Americans don't think journalists contribute a lot to society

TV journalists at the end of the 33 km individual time-trial and eleventh stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France.

This final note today, which I deliver with just a tinge of...wait, what?

The Pew Research Center, as it does from time to time, has asked Americans to rate certain professions by their perceived contribution to society.

The top five, in order, were the military, teachers, doctors, scientists and engineers. They, in fact, were the only jobs rated as "contributing a lot to society" by more than half of Americans.

Journalists -- and the source of my "wait, what?" -- came in at 28 percent.

Hey, at least we beat the lawyers.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, the most widely heard program on business and the economy in the country.


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