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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

When Journalism Is No Longer Journalism

Journalist often manipulate facts to shape a story. A reporter will omit a key fact that interferes with the preferred news narrative. For example, a lead to a story might be: "A hero firefighter dies trying to help a fire victim." The reporter, however, leaves out the fact this fireman died trying to save the fire victim's cat. This is done because the true, complete story makes the deceased firefighter, in this reporter's mind, less of a hero. In reality, the true story is more newsworthy because it is more layered, nuanced, and tragic. This kind of hack work in the name of journalism goes on all the time, and is a disgrace to the profession. Someday the word "journalism" will have to be deleted from the English language. Why have a word for something that doesn't exists?

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