A new Pew poll that examines public esteem of various institutions shows that members of the media have rapidly lost favor with the public since 2009. Four years ago, 38% of adults believed journalists contributed "a lot to society's well being." Today, that number is down to 28%. Journalists are rapidly losing favor with women; that number dropped 17 points, from 46% to 29%.
As one of the commenters says, "That high?" Of course we haven't exactly covered ourselves with glory lately. The Washington press corps, especially, seems mostly interested in propaganda and staying studiously uncurious about big scandals.