Families; Education; Science; Taxes; and Professional accountability.
The failure of the journalistic profession relates to, and is perhaps a consequence of, the mendacity of the political class. Politicians have always lied and stretched the truth. But it has traditionally been considered the role of the journalistic profession to challenge and expose such behaviour. Politicians no longer seem to have to really pay a price for their lies and crimes. Those in the administration of George W. Bush, including torturers and war criminals, who broke international law and violated the Constitution faced no real sanction. In the UK Tony Blair faced several inquiries, the most complete several years after he had left office, and though he was criticized, never faced any legal sanction or penalty.