Big Shockeroo: Press, Public Not on Same Page

By May 24, 2005General

While the rest of American journalism real and imagined races to cover the break in the logjam on judicial nominees in the Senate, we’ll look northward to the Constitution State, where a great study came out of the University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy. It found — are you sitting down? — that the press and the public have widely divergent views on issues surrounding the freedom of the press and on politics as well.

Among the highlights of the study:

— Only 3% of journalists polled said the US press has too much freedom, as compared to 43% of the public who felt that way.

— 95% of the journalists strongly agreed that newspapers should be allowed “to publish freely without governmental approval of a story”, while only 55% of the public agreed.

— When asked whether reporters should be compelled to reveal their sources before a grand jury, 8% of reporters said yes while 57% of the public said yes.

— Last but not least, 68% of those surveyed said they supported John Kerry in the last election while only 25% supported George Bush.

Like we said, a big shockeroo. It certainly explains the rise in the internet and the blogs, where people can read real opinions posted by real people without any filter and where biases are often clear and flown like a flag.

Here’s a link to a summary of the study. Makes for some interesting reading. It should be a wake-up call to every member of the mainstream media, as if the Swift Boat Veterans and Dan Rather weren’t enough……