As someone who has never been interested in politics, a combination of my major—journalism— and recent events have tossed me into the ever-changing current that is politics and left me to fend for myself.
In doing so I stumbled upon an article about six journalists that were arrested for covering the violent protests on Inauguration Day.
This resonated with me on a personal level because what ran through my mind is “someday this could be me.”
While I knew a career in journalism meant that I would be faced with adversity, it never affected me in a personal way.
The films All the President’s Men and Spotlight also epitomized for me the significance and impact that a journalist’s career has worldwide.
A true journalist’s goal is to seek the truth at all costs and release it to the public, even if that means going against the masses.
The issue so many have with the mass media, as of late, is that journalism has morphed into yellow journalism or, exaggerated writing rather than factual writing.
This sways the public toward the “wrong” side and then Facebook debates along with much “un-friending” ensues.
If mainstream media was unbiased, as it should be, with only facts presented, people could make informed decisions regarding which side they support.
In the words of Mr. Trump at the CIA headquarters, “As you know, I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth.”
Human beings can be highly opinionated to begin with, and once you give them the power to share news on a mass media outlet, the situation is begging to be taken advantage of.
In spite of this, journalists can only overplay the material they are already given, otherwise they would just be spewing “alternative facts.”
As active citizens, it would behoove us to not only read an article, but also verify with several other reliable sources.
News and opinion pieces are meant to deliver a message not make a final verdict.
When journalists and readers harmonize, genuine stories as well as judements, can be made.