When did journalists start losing the respect of the public?
Not that the job is about—nor should it be about—gaining that respect, but it seems to me that it was only a short time ago that being a journalist meant something positive.
After all, Superman, the most incorruptible superhero of all time, was a journalist.
The public saw them as great professionals uncovering what certain officials would try to hide. They were seen as helping the common man peer into a realm that they would otherwise never see.