Bad Journalism USA

The Definition of Journalism

“the activity or profession of writing for newspapers, magazines, or news websites or preparing news to be broadcast.”

The definition and the job of journalism is a simple thing, it’s about gathering information so people can take in the information that’s being reported and learn something new, and hopefully over time with the amount of info being reported society has a whole will become more informed.

The job of journalism is not to only give some of the information to fulfill an agenda. It doesn’t make sense in any sense on why there are different news networks that report the news in a biased way. There are conservative, liberal, socialist, and libertarian news sites on the internet. News doesn’t mean having an angle to get the audience to think a certain way to sway public opinion.

News is about the truth, it’s not about feelings or opinions. The journalists’ job is to find the truth in the most objective way possible. Over the year’s journalists have stopped doing their jobs in the name of taking a position and fighting against those who don’t agree with them. Any news that goes against someone’s beliefs is considered a lie, and is called fake news, There is ‘fake news’ out there, but it’s only considered fake if it goes against your beliefs.

During the Obama administration, two things occurred in the world of news. One was the combination of mainstream media representatives who had a connection with the administration, and the conservative response online in creating their own echo chamber to combat the growing echo chamber that the left created through the mainstream.

One of the largest news stories in the last election was the Trumps campaign’s connection to the conservative news site Breitbart, with the head of the site Steve Bannon being one of Trumps campaign advisors. This is an example of media outlets being in bed with a potential candidate, and this leads to stories that are not objective, and overall in defense of a man in power.

Once Trump became president the media went bonkers attacking Steve Bannon and this connection between a conservative news site and a president, and the problems with that. Which is a problem. This is the breaking of a journalistic commandment, to be in cohorts with the powerful that the media outlet is supposed to be covering in an objective way.

Well, this something new that is going on with the right. During the Obama administration, the right began to work to create their own voice online to combat the leftist media that controls most of the mainstream.

It is no secret that many of those who were shocked by the revelation of having a media person in the white house were guilty of the same problem on the left.

The connection between journalists and prominent news people was absolutely wrong, and very few people called out the mainstream media for these connections. That is until the Trump administration did the same thing. This is not me defending the Trump Administration in any way, it’s just that both sides should be objective and not be for media connection with any Administration.

It doesn’t matter who is in office…

Connections between media and the White House

From the Washington Post, a list of all the family connections with media and the Obama administration:

“The list of prominent news people with close White House relations includes ABC News President Ben Sherwood, who is the brother of Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a top national-security adviser to President Obama. His counterpart at CBS, news division president David Rhodes, is the brother of Benjamin Rhodes, a key foreign-policy specialist. CNN’s deputy Washington bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is married to Tom Nides, who until earlier this year was deputy secretary of state under Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Further, White House press secretary Jay Carney’s wife is Claire Shipman, a veteran reporter for ABC. And NPR’s White House correspondent, Ari Shapiro, is married to a lawyer, Michael Gottlieb, who joined the White House counsel’s office in April.”

It’s wrong in this business to back a president and fall in line and stand next to any politician it doesn’t matter who it is. It’s also wrong to fight tooth and nail to try to destroy a politician and make them look evil or wrong. Just report the news. If you have an opinion write about it through opinion style articles, and back it up with facts.

As Ben Shapiro says facts don’t care about your feelings, and this goes to the left and to the right.

The solution to this problem lies in journalists, and readers to demand objective reporting,  and to avoid sources that are entangled in any way with our representatives and the people on top that we are supposed to be reporting about.

On a side note:

Finding the facts in this article was difficult, because almost every site out there takes a side, and defends that side, without looking at the truth objectively.