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To answer these questions, the reader must understand the definition of news. Jack Fuller best defines news as "a report of what a news organization has recently learned about matters of some significance or interest to the specific community that news organization serves." Journalism in today's news is not the same as it was over half a century ago. The reader can see this in Jim Squires' statement that journalism "even at its worst and most unfair... once had as its goal a quest for accuracy and perspective that would eventually provide truth." Whereas news, itself, is best defined best defined by the Hutchinson Commission on freedom of the pres in 1947 as a "truthful, comprehensive, and intelligent account of the day's events in a context which gives them meaning." So what has happened to journalism today?
Journalism no longer seeks accuracy and fairness. There are many fallacies in the basis of today's journalism. Journalism today has the tendency to try and persuade the reader's reaction. It has become biased in this same sense. Journalism concentrates more on the negatives than the positives. It lacks the background information needed to better educate the reader making an opinion. The entertainment industry has taken over control
of some publications in order to influence readers and turn a profit. The reader's opinion becomes swayed by the impact of these tendencies, as well as the writer's own opinion of the situation stated in his/her report.
One example of the fallacies in today's news is the lack of background information given on the subject. Very little background information is recorded, which i
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- Jack Fuller best exemplifies The Golden Rule by suggesting "that the reporter must try to put the case against his conclusions as forcefully as he would want an opponent to put the reporter's own arguments." ...
- Fuller states that the journalist might "call all close factual issues for the weaker party or shade the way he put both sides' arguments in order to give the weaker side a chance of persuading the audience." ...
- Jim Squires states that news should be a "truthful, comprehensive, and intelligent account of the day's events in a context which gives them meaning." ...
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