Howard Kurtz Asks: Why Do Americans Hate The Media?

Mediaite’s Joe Concha joins Howard Kurtz to discuss widespread distrust of the media, and whether or not sites like Newsbusters unfairly magnify media errors.

The “Also” was implied.

It seems like asking if magnifying errors, misleading segments, or outright lies causes the public to distrust the media is the wrong question. The right question is why do they do things that prompt such widespread reaction in the first place? It’s like a five year old in the corner, sorry he got caught, not sorry sorry.

Kurtz says such scrutiny of the media is a healthy thing, which is probably true. But what they must come to terms with is, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing, it’s definitely a “sticking around thing”. So get used to it.

Media is supposed to have a healthy mistrust of government and authority. The new dynamic should be that the viewers have a healthy distrust of the media’s distrust.

And that’s the way it is.

(h/t Mediaite)

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