Discussion #2

1.) Has news writing become too liberal? Why or why not? What do the words “liberal” or “conservative” mean to you personally in regard to journalism? Describe an example of each to clarify your point of view.

First thing’s first — what does “liberal” and “conservative” mean in regards to journalism?

a) Liberal.

  • Oxford Dictionary defines the term “liberal” as “Open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.

b) Conservative.

  • Oxford Dictionary defines the term “conservative” as “Holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.”

 

In an editorial written by Investor’s Business Daily (https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/media-bias-left-study/), they claim that most of today’s journalism is liberal. Here’s their mistake — in their headline, they say that journalism itself is left leaning, yet when they start to show their evidence, it shows that the journalists are liberal.

There’s a difference between journalism and journalists. Journalism is the activity or profession of writing for newspapers, magazines, or news websites or preparing news to be broadcast. A Journalist is someone who collects, writes, or distributes news or other current information to the public.

A journalist can be liberal without producing liberal journalism.

Here’s how: a person is separate from their job. For instance, I am currently in a political science course, but my professor has never divulged her own personal political beliefs. She is able to show all sides of any given topic without showing favor or bias to one side over the other. Yet, I’d be willing to bet $1 million that she has opinions that are either liberal or conservative, yet she doesn’t disclose them during our class because that’s not her job.

Journalists follow the same rule. We are a third party to the story and those who read it. I can have liberal or conservative views without showcasing that in my writing because it is not my job to give my opinions.

Like every teacher who says that they’ll never tell you their political leanings (but do anyway), yes, there are journalists who are biased. However, this is an exception to the rule.

A journalist’s main responsibility is report the facts in an accurate, credible and objective way. Those are the tenants by which we work. And the journalists I’ve known take that very seriously.

When I’m writing, I want to get all sides of the story, whether or not I agree with what’s being said by one source or another.

So, has news writing become too liberal? I don’t think so. If accuracy, credibility and objectivity is considered “liberal,” then there are bigger problems at-hand. Just because you don’t like the facts that are being presented, does not mean that the story is fake.

It is easy to identify what’s real and fake. First of all, don’t get your news from social media or tabloids — more often than not, it’s unreliable. Check actual news outlets. I like the Washington Post and CBS because they do a good job of explaining the topic they’re presenting and they present all sides. But, there are a million other outlets you could read.

Fox News and CNN have been labeled as “biased,” so if you want to avoid that, then don’t read it.

Facts are not a liberal idea and it’s actually harmful to conservatives to believe that. Facts  are facts, not opinions.

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