Media Should Reduce Fact Checking


When we sit down to view or read the news we expect and rely on a credible source of information. In reading or viewing it is up to us to determine if more information is warranted. A problem that I see with the media is that it is having to fact check along with providing information from whomever it decides to interview or discuss. This is where the media is caught in a trap because the news is sandwiched in between viewpoints and reporting. Naturally, any opposing person would be quick to blame the media as altering the interview or hinting at its own credibility standard.

 

The media has an intricate delivery system. If you are a newspaper, then you only have an avenue of reporting by a cutoff deadline. The news changes like the wind so that printed newspaper article could potentially become old news by the time it is delivered or read. 24-hour news networks or online news perhaps provides too much news. After all, it must refresh its content if the news story lay claims that its information was taken out of context. This is why I think we have too many political television and radio shows. Each one delivers its own perspective, and in most cases, so one-sided that it becomes an extension of the media which is supposed to be a neutral agent of reporting. In any case, it’s difficult.

 

President Trump has a unique and unorthodox way of creating a news cycle. I remember when President Reagan would speak before a camera it was as if your trusted uncle was telling you a story that made you feel secure. However, when you peeled back the layers, you found that the delivery was great, but safety was questionable. Trump, on the other hand, will shoot from the hip creating an almost circus-like atmosphere with tiny organization or focus. To me, Trump has a subliminal way of changing the subject matter where you begin to wonder what was the original question?

 

While I am appreciative of our media, I must ask that media only report what Trump says and not interpret or provide viewpoints. Let the American people do that. Yes, the media can help become a part of diplomacy but let the world judge Trump by his own words. That alone may be enough for the world and general public to quickly assess that we cannot afford to keep him in office or make the same mistake at election time again. When the media interprets or provides fact checking then perhaps it is getting in the way of what the opposition party should be doing. Let the Democrats step up and become the fact checkers. Eventually, the Trump train will run out of steam and coal of credible information.

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Author: dsdaughtry

“You’re punching and you’re kicking and you’re shouting at me / I’m relying on your common decency?" I tried to become vegan (it was the worst 6 hours of my life), Blogging Columnist, Army veteran, economic liberalism, Arizona State alumnus, and a graduate student at University of South Dakota. I hope you enjoy my site! | B.A. Organizational Leadership | M.S. Political Science

2 thoughts on “Media Should Reduce Fact Checking”

  1. Hmm…. when he makes an off-the-cuff remark about SNL… yeah… ignore it… BUT…

    Despite the media circus that the news has become… A Free Press is a cornerstone of a free, informed, electorate.
    When he, or his people, make false statements and reference events that never happened… the media, and that includes FoxNews… are obligated to counter it and provide Fact Checking.

    Because… the SAD reality is… especially those older that did not grow up with the internet, or even home computers… DO NOT understand. They were never lied to by the people on the TV… or in their newspapers. They grew up with TRUSTED media sources with a sense of ethics and morals. They don’t understand the lack of compassion, empathy, accountability, or work ethic that the generations below them grew up WITHOUT learning.

    Fact checking will be a necessary evil until we figure out how to reign in fake news sites and make social media sites like FB responsible for false stories being shared that are made to look like ‘real’ stories, even using the same magazine and news headers (and at least one ‘real’ copied byline) to try to mislead people and/or to get ad click $$$.

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