This is the big elephant in the room:

More than half of Americans say US news organizations are politically biased, inaccurate, and don’t care about the people they report on, a poll published Thursday showed.

And poll respondents who use the Internet as their main source of news — roughly one quarter of all Americans — were even harsher with their criticism, the poll conducted by the Pew Research Center said.

More than two-thirds of the Internet users said they felt that news organizations don’t care about the people they report on; 59 percent said their reporting was inaccurate; and 64 percent they were politically biased.

I started work on my PhD in Public Communication this week. In addition to getting a full-time position teaching journalism, I’m also hoping to address how we teach journalism. Most of the academics I’ve encountered and the journalism textbooks that I read shrug off criticism of biased news coverage. I hope to change that.