Friday, September 21, 2012

Distrust in media hits all time high, Gallup Poll

9/21/2012, "U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High," Gallup Poll, L.  Morales

"Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004."...


Following is an example highlighted by John and Suzyn on Yankee radio on 9/21. An invented "story" about Jeter being willing to play for another team left out the question Jeter was asked. I notice the NY Times has an article filed after Sept. 21's game--by which point the reporter could have checked the details surrounding the alleged "story." Either the reporter didn't check or didn't feel it was important enough. The point wasn't as much that it was "a question about Peyton Manning," it was that the question was "if your team told you they didn't want you anymore" like Manning's did...The question was in essence, if you were unemployed, on the street with no job, THEN would you consider going to another team. The NY Times account leaves out that the answer was predicated on Jeter being on the street with no job: 

9/21/12, ESPN.com: "Jeter said..."I was asked about Peyton Manning going from Indianapolis to Denver. The question was in reference to if the organization doesn't want you around anymore, do you still want to play? You have no choice but to go to another team. I think it is common sense. But I'm glad you guys had fun with it.""

Derek Jeter laughed off the suggestion that he might have thoughts of playing elsewhere after an ESPN article quoted him as saying he would be open to it. In response to a question about Peyton Manning and whether Jeter might also someday change teams, Jeter told ESPN: “If I wanted to keep playing, yes. It’s a business. People forget that.” On Friday, Jeter maintained he was merely answering a hypothetical question. “I think it’s comical,” he said. “I’ve told you guys time and time again I can’t picture myself playing anywhere else.”"

9/21/12, "Martin Rescues Lead in Extra Innings," NY Times, by Zach Schonbrun

The Times includes part of Jeter's response to media parasites on 9/21 which was that Jeter said he was just answering a hypothetical question but the Times doesn't say what the question was. This example is of course minor compared to others the NY Times has made a few of which I've noted on this blog over several years. The consequences become much more serious in the hard news arena.

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