SPOTLIGHT

Power is the capacity to get people to do something or stop doing something. After watching the film, one could come to a conclusion that “Spotlight” enforces the power of codes: religious beliefs, cultural values, and norms, to get its audience to do something. The film looks back at historical events — fifteen years and further as it enacts a press probe into abuse that transpired in the Boston area. It tells the story of The Boston Globe investigative columnists who disclosed the molestation case of the Catholic church. (The Globe’s editor-in-chief at the time was Marty Baron, who’s now the supervisory editor of The Washington Post)

The central film message concentrates on the Catholic clergy molestation scandal eruption in 2002, which also urges the audience to question: How are conditions different now in 2017? The Pitch here is getting us as the public to fundamentally reshape our thinking about the Catholic church, through messaging such as a fact-based compelling argument. As a curious audience, I was predisposed to like “Spotlight.” This investigative reportage series also showed that power could get people to do something. “Power” in this instance creates an imbalance, by allowing high-ranking Church executives to allowed child predator priests to continue hurting kids.

As they paid for confidential settlements to the victims and assigned the felonious priests to other dioceses, where they could, and did, strike even harder again. Spotlight focuses on legal ethics, ethics corruptors and journalistic ethics.The legal ethics here encompass the obligation of attorneys to serve clients, confidentiality, and when, if ever, human morals compel the breaching of known standards. The ethics corruptors concentrate on what occurs when respected, trusted and influential personalities and organizations require their supporters to attest their sincerity by disregarding, defending or covering up unlawful actions. The Journalistic ethics focus on the journalist’s abilities in gathering evidential truths.Through their approach ambition, individual biases and non-professional concerns are somewhat warped in some of their perspectives and execution.

It’s very laborious to assess the state of “watchdog” investigative journalism today because most journalistic corners are bipartisan. Fox News is an example of this quarrel. One could say that power holder are not being held accountable. The recent actions of Donald Trump banned in countries that don’t have his hotel in them have had a massive appraisal from Fox News as doing the right thing for the safety of our nation. Under this new administration, power holders are not critically being held accountable for their actions.

The actions of President Trump in the last few days would have gotten President Obama impeached. Wael Ghonim once said that “the power of the people is greater than those in power.” But under this new administration, one can see that power is being shifted from the people and given to those in power. A specific example of story uncovered or missed by centralized or decentralized mainstream media would probably be the constant rape allegations from women who had accused our elected President of such act. Another would be the truth behind the Obama Iran’s deal. Another story that’s rarely covered would be our elected President’s tax returns. To be clear, not every media does this, just a few. MSNBC has always been at the full front of the story while other mainstream media shuffle it under the rug.