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Has Our Media Gone Too Far in Covering Stories Based Upon Opinions
by Jeff Houdyshelt
08/08/12
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Is our Military Racist, Gabby Douglasís Hairdo, and ex porn star backs Romney, are just a few headlines that borders on the ridiculous and attempts to place a stigma on innocent people. Just how far are our journalist going to go to broadcast a wide net to draw in readers for ratings. Especially, when those articles have no merit of fact, and are structurally designed to place a label on the intended targets of their opinionated reporting.
Where do our reporters get the right to just print anything they want just to draw in extra readership for their publication? Reporters once based their works on hard earned sources that supplied fact to report first class stories that drew loyal readers because the people knew their work was worthwhile to read.
I am not at all against criticism, there are many times when criticism in a story is not only needed, but a duty on the part of the media. Where the media goes too far is when they target an organization and/ or person based on opinion and not viewable facts.
There are stories such as with Gabby Douglas's hairdo. I realize the story blossomed on Twitter, but the news media picked up on the scent and turned it into a national story. Why is it that a 16 year olds hairdo warrants worldwide attention, are there not enough tyrannical world leaders committing murder and genocide? Those stories are the ones that need our attention? Those stories that can make a change in our lives, and the lives of people around the globe.
Yes, there are stories in our sports world and this Olympics that should draw legitimate coverage and criticism. However, save the criticism for articles that is actually worthy of print, and as a writer I often write about my viewpoint and opinion in my articles. I try to give my opinion in a manner to not criticize the group but those that lead the group.
Our political coverage is another area in which our news media goes haywire when hearing of a minor slip up or speaking gaffe as it is called. As if those journalists that covered those gaffeís, had never placed their own foot, in their mouth a time of two. We need to focus on the real issues in this election year and less focus on the slip of a tongue that may have inadvertently caused a party to feel slighted.
Journalist can choose to spend their careers reporting minute flaps, and like those articles they will fade away like the wind. The journalists that grab acclaim are the ones that take on hard issues, cover the stories that could change the world, and stories that change peopleís lives.
Those are the type of journalist that we need reporting our lives, problems, and triumphs. The oneís that chose to report their opinion on minute simpleton stories, will find their career scraping the bottom of the barrel and their career will not be one that is remembered, and will fade, just like their stories on simplistic matters that added nothing of journalistic value.
Most journalists make a career reporting wonderful stories of success and of complete and utter failure, and do so quite well. You see I am not going to do as some have and say that Journalism has overstepped the bounds by reporting simplistic stories that are only written to sensationalize a meaningless event.
To pose a question such as is our military racist is an open general question that leads the reader to believe that the military fosters a subculture of racism. This places speculation on all those men and that are serving or has served or died. The sad thing is there will be people that believe that Authorís opinion based purely on his personal view.
Iím quite sure that there are racistís in our military, just as there are criminals. However, to place a shadow of widespread racism is spread in an environment is dishonoring to all those that serve and have served honorably. Just as I could not say that all gay people are inherently bad. Anyone with any sense knows that is not true. But if I just place a general question it can taint the 99% that are good, law abiding citizens.
Writing just to gain a readership for sensationalism is not what journalism was based or designed for. Journalism is a career where you can choose to rise to the top or be stuck writing stories and articles that amount to nothing but your 15 minutes of fame and that is all.
I chose to criticize a Journalist because he wrote an article attacking our military, and I responded in a personal way and not in a professional one. Mr. Srinivasan I apologize for my personal comments.




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