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Blog 6: Should journalists and the media be objective?

I think it is very important for journalists and the media to be objective when presenting political news. It is their job as journalists to convey the straightforward facts so the public may understand what is going on in the political sphere. It is the people’s right, in this democracy, to be able to form their own opinions without any outside interference.

However, it is extremely hard to tell if objective journalism even occurs in today’s society. An article on CNN explores this idea that objective journalism is ‘dead’. It is astonishing to note that the article stated: 

Two-thirds (67.9 percent) of Americans surveyed think that “objective and fair journalism is dead,” while an overwhelming 89.3 percent believe the news media played a role in the election of President Barack Obama.

Nowadays, it seems quite difficult for journalists to refrain from advocating their political opinions into their news segment. However, when presented with this statistic, it seems that the news journalists have a large part in the election of the President. Partisan media is becoming ever more prevalent as major media conglomerates are ‘buying’ out smaller networks and therefore conveying one conglomerate’s opinions into numerous networks. With a variety of smaller networks sharing the same conglomerate’s opinions on issues, the public may begin to believe that these opinions are hard news.  

In my opinion, the news stations should be held responsible and trustworthy for delivering the truth and the facts to their viewers. The public needs to form their own opinions on topics without the initial interference of the journalistic media. Accordingly, the CNN article states:

“We found that 45.9 percent have permanently stopped watching a news media organization, print or electronic, because of perceived bias.”

It’s sad to think that people do not trust the outlets they rely on for their political information. In hopes to get their ratings back up, news organizations should attempt a ‘less bias’ program. If the people want to find out what others think about certain issues, they should have to look for it further in blogs or other paradoy news programs. The major news stations should not  be influencing public opinion.

A big majority – 73.4 percent – thinks all news organizations should provide equal time and space to multiple sides of issues, but 70 percent said the media should be free from government regulation that would impose fairness

In congruence witht the findings of this poll, a portion of Bill Moyer’s video “Buying the War” gives a recent account on how objectivity has been essentially eradicated from journalism.

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  1. March 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    The CNN poll is interesting. Interesting that the American public would perceive a core journalism value as “dead.”

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