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Journalists: Why Do We Even Bother?

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Why am I even writing this? Odds are that you, dear reader, don't believe a word journalists like myself have to say. A new Gallup poll finds that "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."

Republicans are the most skeptical, with only 26 per cent expressing some degree of trust in the media. Independents aren't far behind. A slim majority of Democrats do generally trust the media, but even their numbers are falling. Not a good sign for the health of our democracy, the tenor of the nation's public discourse, nor my future career prospects.