Am I the only one who gets sick of the biased mainstream media?
I thought that the national media owes the viewing public the facts of any news story or situation they are suppose to be covering. Did I ask for their opinion? No. But they sure give it to me and it rarely lines up with my own opinion. I want the news that has been investigated objectively and then have the anchor shoot it to me straight. Let me decide on what my perceptions of the facts are. I understand that most printed news historically has provided the current news and then behind that they have an op-ed page listing all the different viewpoints and opinions from the spin doctors. That is fine. That adds flavor and thought provoking ideas for me to consider however, now all I get from the national mainstream TV news outlets are opinion based propaganda of current politics and current news that fits the liberal agenda chosen to indoctrinate me with.
Slick suits or pretty smiles with long legs deliver the news with a condescending tone telling me how I should believe and follow the doctrine of political correctness. The President himself utilizing CBS news from within the white house to force feed the viewers with his health-care bill pitch. Every night, hour by hour it is a constant barrage of liberal brainwashing pouring forth from the tube. It appears that I’m not the only one sick of it because there are so many cable news outlets that cater to the conservative viewpoint of politics. Ratings are showing that these alternatives to the mainstream news are pulling in far better ratings. But I must admit that I also wonder about the accuracy of the conservative outlets also. Although, I am pretty much convinced that the latter out performs in the category of objectivity than the former.
I also wonder why the duty to report is often neglected by both the liberal and conservative news agencies. Take for instance the A.C.O.R.N. scandal of voting fraud during the last presidential election combined with all the other forms of corruption behind this non-profit taxpayer funded organization. It simply took two very young filmmakers and a camera to take down the taxpayer funded organization of thieves. Where were the major news organizations? Were they told to turn a blind eye to this enormous scandal? Or did they simply choose to ignore it for political expediency and better access opportunities on less challenging stories to pursue.
Shame on all of them!
The following is the journalist creed. Maybe all the news outlets should follow this creed and report the news fair and accurately.
I believe in the profession of Journalism.
I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of responsibility, trustees for the public; that acceptance of lesser service than the public service is a betrayal of this trust.
I believe that clear thinking, clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.
I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true. I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.
I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one's own pocket book is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another's instructions or another's dividends.
I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.
I believe that the journalism which succeeds the best-and best deserves success-fears God and honors man; is stoutly independent; unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power; constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of the privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance, and as far as law, an honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship, is a journalism of humanity, of and for today's world.
A Creed for My Profession: Walter Williams, Journalist to the World by
Ronald T. Farrar University of Press 1998 ISBN 0-8262-1188-7 Missouri