Credibility

Credibility: the quality of being trusted and believed in or at least, the quality of being convincing or believable.

How would you rate the credibility of the major news outlets? Can they be trusted?

The issue we have with news outlets today is transparency. That means that good news sources clearly mark opinion columns as opinion, disclose conflicts of interest, indicate in stories where information was obtained and how it was verified, and provide links to sources.

Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson wrote about the Gallup study that indicated the “collapse of trust in institutions is fairly obvious by now” to anyone who has paid attention. 

“We’ve been harping on how institutions have been gutted from the inside out by repressive progressive politics, what now is called wokeness, but the problem pre-dates that now-fashionable term. There is a generational effort to tear the country apart and the news media is in the toilet.”

What is truly surprising is that most media outlets not only do not care about their credibility but will say whatever their base wants to hear and will generate clicks on the web. Let me offer an example:

BuzzFeed and The Guardian began investigating fake news domains this past August and they traced over 100 to the small town of Veles, Macedonia. One teenager has built a fake-news empire, setting up more than 50 domains in six months and amassing over 40 million page views—which has translated to over $60,000 in ad revenue.

The truth is, most Americans have quit caring and simply do not believe anything they hear nor trust any of those who are leading them.

But I’m not here to critique the news media because they aren’t the only ones facing a credibility crisis. So are we.

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