One Important Case Where Trump Was Right About Fake News

“I won this election, by a lot” — Ok, that may be fake news too

Isaiah McCall
Dec 10, 2020 · 5 min read
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The Code Of Ethics

The code of ethics breaks down into four major points.

Seeking the truth and reporting it

Meaning ethical journalism needs to be accurate and fair with as little-to-no bias as possible. It also requires journalists to be “honest and courageous in gathering, reporting, and interpreting information.”

Minimize harm

This aspect is constantly overlooked in the age of social media. Journalists need to decipher how much harm a potential story can cause, and if it’s worthy of being published. It also requires knowing how to handle sensitive subject matters, such as ones involving victims of sex crimes or juveniles.

Act independently

Journalism is on its own island. You’re not supposed to work with the police or other government authorities. You shouldn’t receive gifts, favors, or any special treatment from anyone (especially if you’re doing a story on said groups). Journalists are to serve the public, and acting in the best interest of the public requires journalism to be its own entity.

Be accountable and transparent

The last requirement of ethical journalism requires journalists to take responsibility for their work while also being as transparent as possible to the public. While some stories are rather straightforward, there are also murky, more ethical articles that require clear and honest explanations from journalists. This also requires journalists to expose organizations or individuals who aren’t acting within these guidelines.

Fake News Is Real

In 2018, Democrats and the media ran with a story that was a clear example of fake news.

The story blew up

The New York Times tweeted, “Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting, calling those trying to breach the country’s borders ‘animals.’”

You Don’t Get a Do-Over in the Social Media Age

The damage was done once the AP, New York Times, CNN and other media outlets pressed publish on the Tweet…

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Is Media Losing Its Credibility?

According to Pew Research, 18% of U.S. adults say they turn most to social media for political and election news. That’s lower than the share who use news websites and apps (25%), but about on par with the percent who say their primary pathway is cable television (16%) or local television (16%).

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. — JFK

Key Takeaway

Social media is terrifying. Not because it rots your brain or leads to addiction. Well, those things too. But what really scares me is we are clearly not ready for a tool as powerful and omnipresent as this.

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Isaiah McCall

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USA Today Reporter and Ultramarathoner. I write about Cryptocurrency, Fitness Hacks, and Greek Philosophy. Also a diehard Trekkie 🖖🏾| mccallisaiah@gmail.com

The Masterpiece

The wise writers don’t rush. They take time to produce their masterpieces.

Isaiah McCall

Written by

USA Today Reporter and Ultramarathoner. I write about Cryptocurrency, Fitness Hacks, and Greek Philosophy. Also a diehard Trekkie 🖖🏾| mccallisaiah@gmail.com

The Masterpiece

The wise writers don’t rush. They take time to produce their masterpieces.

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