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Displaying items by tag: journlists
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:39

Americans rank journalists for honesty, ethics

When asked to rate professions for honesty and ethical standards, 26% of Americans surveyed indicated journalists ranked very high in honesty and ethics, according to a new Gallup poll. Forty-six percent ranked journalists as average and 27% of Americans said they thought journalists earned only a very low ranking. Three medical professions—first, nursing, followed by pharmacists and doctors—garnered top honors as the most honest and ethical of professions, according to Gallup. Members of Congress, lobbyists, car salespeople and telemarketers were labeled by those surveyed as the least honest and ethical. My beloved profession is somewhere in the middle of the list, slightly ahead of bankers and just below building contractors. That’s disturbing. We’re supposed to represent our readers—the people—when we report the news. But motives and more get in the way of good reporting.

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