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Originally posted by casaloma
Back before the dawn of time, my husband and I were journalism majors at a respected US university. We were taught that the ethics of journalism was objectivity. Most of our professors believed that your readers or watchers should never have an inkling of what you really thought about the politics behind the story. ........
He can't stand to watch CNN and I don't believe Fox News has even been broadcast in our house. It isn't so much that we are liberal (though we are) it's that we were rigorously trained to have respect and awe for objectivity and ethical behavior.
We were taught that journalists played a key role in the democracy of the nation by their fierce devotion to the truth and their refusal to be self serving. I KNOW that's an impossible standard to always achieve, but how sad that now we don't have the objective at all.
Originally posted by crimvelvet
reply to post by casaloma
It is worse. Journalist who do hold a high ethical standard get fired for being honest. Derry Brownfield reported on Monsanto's unethical treatment of Us farmers and got kicked off the air. Two journalists in Florida got fired for criticizing Monsanto. I have gone a round or two with the head of Monsanto's publicity department. Corporations have interlocking directors with the media see ATS - Media Control? - 118 people...
The honest, disinterested voice of a true journalist carries an authority that no self-branded liberal or conservative can have. “For a country to have a great writer is like having another government,” Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote. Journalism, done right, is enormously powerful precisely because it does not seek power. It seeks truth. Those who forsake it to shill for a product or a candidate or a party or an ideology diminish their own power. They are missing the most joyful part of the job.
This is what H. L. Mencken was getting at when he famously described his early years as a Baltimore Sun reporter. He called it “the life of kings.” Linky
Originally posted by lpowell0627
News shows, like everything else, have to turn a profit and in order to do so must have a niche in order to attract the most viewers.
If they all reported on the exact same stories, using exactly the same facts, it would make them all interchangeable. In order to make it their own, they have to add "flavor". It's their uniques spin that makes a person choose one over the other.
'Orwell rolls in his grave' documentary.
"Could a media system, controlled by a few global corporations with the ability to overwhelm all competing voices, be able to turn lies into truth?..."
Originally posted by Jenna
To be fair, Beck and O'Reilly aren't news reporters, they're news commentators. As are pretty much all of the people who have their own shows. They are naturally going to voice their opinions which makes their reports more biased than those that come from actual news reporters. The difference between reporters and commentators is frequently overlooked but it shouldn't be.
I do agree that the news in general though is biased according to the reporters opinions and beliefs on the subject. It's rather unfortunate that this is the case. Any one who wants an unbiased take on pretty much anything that's made headlines has to go out of their way to find multiple sources that cover the topic from multiple angles and then cobble together the truth.
Mikerusselus brings up an excellent point as well. It's hard to know how much of the perceived bias is real and how much of it is just our impression based on our own biased opinions.
Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
This looks fantastic. I have been in situations, seen situations where a lie has become the truth. Think about it. It's real. I've bookmarked your thread so I can go back and read it entirely.