Once upon a time, the news was the news. There was no slant. No political agenda. No garbage to sell advertising. It was fair, impartial, balanced, and trusted. Journalistic integrity was paramount, and if a story ran, you could damn near take it to the bank. Today, there are things like this photo taken by one of the administrators at Survive the Streets: A Page for Cops:
How is this impartial? How is it fair? It is a news network jumping on a bandwagon for the sake of ratings. It’s shameful. Gone are the days when journalists could be trusted to deliver the news without bias.
It may seem like this post is biased itself, since I am using a liberal-leaning news agency as my target. That’s just what got me today, though. There are plenty of examples of Fox News doing the same, albeit on the side of the right. Does journalistic integrity exist anywhere?
My answer may surprise you. In 2011, I was fortunate enough to travel to Tanzania for a safari. While there I discovered Al Jazeera. Admittedly, I was very skeptical of the network. All I had ever known of it was that it posted various terrorist propaganda videos, or so I’d heard. As I watched it, I found myself glued to the television. There was no bias, just direct reporting on the facts of the news. It was the most refreshing thing I had ever seen in regards to the news media. I was pretty shocked. I was also saddened by what our news has become. Al Jazeera gave me the facts and allowed me to come to my own understanding and conclusions. It allowed me to think critically without influence. It gave my mind exercise. My experience with it begs the question, how can we get our news media back there?