However, it looks like news media has generally lost the trust of the American public:
This might have to do with major failures in mass news media:
- Dean Starkman shows us that the press fully knew that the economy was a mess during the last decade, but never told the American public about it. (This appears to be an ongoing problem.)
But since when did the practice of journalism allow for uncritically making shit up? ::shaking head:: Where's the fine line between poor journalism and fabrication?
I'm only a news consumer, though people in the news business have shown me how the sausage is made, and I've seen a lot of ugly stuff. However, I'd like to focus on moving forward.
The gist of this effort is to develop signals of trust for news outlets and individual articles. For example, a news outlet would commit to a serious code of ethics/trust and also diversity, and some means wherein the news outlet could be held accountable to that code.
In essence, an article would say "trust me" and back it up.
So, the gist of the Trust Project is that:
- A news outlet promises to be trustworthy, indicating that via standard signals in publication.
This is NOT about any news aggregator picking and choosing what's trustworthy; making such a claim would itself be untrustworthy.
Yes, this isn't easy, since a fake news outlet could claim to be trustworthy. We need some trusted network to test challenges to trustworthiness, maybe inspired by Wikipedia.
However, I've looked around, and I can't find any effort that provides any hope to get to a broadly trustworthy press.
Help us, folks, you're our only hope.
This post is part of a series commemorating The Huffington Post's 10 Year Anniversary through expert opinions looking forward to the next decade in their respective fields. To see all of the posts in the series, read here.