Whenever surveys are taken as to which professions are the most trusted and admired, journalists are pretty near the bottom. We used to beat out used car salesmen, but I think that thanks to regulation, they are in better standing these days.
Today, journalists and lawyers usually take turns at being the least admired. I don’t propose to talk about why lawyers are so unpopular; after all, I don’t want to be sued. But I do know why reporters are held in such low repute.
Part of it is our own fault.
As in, when a TV reporter sticks a microphone in the face of somebody whose child has been murdered and asks, “how do you feel?”
But even when we do our jobs well, we make people dread us. We tell you that the system doesn’t work, and the politicians are corrupt, and the water is tainted, and the priest is embezzling from the parish - things like that.
That’s what we are supposed to do.
We seldom show up just to tell you good news. Maybe the best thing we can say about our society is that decent behavior still isn’t news.
Except - in some contexts.