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The question is, was it ever really there to begin with???
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animegirl2222 wrote:

The question is, was it ever really there to begin with???


Not sure, there seems to be too many "secret clubs" within the reporting world, I mean hasn't there been two major "undercover and secret" media lists found out in the last couple of years?

https://youtu.be/jH8dejYGa5A?t=38s
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animegirl2222 wrote:

The question is, was it ever really there to begin with???


I believe there used to be, but quite frankly it's long gone.

Fox outright lies
MSNBC lies by omission constantly
CNN is a red headed step-child on twitter that can't make up its mind
And the majority of sites that used to do news online now have turned to click-bait mills.
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Journalism is just about the money. I never thought there really was any ethics to it. Whatever sells...
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It became bent to the way people want to hear it. People don't want to listen to things they don't like so they cherry pick what they want to hear. Not everyone is perfectly impartial. I would say I am a person who struggles with impartiality so I have to work at it every day. I fail sometimes, that's just how it is. The reason you notice it is because the internet allows like-minded people to gather into a hive mind regardless of political views.

It's also hard to be impartial in general. How do you remain impartial without falling to the Golden Mean Fallacy? This is literally the problem I have with impartiality.
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Well this is what I learned in history:
In the 1890s a new type of reporting called "yellow journalism" became popular, which was basically reporters either twisting or fabricating stories to create scandals or blow up a small, insignificant issue into a huge, interesting one. In short, they wrote to sell papers, not report the news. This type of reporting, while going in and out of style, has persisted and evolved over the years into the outrageous journalism seen today. In short, this is nothing new. *adjusts glasses*
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It's not journalism, it's us. Since our ethics have changed over the times, all journalism did was adapt to it. Don't try to shirk out of responsibility!
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what happen to ethics in journism?
profit.
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FruitPunchSamurai987 wrote:

Well this is what I learned in history:
In the 1890s a new type of reporting called "yellow journalism" became popular, which was basically reporters either twisting or fabricating stories to create scandals or blow up a small, insignificant issue into a huge, interesting one. In short, they wrote to sell papers, not report the news. This type of reporting, while going in and out of style, has persisted and evolved over the years into the outrageous journalism seen today. In short, this is nothing new. *adjusts glasses*


Oh I remember learning about this too. Did your class go into how this type of journalism lead to the Spanish American War?
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FruitPunchSamurai987 wrote:

Well this is what I learned in history:
In the 1890s a new type of reporting called "yellow journalism" became popular, which was basically reporters either twisting or fabricating stories to create scandals or blow up a small, insignificant issue into a huge, interesting one. In short, they wrote to sell papers, not report the news. This type of reporting, while going in and out of style, has persisted and evolved over the years into the outrageous journalism seen today. In short, this is nothing new. *adjusts glasses*


Oh I remember learning about this too. Did your class go into how this type of journalism lead to the Spanish American War?

Yep. Good ol' APUSH

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Money $ money $ money $

Did I say money yet?

If you wonder what happen to a lot of things it's because of money.... and that's the troof
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FruitPunchSamurai987 wrote:


chinesedoodle wrote:


FruitPunchSamurai987 wrote:

Well this is what I learned in history:
In the 1890s a new type of reporting called "yellow journalism" became popular, which was basically reporters either twisting or fabricating stories to create scandals or blow up a small, insignificant issue into a huge, interesting one. In short, they wrote to sell papers, not report the news. This type of reporting, while going in and out of style, has persisted and evolved over the years into the outrageous journalism seen today. In short, this is nothing new. *adjusts glasses*


Oh I remember learning about this too. Did your class go into how this type of journalism lead to the Spanish American War?

Yep. Good ol' APUSH



The course really is constant across schools. I feel relief, yet humbled that we are detestably in some ways no better or no worse than decades ago.
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I feel like the media today needs to compete to publish stories that will strike a "sensational effect" to generate readership. It also depends on how you present your numbers and facts, there's quite an art to manipulating numbers for them to have a bigger effect without necessarily infringing the law.

Who is going to read an article that says you should eat celery instead of I don't know, celery gives you cancer? There are way too many media sources and with today's technology, news travels so fast that literally every media source is publishing the same stories. You even see some firms publishing stories that were done by others, I'd assume they bought the rights to the article or have some sort of agreement, but yeah it just comes down to competing for reader numbers which ultimately affects the organization's bottom line.
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Money and leveraging power > ethics

That's just how the world spins. Unless we have actual ethical leaders. But how can you really tell?
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Money $ money $ money $

Did I say money yet?

If you wonder what happen to a lot of things it's because of money.... and that's the troof


^ Agreed. Bait and switch.
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