Why Do Americans Hate the Media? Just Watch the Conventions

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Image uploaded from a quicklink People are angry about politics and politicians. They are angry about the way the media cover politics and politicians. Can you blame them, in the face of spas and sports bars, in the face of the self-promotion, for perceiving some sort of unholy alliance between reporters and the people upon which they are supposed to be reporting? Reporters and news executives shouldn't scratch their heads and wonder why the next time a poll comes out and declares that the public has lost respect for journalists. They should instead remember that there is a price to be paid for this marketing, this branding, this embrace of the cult of political celebrity; a price far beyond all the millions already spent.

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