Under the category of "WELL DUH!," Editor & Publisher had an amusing little blurb on August 1st about a Harris poll "measuring public perceptions of 23 professions and occupations." It's hard to imagine that anyone would need to go to all that work to create the poll, however, at least as far as answering the question of where the occupation of journalism would rank with the American people. All they had to do was to take a peek at Newsbusters to get that easy answer: at the BOTTOM of the pile!
The lowly journalist ranks right down there with union leader, actor, and entertainer in the last ten least prestigious occupations. Still Don't Get No Respect: Poll Finds Journos At Bottom Of 'Prestige' Jobs
CHICAGO Hang down your head, journalist -- your fellow Americans don't think your career is much to be proud of.
The annual Harris Poll measuring public perceptions of 23 professions and occupations came out Wednesday -- and you can find journalists in the Bottom Ten.
Just 13% of the 1,100 U.S. adults surveyed in June and July said the occupation of journalist had "very great prestige," while 16% said it had "hardly any prestige at all." The plurality of respondents, 47%, grudging conceded there was "some prestige" in being a journalist.
Yeah. For SURE we coulda' told 'em that!
Well, maybe we would have had them in dead last place, right down there with politician and lawyer!
Anyway, there is your laughter for the day.
Update (Ken Shepherd, managing editor | 16:43): Speaking of laughter, Greg Gutfeld of Fox News's "Red Eye" (2 a.m. Eastern), is devoting tonight's "Gregalogue" to "Why We Hate Journalists"