Credibility should be an important quality in any public figure. Whether the public figure is a mailman, a policeman, a town councilman, a mayor, or a journalist, you should have enough credibility to satisfy the public.
When an individual has credibility people believe them, when an individual has questionable credibility people don’t believe them.
Where does credibility come from? Are we born with it? Can be learn it? Can we buy it? We earn credibility over time based on how we live our lives. Life causes us to interact with people on a daily basis and that interaction causes us to earn or lose credibility. At home or at work or out with your friends you earn or lose credibility bases on how we talk to people, how we answer questions and how we do whatever it is we do to make a living.
Credibility is earned through words, deeds, and actions. As you interact with those around you, you earn a reputation for being an honest reliable person or you don’t. We all know people who are known to have credibility issues; people who promise the moon but deliver next to nothing. We also know people who are accepted as men and women who can deliver, their word is their bond. When Suzy Sunshine says it’s a don’t deal, I know it’s a done deal, she has a history of making it happen on time and within the budget. She wouldn’t say it was a done deal if she didn’t know it would happen.
When Rotten Johnnie says it’s a done deal, I’m not so sure. Rotten Johnnie has a history that shows spotty results, he’s been known to say what he thinks other people want to hear, he’s been known to stretch the truth on occasion so when he says it’s a done deal I have some doubts.
Credibility is important if you want to be an elected official, you can’t win an election if the voters don’t believe what you say. As a candidate you tell the voters that you oppose higher taxes, but last year and the year before you voted for higher taxes. Some voters would remember that and they will most likely not be fooled by you lack of credibility.
When a candidate for office says they want to control spending and reduce taxes while they’re a candidate that’s a strong reason for voters to vote for that candidate. After they get elected if they start wavering on that position, and they continue to vote for unnecessary spending that is news. The local media outlets, such as newspaper, radio, television and internet should see that as in important item and report it to the voters who expected less spending and lower taxes.
On rare occasions that will happen, but not often enough. The media picks sides. They have their own agenda. A media that was fair and impartial would report facts just as they occur. Voters would have the opportunity to look at the situation and make informed decisions. That’s what the Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of the Press was supposed to insure.
Credibility counts for everything that’s important in our lives. We have a right to the truth and the truth should be basic and bald not massaged to cloud an issue. One of the basis skills too many voters lack is comprehension. Lots of long words with obscure meaning can confuse many voters. Keep it simple and honest we deserve that.
I think two of the best things we need in the world is for every incumbent in elected office get voted out, and every news person start shoveling shit in Louisiana instead of the work they do now and new people with open minds and no agenda take over.
I know its wishful thinking but I know it will work well for us.