Journalists report the news, period. Right? Isn’t that what we want? The facts, just the facts. Well, the real question is, the facts according to whom?
There are times when a journalist is given information related to a story, then must piece it together in a coherent, informative and entertaining manner. They don’t make up the news, but rather, they give it form. And, perhaps some would say, the reporters own personal preferences might shine through.
But shouldn’t we consider ourselves fortunate that in this day and age, we can get our news from multiple sources, in order to see which version is correct? And this should be easy, since we have many platforms from which to choose. After all, it wasn’t that long ago, that there were only 3 television stations and one newspaper in most towns. I could never have fact checked Walter Cronkite on my own.
The problem is, newspapers, magazine and tv news programs are businesses plain and simple. They must make a profit in order to stick around. No one will watch if it’s boring. So naturally, they do their best to entertain us. And we love to be entertained. Whether it’s a good political scandal or a car chase, sometimes we watched for the sheer entertainment of it.
In our last presidential campaign, I believe, that candidate Trump was such good entertainment that the media actually helped get him elected. It may have been the unintended consequence but the consequence, nonetheless. So, isn’t it ironic that The President of the United States of America and self-proclaimed media icon now assaults the media on an almost daily basis?
Feb. 20, 2019 @ 7:20 AM
“The press has never been more dishonest than it is today”
Feb. 20, 2019 @ 7:44
“…The Washington Post is fake news.”
Feb. 20, 2019 @ 8:49
“The New York Times report is false. They are a true enemy of the people”
It does appear that President Trump likes the media if it’s favorable, but calls out the less complimentary news as fake.
First and foremost, one needs to know the difference between The Washington Post, The New York Times and social media. We also need to see the differences between investigative journalism and opinion editorials. Investigative pieces are just that, they are fact based. And opinions are just that. And each is usually specified in the article.
If you are looking for news on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube you can find it, but it is likely to be from one camp or the other. Inflammatory headlines catch our attention. Also, why read the mundane report when others will spice it up for you and make it much more tantalizing.
Perhaps we only have ourselves to blame, you see, the journalism that we all complain about, only exists because we all consume it.