.

  23. Is the title a rhetorical question? The “Press” is nothing but propaganda, and has been that way for a long time. Thankfully this fact is finally becoming obvious.

  24. The press can turn things around if they leave their bias out of their reporting. The solution is simple.

  25. You need 5:55 to reach a foregone conclusion? No, one can't trust the press. The press has never been trustworthy. All the great city newspapers from the 18th century until the present have been subject to the leanings of their owners.

  26. The press must admit when they make a mistake. The fall from grace for the press is from right wing media outlets telling everyone to not trust the news… just as PragerU is doing here. PRAGERU can sell complete lies and there are no repercussions, and even when caught they are under no obligation to post a correction. They are not the news. The same applies to Glenn Beck, Mike Savage, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingram. They are not news and integrity is not part of the game that they are playing. We are being told every day to mistrust the media, and while the media does make mistakes, other real media outlets point out the mistakes that must be publicly corrected. PRAGERU and there cohort have no obligation to be truthful, nor does any of the right wing or left wing news “commentators.” Do listen to the news….listen to me… right after this message.

  27. 3:38 I found it, the liberals cause all problems segment. i almost thought this wasn't a prager U video due to the lack of far right garbage. But I found it.

  28. Love you Judith! Your honesty,intelligence, poize, and character, only adds to the extra helping of beauty you were born with.

  29. Can you trust the Press/Media?Here in Germany, ABSOLUTLY NOT!The German Media/Press is mostly leftwing propaganda

  30. I can honestly say as I grew up I respected the news media, with the exception of one or two outlets. But the standard of journalism has deteriorated so much that as soon as the main so called expert says anything, I know there bias as soon as they say anything.

  31. Thank you, so much, Judy, for your insightful report! You are correct:
    When news services are required to bow before the alter of RATINGS, and, ultimately, PROFITS, it is inevitable that the TRUTH will take a backseat.
    Our FOUNDERS believed that our system of government would ONLY work if we had an informed citizenry. It is an OMINOUS SIGN when large numbers of Americans no longer feel that they can trust the PRESS, to provide truly fair and unbiased reporting.

  32. weird I didn't see Fox News on your list of news organisations. They started the opinion over news format. Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson are the culmination of Fox News' make opinions news format.

  33. Ugh, are you telling me no one has downloaded a measly 15 mb of Tor?! Why in the hell do you even bother paying for your TV, news channels and etc… Information is meant to be SHARED and to be FREE!

  34. Because of the leftism in Demokratic party, near all media become corrupted and "Fake News".
    Since Trump get's the office, the fake news is falling down. Near all X-BC and Times.
    Only the Fox News is keeping some level…

  35. Lionel Nation 2016 (Condensed from “The Media Lie About Everything!): “Yknow what struck me?. How few people, what, 6% actually believe the clowns in the media (MSM).  Who are these people? From Wolf Blitzer to Chris Matthews to Don Lemon you name it.  Who NOBODY BELIEVES!  94% of the people don’t believe the media!  Nobody!  These patsies, these lemmings, these sycophantic, ball-less, a-testicular geldings…cons, frauds, 94% don’t believe them! Why should they?…Think about that!  It’s amazing! And they give these stories…complete crap! BS! Stories that boggle the mind!  You will never hear the truth. They don’t care about the truth. They’re repeaters, scared, petrified, outmoded, outsourced, outperformed by everything from online, blogs, to alternative media,"

  36. Our local news provider was Copley until several years ago when they were either bought out or sold out. They were replaced by substandard but better known Chicago papers. It certainly limits what you see

  37. Look at the bold-faced lies they spread about Nic Sandmann. Once we saw the ENTIRE video we had rock-solid proof they're ALL dishonest pieces of shit. Journalism is now more corrupt than politicians and lawyers.

  38. The Press has changed because they are now under the control of people who hate the USA, and hire their Journalist accordingly. They are not going to change. They will continue with this warped attitude until they collapse because people get tired of their negative drum beating.

  39. Obama, Pat yourself on the back for you & Sorros buying off the press & tuning race relations. I grew up on the So. Side of Chgo. HS 50/50 B&W no problems & nobody ever heard of you. Morgan Park HS.

  40. The democrat owned media is nothing more than Facebook and Google. All their articles are simply plageurised from the Internet. Very sad

  41. The democrat owned media is nothing more than Facebook and Google. All their articles are simply stolen from the Internet. Very sad

  42. The democrat owned media is nothing more than Facebook and Google. All their articles are simply stolen from the Internet. Very sad

  43. Because back then, mainstream media monopolizes the news. But when YouTube came around, people were able to hear the other side of the stories. Mainstream media does not hold the control anymore because of the internet.

  44. In my country we don't trust our media because there is no media only propaganda.
    You will not see news about protests in Moscow.

  45. "I'm not saying not to trust the press and only trust right-wing YouTube channels, but… don't trust the press and only trust me."

  46. PregoU is a media channel. They are also far-right. Not sure why they made this stupid video about biased they really are. What a joke channel!

  47. In 1807 statesman Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter complaining about the misinformation in newspapers: 6

    Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day

    Jefferson provocatively suggested the advantages of not reading the newspaper:

    I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.

  48. And 2 years after this video was made, things have only gotten worse. You would be hard-pressed to find a reliable, objective source of news regardless of your political leaning. Real news has been mostly replaced by opinion-based, politically biased reporting. Now people are getting their "news", which is anything but, from Facebook, Youtube and Twitter. People need to wise up before everything comes crashing down.

  49. If the media wasn't one-sided and didn't tell lies about certain groups Donald Trump would never had the support to be president. Because everything that he mention walking down them steps the reason he's running for president it would have been the first time anybody ever heard of it and will thought it was just a bunch of nonsense. It's the media who made Donald Trump who is today that's a fact.

  50. It's the Corporate Media, not mainstream or liberal. They are corporations owned by larger corporations and they derive their income from corporate advertisers.

    If the Corporate Media was liberal, Bernie Sanders would get coverage and in a positive way.

  51. What she said is true: I WOULD like to trust the media (it would definitely make like simpler), but we've moved well beyond that ever happening again. How do places like CNN even stay in business with only a fraction of the audience they once had? Last I heard they were down to something like 500K viewers. I think we have more readers of our local/regional newspaper than that! It's amazing that they can continue to keep up those $1M+ salaries for all their various "journalists" (and I use that term VERY loosely).

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