Chapter One Response
Now, more than ever, we are seeing the decline of unbiased journalism at the hands of the first amendment. Our generation of reporters, writers and citizen journalists are sacrificing equal writing on account of the lack of censorship in United States print and press. “I have an opinion, therefore I am” mentality surges throughout media today. We hardly hear a reporter, celebrity or attorney on mainstream media ask for or tell the full truth. As a society, we are opinion-aholics. The population builds their opinion off of the opinion of someone else, when in a perfect world, we would birth opinions off of full facts.
Journalists need to balance what the audience wants to know and what the audience needs to hear. Journalists and reporters inform. When they inform, corrupt power is uncovered, oppressed people groups are heard, inspirational stories are told and facts are gathered. But, if a journalist doesn’t fairly do their job, then the four outcomes of journalism are disproportionately skewed and the community isn’t sustained properly.
Journalists feed the public. Just like a human, if you feed the public garbage, it’s going to get sick and die.
Objective writing can resurge and thrive. I believe when Generation Z establishes themselves in reporting, we will get less political correct internet fluff and more fair reporting. The Millennial way of thinking really warped our press and news culture.
When it comes to print, I think Independents are the fairest and most unbiased group of journalists. Independents see and acknowledge the flaws and wins of both left and right political parties. While I read and follow both left and right journalists and thinkers, I am always left wondering what else was in the story that I missed because of their bias.
The greatest flaw in political journalism is that when a reporter chooses a party, society thinks they have to live and die by that party. Something I admire about Donald Trump, even though I don’t agree with everything he says, is that he calls himself a Republican but he isn’t afraid to adopt democratic ideas. Obviously no system is perfect, so why pretend? While a party, group or identity will always fail us at some point, the truth cannot fail us.
When public commentators, journalists, stick to the truth, communities and movements thrive. This is clearly shown in Telling the Story, chapter one.