Media Credibility In Question

American Voicespatriotism ISSUE 33•26 Jul 29, 1998

Last month, CNN retracted a story falsely accusing the U.S. military of using nerve gas on Vietnam defectors. Three weeks ago, The Cincinnati Enquirer printed a front-page apology to Chiquita for an exposé based on information gathered in an "unlawful and unethical" manner. The New Republic recently fired a staffer for quoting fictionalized sources in dozens of articles. What do you think about the credibility and accountability of the media?

  • “As long as the anchorperson reads the entire press release, there should be no danger of inaccurate reporting.”

    Sandra Munson –
    Opthamologist

  • “I, too, have been burned by the media. You'd think if it says, 'Petite SWF, 22,' she wouldn't look like Delta Burke.”

    Chris Dent –
    Data Technician

  • “I recently read a report in Bop stating that A.J. from Backstreet Boys loves to skateboard. This can't possibly be true... can it?"

    Richard Nettles –
    Architect

  • “Aw, who cares? It's not like a well-informed public was essential to the functioning of a democracy or anything.”

    Keith Chambliss –
    Florist

  • “I wish journalism would return to its glory days, when principled, incorruptible men like William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer were in charge.”

    Vanessa Jackson –
    Piano Teacher

  • “You know that anchorwoman Katie Dibble on Channel 12? She went to my high school, and I, like, totally fucked her.”

    Randall Guidry –
    Systems Analyst