How reliable are the newspapers you subscribe to?

-Trust, Authenticity, and Accuracy in Newspapers-

Newspapers throughout the world have proven to be less and less reliable as time goes by. How much of what is printed is true? How much of it was staged by the government, or any other corporation, willing to pay to get what they want printed? The more we know, the more there is to question.

One recent incident, that has proven this, was taken place in Mexico in 2015. Mexico has been known for dealing with drug cartels and safety related problems for years now, but how much is too much?

43 people were reported missing in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, after being threatened and attacked by the drug cartel, and were never found since. This raised a number of questions for the citizens of Mexico, questioning the government’s power and ability to control the crime that happened under their noses. Angry citizens and family members protested and screamed out for help, desperately asking for answers and all they received in return were lies and misconceptions.

As families sought out for answers, the government responded with more and more lies, unable to handle the situation and the truth. This led to several families carrying out their own searches as their faith in the state quickly diminished. The citizens of Mexico were unable to understand why the government gave such little importance to an crisis that had already reached international notice. The government proceeded to answer the citizen’s protest by telling them that the 43 students had been incinerated, which was why the bodies hadn’t been found and no trace of them was left behind.

However, after several groups began their own search, 129 other murder victim’s bodies were found, completely unrelated to the Ayotzinapa case.

As a result, scientists looked into the missing student’s case more carefully and scientifically proved that the burning of these bodies in that place was impossible, and would’ve taken a lot longer than the time and effort that the government claimed it took. The discovery of many more unreported bodies, and the lack of evidence for the state’s claims led to the questioning of how many more mass murders had the government of Mexico minimized or kept hidden all together through the controlling of the press. Soon, this turned into a nation-wide protest for the right to be safe and be exposed to only the truth.

This is a key example of the role newspapers play on people’s daily lives, and information they attain and how easily manipulatable these are. in addition, it shows the extent to which the government was able to go to cover up its own acts and traces, and how with the help of newspapers, the truth was harder to uncover.

In an article written by Marc Fisher, “Who cares if it’s true”, he discusses how journalism is viewed in the online world, and how much different it is than print. Although most of the article doesn’t have much to do with the questioning of Newspaper’s authenticity, he does point out how, “They want to know what’s real, what’s true — and journalists, even in operations with lean budgets and harried staffs, can be debunkers and fact-checkers.”. This shows how the people, no matter if it is printed, or watched online, seek out the truth and deserve the truth.

People have resulted to attaining their news from online sources as it is checked a lot more thoroughly and is shaped through the viewers who can access it, as it is open for anyone to comment and add any additional information. This is another reason proving that the authenticity and truth provided by newspapers has little credibility, and is only worsening as it is affiliated with the government that can easily manipulate the information and mislead its citizen readers.

Overall, there have been many instances where the authenticity and accuracy of newspapers has been put under suspicion, the 43 missing students being one example. This shows how important it is that firms have realized this downfall and resulted to online news and sources, and have updated their accuracy checking policy. The article also mentions how “We get the media we deserve,” he says. But over time, “we all come to see that people want to know something that is true.” This is key in understanding how no matter how the news is delivered, the authenticity behind the medium is key in having happy and well-informed subscribers.