Is today's news a truthful account of the day's events? Is it a blatant attempt to guide the reader's reaction to keep interests high? Or do entertainment corporations trying to make a profit overrun today's news? Should there be certain standards of journalism in news today?
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 in turn does not inform the reader enough to mak... Continues...