What is truth? The future of Journalism- an Editor’s Opinion
The scriptures recorded Pilate as saying “What is truth? Pilate asked. And having said this, he went out again to the Jews and told them, I find no basis for charge against him” John 18: 38 The Jews, specifically the power brokers of the temple, used the power of the government to eliminate Jesus, a threat to their power, control, and riches of Jerusalem. The execution of Jesus, indeed truth, they thought, would return their hierarchy back to the rule over the people.
Fact is defined by Webster as “something that actually exists’ reality; truth. -n”. A account of something that happened-adj. Bias, on the other hand is defined by Webster’s as “a particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling, or opinion, especially one that is preconceived or unreasonable: illegal bias against older job applicants; the magazine’s bias towards art rather than photography. Unreasonably hostile feelings or opinions about a social group; prejudice.
The press first appeared in America around 1692, in Boston, in the form of a publication known as d “Publick Occurrences”. Having no permission from the crown, nor authority to publish occurrences, the publisher was arrested and as many copies as could be found were removed. The first successful newspaper was founded about 1705 by post-master John Campbell. The circulation was called the Boston News-Letter. It was supported, in part, by the crown and had limited circulation. It grew to include Philadelphia and New York.
Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1787 “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
Article one in the Bill of Rights states “Congress shall make no law.. abridging the freedom of speech or of the press.
What is truth? The question asked over 2000 years ago is still relevant today. Is truth a perception based on bias? Is truth delicately altered to support a narrative or imply the context of a fact to support a particular organization’s beliefs? Is speech truly free?
The press, once a proud establishment for reporting facts that keep the citizenry engaged and the light shining on the dark halls of the government is no longer accepted as always being without bias and factual based “stories.” During the Civil War “specials” [ reporters ] were the darlings of society and idols of young people. It is argued that this was the birth of modern journals and newspapers as we understand them to be today.
Through this period of the late 1880s with a free market flowing generously and the forward momentum to seize capitalistic interests, Hearst became known as a major player across the country. The circulation was so wide-spread it is rumored that his writing on the War of Spain is what sent our Navy to war in 1898.
Throughout this period the first reports of franchises and media consolidation were birthed by the swallowing of independent journals into the primary brokers of the time, primarily Hearst. Others were to follow and today’s media landscape centers around a few primary organizations that continue to hold a monopoly of media outlets, newspapers, radio, television, and cable news.
Indeed we generally accept the “liberal media” with the “slant to the left” as a way of life in America.
Once upon a time, the press reported the facts and kept the average Joe informed and moreover protected them from the shenanigans of the government, large organizations, and other societal influences that impacted everyday people.
Brent Bozell of MRC has written extensively on the subject of the bias in the press and has worked hard for many years to keep citizens informed, far beyond “fact checking” of who reports truth and who does not.
The mission of all journalists today is to report the fact. The evidence todays suggests the media’s mission is to manipulate the thoughts of otherwise free people and protect powerful figures and entities at home and abroad. As Hearst implied to the people when riling them up to demand America engage in the war of Spain, just as much today the people can demand their government, all levels, to act. What compels you?
What is truth? Truth is based on facts that are based on reality. The heritage of the media has evolved as technological advances have within our society. The press often reflects the characteristics of a culture and gives an indication of what matters to the public.
It is the duty of journalists to report the facts, remove opinions, and personal bias of the journalist when providing content. Journalists are driven by their sponsors. As is prevalent in most industries, the media caters to the keeper of the purse strings. You and I have the power to change that. You and I have the power to hold not just public representatives accountable but the goliath known collectively as “the media” accountable.
As the internet technologies have evolved so too has journalism. An industry once controlled by a few power houses have expanded to include “citizen journalists”. Technology has given our culture “fake news”, opinionated blogs, and “sexy headlines” that are simply untrue. The intent is to compel the reader to click on a story and many times the article’s headline has little to do with the content. The content more often times than not is media bias and opinion infused with facts to imply truth.
What is truth? Truth is not what you make it or the implication of casting a light that favors a corporation, political party, or candidate. Truth in its simplest form is an account of things that were actually stated or actions taken.
NNN, Net News Network, was birthed with a simple notion: This is truth, what will you do with it. In maintaining our journalistic integrity we will continue to report the facts and leave it up to you to determine your own opinion. We have embraced and created the first Social Media News Network to combat the bias of the “leftist media” and bring facts to you, results of investigations, and provide you with the truth. This truth is reported even when it does not please our sponsors or a truth about a candidate, a politician, or a business we would prefer not to share. Facts are facts, truth is truth, and the news should be without bias.
We are entering a stage of giants with powerful hands that protect other powerful hands. We may be a like David, a small child, but David prevailed over Goliath, and truth will also prevail of fiction.
Together, you and the rest of the people, have the power to change the media as much as you have the power to change the government. The media over the years had taken much of this power away but your support of Net News Network, One American News Network, and MRC over the media monopolies is what will shift the power back into the hands of its rightful owners; We the People.
America, the most powerful nation in the world, was birthed through a handful of colonist who overthrew the world’s most powerful military force, Britain. It is time for a new revolution in the media and we will lead the charge, reporting truth to you regardless of the cost. Lets stand up as one America and demand truth, accountability, and responsibility.Channel : NetNewsJournalsGeorgia.sm NetNewsCatster: John Thompson