The American people today have at their disposal more current information– more news– about the world than perhaps any people anywhere at anytime. All the media of mass communications– newspapers, magazines, radio, television, motion pictures– place before them daily huge quantities of easily accessible information. Traditions of freedom, accuracy, and impartiality assure them that they can trust most of the information.
The situation, therefore, would seem to be ideal. Yet if public opinion polls are a reliable guide [they are not in 2014]
the People don’t know jack.
Informing the People: A Basic Text in Reporting and Writing the News. Charles H. Brown. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. New York. 1957.