Tuesday, June 26, 2007

While we're talking about the media

From the Center for Media and Democracy

According to a new poll by Newsweek, "Even today, more than four years into the war in Iraq, as many as four in 10 Americans (41 percent) still believe Saddam Hussein’s regime was directly involved in financing, planning or carrying out the terrorist attacks on 9/11, even though no evidence has surfaced to support a connection. A majority of Americans were similarly unable to pick Saudi Arabia in a multiple-choice question about the country where most of the 9/11 hijackers were born. Just 43 percent got it right—and a full 20 percent thought most came from Iraq."

Um, does this maybe suggest that something in our media isn't working properly? Do journalists look at these numbers and what ... what do they do? How can you work in an industry which is supposed to be making sure that the American people are an informed citizenry so that democracy can properly function and see numbers like this and not be up in arms about the failure of the press to play its proper role in preserving liberty?

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