... and I believe journalists are well aware of this. A quote also found in Gunter’s book supports these ideas: “News tells ‘stories’ about events thus embracing a notion of ‘performance’” (Morin, 1976) (Gunter 38). Most importantly, we need honest, accurate, ethical, and independent journalists because reliability and the factualness of news is not often or not always considered or even thought about by a handful of viewers. If the audience has become immune to accepting the first piece of news thrown in their faces, then the only ones that will actually have the power to pick out the truth are journalists. It is their duty.
Journalism is the communication of facts, opinions, commentary, and ideas to a general public by publishers and broadcasting organizations. When used appropriately, it can have a profound and beneficial impact on society by allowing the public to come to complete conclusions, make proper decisions, and plan for the future. It also helps to shape political climate as well as influences business and government. But today, experts and intellects question if journalism is properly fulfilling its role in society. With journalistic standards constantly evolving over time, the conventional wisdom regarding today’s journalism is that objectivity lacks significance, fairness is not commonplace, and cultural biases sway reporters in their writing.
Journalism no longer seeks accuracy and fairness. There are many fallacies in the basis of today’s journalism. Journalism today has the tendency to try and persuade the reader’s reaction. It has become biased in this same sense. Journalism concentrates more on the negatives than the positives. It lacks the background information needed to better educate the reader making an opinion. The entertainment industry has taken over control
Journalists use their influence to persuade the opinions of their viewers or readers, and to get the people to believe what they are reporting on is factual and true information. They will use the public’s opinion to help form the people’s opinion by using newspapers, advertisements, etc. The media will also use misleading headlines for newspapers or magazines, knowing that some people will not read the whole article. This makes those who do not want to read the full article to believe the partial statement made by the journalist. They also have a way of reporting only on the events that they feel the public would care to hear about. An example of this is when John Edwards was running for Presidency, and no one had reported about him having an affair. It wasn’t until after the election that this news had broke. However, when Sarah Palin’s sixteen-year-old daughter became pregnant, it was broadcasted over the news and plastered on the cover of magazines immediately. This is cal...
The Freedom of the Press, as granted by the First Amendment, allows the Press great privileges, only a few of which have been discussed in this paper. Regardless of the open scope of the topic, it is irrefutable that the Press enjoys a vast amount of power and freedom in what it can and cannot do, and what it does or doesn’t have a right to. The mere fact that the cases discussed above are 5 in favor of the press and 3 not in favor, whereas 3 of the 5 cases are defamation cases, reflects on the actual state of how free the press really is in the American society, and how important the First Amendment and its purpose is to the American way of life.
Being "objective" has been an unrealistic ethic that defines the news media. Fallows agues that journalism and the news has provided largely "entertainment fluff" and has virtually selected unthinking news communicated to the American people; and Paenti agrees and states that the Media is big business and therefore is not independent, objective, neutral, informative, balanced, and truthful. Their ideas may seem outlandish and farfetched, but it is the fact of life for the media today. The news media struggles to please every component of the business, from the advertisers to the owners. In turn, every word that is typed or spoken has one side of the story.
“Everything is known not according to itself, but according to the capacity of the knower”- Boethius. News reporters know everything about an issue and have many ways to present their information to the public. People do not realize their opinions are influenced through the media’s reportings, since no one has warned them. These reporters are often called “the fourth branch of government”(Gabbs) because of their actions. The media is responsible for conveying opinions through their reports, which does not allow the individual to analyze a situation to form their own opinions; therefore they are detrimental to the American society.
So called “opinion journalism” has become a growing issue in today’s media. The concern is that the news channels are not always reporting facts to their viewers, but often times fact less opinions. In his article “The Truth about TV News”, Westin makes a highly effective argument as to how news channels are reporting opinions rather than cold, hard facts. His persuading argument lists supporting and personal experience. The experience comes from Westin’s time as ABC president has given him a valuable insight into both the industry of reporting and how opinion journalism has become a growing issue. Westin uses his knowledge to support his claim: opinion journalism is bad and needs to be put to rest as fast as possible.