MSNBC anchor Katy Tur wonders if she’s doing “more harm than good” in her role as a journalist since trust within the media has decreased over the past few years.
“People do not believe in our services,” Tur said last week.
In an interview for her new book, Tur was asked by The Hill’s Niall Stanage about admitting that she considered quitting journalistic work in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic and what she thinks about the entire industry.
MSNBC anchor Katy Tur wonders if she’s doing “more harm than good” as journalist. (The Hill)
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“It’s something I’m not able to provide a definitive answer to, and it’s not because I don’t enjoy journalism. I love it however, it’s a matter of the convergence of two issues” Tur said.
“One of the reasons is that we have to deal with extremely dark topics in a series and it’s like it’s getting darker , which could be a strain on your mental well-being,” Tur said, in reference to political divisions frequently shootings in mass as well as other tragic incidents.
“It can be demoralizing. Then on top of that, there’s an Gallup survey released today, which shows that confidence in media, including television and newspapers is at the lowest level in history,” she added.
MSNBC anchor Katy Tur appears on “The Daily Show” to announce her new memoir. (Comedy Central )
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In fact, the most recent Gallup poll showed that the confidence of newspapers and newscasts on television has plummeted.
Just 16 percent of Americans stated that they had confidence in newspapers “great amount or even a lot” of trust about newspapers in 2022. an increase of 5% from the results of 2021 as reported by Gallup. It was the lowest figure that has given those responses since Gallup began asking questions about newspapers in 1973.
Television news is making Americans particularly concerned about 2022. A gloomy 11% of respondents told Gallup they have confidence levels of “great amount or even a lot” about their confidence within the business. This is a decrease from one-in-16 who felt confident in news programming on television in the previous year, which was also the lowest point.
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“People do not trust us, they don’t trust us. This causes me to wonder if the job I’m currently performing it, is successful however, if it’s causing damage rather than benefit,” Tur said. “I am unable to provide an solution to this, however the thoughts of that are in my head. They’re there because I love it and I believe it’s crucial and I’m trying to find an effective way to connect with others.”
A similar Pew Research Center study found the fact that 55% journalists polled “say that each side does not always receive equal media coverage,” but 76% of Americans generally believe that journalists “should always be striving to provide every side equally equal treatment.”
“While certain individuals believe they are required to enable the public to be aware of the various perspectives However, those who disagree argue that those who make false claims or unsubstantiated speculations are not worthy of the same attention as those who make facts-based statements backed by solid proof,” Pew researchers wrote.
Tur who’s autobiography “Rough Draft” explores her own unique background and rise in the field of journalism, explained she tries to be honest to all sides , however, she found it difficult in Trump’s presidency. Trump administration.
“I suppose it felt like it was frightening and depressing, in the face of Donald Trump in the presidency that they had to find refuge in someone who they believed was fighting for the right cause,” she said of people who were pleased with her style of taking care of the 45th president.