Adding up the damage

So let’s add them up and see what we’ve got:

Nancy Grace goes after an interview subject in her usual (frankly unwatchable) style, and the woman kills herself. (Steve Safran has a biting editorial on this.)

LA Times reporter/blogger Michael Hiltzik uses pseudonyms to comment on blogs in defense of his real self.

Katie Couric. ‘Nuff said.

Ten Florida journalists took payments from the US government totaling thousands of dollars over several years for touting Radio and TV Marti. At least two were fired.

9/11 anniversary coverage is filled with the media bashing itself over feeling duped by the government in subsequent months.

Newspapers are slashing staffs from Ohio to Texas.

And all of this in just the last week.

Do we really wonder why we have a public confidence problem?

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