We depended on receiving accurate news. Journalism was not the view of the reporter or journalist, but the facts as they were recorded. Today, I tend not to read the newspaper, or depend on that newsflash to keep me appraised, but instead I must apply my journalistic tendencies to what I’m reading and hearing. Weigh what I’ve heard against the reputation of the news media. Not all news media are dishonest, but I feel I must weigh the accuracy of what I'm hearing or reading more carefully and keep my own tally sheet of true and false.
For instance, who is it doing the reporting? Is the media too far left or too far right? Do they tend to tweak the news to suit their agenda? Or is this reporting more factual than slanted? Can this broadcasting station be trusted? Is this newspaper losing their reputation for accuracy and are they too biased? The questions go on and on.
What happened? What happened to the accuracy and the truth? Why are we led around by falsehoods and cheated of our right to know the truth? What is the truth anyway?
What happened to those eager reporters who were determined to tell the truth at any cost? Where are they? I know they’re out there, but they have been scrambled with the dishonest reporters. When I talk to reporters I’m asked leading questions to see what my political views are, and if they aren’t the political views of the reporter, I’m dismissed. Where is the “Fair and Balanced Reporting”?
The people want to know the truth, not the slant. The people want to decide for themselves what to believe and not led around by a string of lies to find out the cutting edge news was a pack of lies and innuendo.
I for one want to decide for myself what to believe and how I will feel about a situation. The people do not want to be treated like sheeple and cattle, but like intelligent human beings who are capable of making their own decisions.
After all, we make important decisions every day for ourselves, but we’re not allowed to decide how we want to feel about something as important as what we want to believe or feel.
Should our reporters wear color coded badges so the public will know if we can depend on them for accuracy. A specific color for dependable accurate reporting, another color identifying for inaccurate reporting tendencies, and a color for not yet coded for dependable news reporting.