Rebuilding the Public Trust in Journalism

Benjamin Mullin of Poynter has a good Q and A with Steven Hayes, editor of the Weekly Standard, about how the media can rebuild the public’s trust. Poynter tweeted about it:
StevenFHayes prescription for fixing the media? For starters, hire more conservatives.
 But the most important point Hayes made was:
You should be skeptical. In a sense, that’s our job.

Otherwise known among old journalists as having a built-in bullshit detector.

It’s something all the great editors have had—Ben Bradlee, Len Downie, and Marty Baron at the Washington Post, Abe Rosenthal, Jill Abramson, and Dean Baquet at the New York Times, Harold Ross of the New Yorker, and many others.

A lot of great reporters, too.

But the list of journalists without one seems to be getting longer. And some of them even boast about it on Twitter and Facebook.

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