In his op/ed this morning, Dan (Radmacher) writes:
A free press is vital to a functioning democracy. We all know that. But a free press doesn't matter if no one trusts it.The degree to which the mainstream press should be considered suspect depends on how closely one has watched the members thereof and their work over the years. And on the various and sundry polls that continue to suggest that the members of the media are monolithic in their personal views of conservative vs. liberal political positions (a sweeping majority are liberal to crazy liberal).
Of course, speaking of the press as a monolithic entity is a mistake. Newspapers, broadcast news and various outlets on the Internet are all part of the press, all part of how today's citizenry informs itself.
But what happens if I don't trust your media, you don't trust mine and the guy down the street doesn't trust anybody's?
I don't believe any medium should get a free pass. Slap us around when we make a mistake or don't live up to the high ethical standards we set for ourselves. But don't discount an important and accurate story because of the perceived sins of an entirely different news organization.
Dan is right, of course. Be wary but try to avoid sweeping generalizations.
It would be nice, though, if Dan practiced what he preaches.