Denyse is back at UncommonDescent. I’m glad. She was gone for a few months, and the ‘news’ section was edited by a physics type who was solely interested in dark matter and black holes. The galaxy-brained bullies took over the site entirely.
Denyse is an experienced journalist (no quotes) who knows how to select and sharpen information.
In this item she sharpens a new Gallup poll on “journalism”. The poll has a lot of unsurprising data plus one new question that may lead to a new answer. The unsurprising part: Trust in mass media continues to decline fast, with even Democrats no longer confident in the all-D media. (All-D emphatically includes Fox. This has been obvious for a long time.)
Gallup’s new question is about resources and opportunity.
While 72% say national news organizations have the resources and opportunity to report the news accurately and fairly to the public, only 35% say most national news organizations can be relied on to deliver the information they need.
65% say that local news organizations have the resources and opportunity to report the news accurately and fairly to the public, and more than half of Americans say most local news organizations can be relied on to deliver the information they need.
44% of Americans have high emotional trust in local news organizations, compared with 21% who have high emotional trust in national news organizations.
In other words: We feel that national media has all the money and uses it destructively. Local media doesn’t have all the money, but it uses its limited resources somewhat more constructively.
Gallup sees a ray of hope in this comparison. If local media gets more money, it will do a better job.
I doubt it.
Rule of Three Ls: Larger organizations require more Lawyers, more Loans, and more Licenses. All three Ls depend entirely on Deepstate’s power and whims. The only way to stay independent is to stay relatively poor and hungry.
One of Parkinson’s Laws says the same thing in a literally concrete way: When an organization acquires a brand new high budget architect-designed building, you know it’s done. The original purpose has been replaced by the vicious positive feedback loop of budget and power and justification. The organization has switched from solving problems to making problems, because newly manufactured problems “justify” more money and power.