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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The headline says "New Survey Finds Huge Gap Between Press and Public on Many Issues," but I found the last line of the story especially interesting:

The article, Editor & Publisher's account of a UConn survey, says 83% of the journalists polled said they use blogs.

That's encouraging. The most discouraging news is at the top of the article:
  • 43% of the public says the press has too much freedom,
  • just 14% can name "freedom of the press" as a guarantee in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
For details, see the University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy.

Freedom of the press also was a major theme of Bill Moyers' talk to the National Conference for Media Reform last weekend, including news of a campaign to "take public broadcasting back." Video, audio and a text transcript of his speech are online. This passage might refer to some of the people in that poll data:
An unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a people fed only on partisan information and opinion that confirm their own bias, a people made morbidly obese in mind and spirit by the junk food of propaganda, is less inclined to put up a fight, to ask questions and be skeptical. That kind of orthodoxy can kill a democracy -- or worse.

12:55:26 PM    

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