Carl Bernstein on loss of trust in news media

Carl Bernstein on loss of trust in news media

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ah, this speaks for itself:

One of the nation's most renowned journalists on Friday accused his profession of squandering the public trust.

"You can't serve the public good without the truth as a bottom line," said Carl Bernstein, the former Washington Post reporter who, along with Bob Woodward, broke and covered the Watergate scandal, which resulted in the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Too often, Bernstein said, the ever-escalating quest for profits has replaced the profession's obligation to seek "the best obtainable version of the truth."

"The gravest threat today to the best obtainable version of the truth comes from these lowered standards," he said. "And the consequences to a society that is misinformed and disinformed by the grotesque values of this idiot culture are truly perilous."

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