Where have all the reporters gone?

A friend pointed this out to me early this morning, and it’s been playing on my mind ever since.

“Star joins global climate crusade”

“As the Copenhagen summit kicks off today, 56 newspapers in 45 countries have united to demand action.”

I don’t think newspapers have ever really been impartial, at least not totally.  I’m pretty sure that for as long as there have been news agencies, there have also been editors and reporters picking and choosing their news – deciding what they want the readers to know and not know.  Such is the nature of man I think.

Journalists are supposed to be a special breed though.  In Canada and the United States, Freedom of the Press is law.  It is law, under both the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the US Constitution that there is a free press.

What is Freedom of the Press? Simply put, it is the Freedom to print or publish without governmental interference.

And while governments are expected to abide by this fundamental freedom under democracy, journalists are expected to abide by certain standards as well.  A code of ethics – A code of principles that direct journalists in their work.  Throughout the world existing codes have some differences, but most share common elements such as he principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability.

The whole reason for a free press and a journalistic code is so that people are properly informed of what is going on around them.  At least that’s what I grew up believing and that’s what I learned in school.

Journalists are not bloggers, and they are not politicians, or partisans – at least not while they are putting their name under a by-line.  So when I see something like, “Star joins global climate crusade” and “56 newspapers in 45 countries have united to demand action.” I ask myself why, and then I think back to some of the key words that are supposed to govern journalism: Objectivity, impartiality, fairness.

Now I don’t care where you stand on this issue, at least not for the purposes of this post.  You can agree with climate change, or global warming, or you can think it is all a bunch of bunk (and if you’ve seen previous posts here or on the BT Forums you’ll know where I stand)!

Whatever your opinions, you can not reasonably tell me that for a major newspaper, major newspapers, that it is perfectly justifiable to pick sides, to openly say to its readers, “We have chosen this!” That is a breech of everything that a journalist is supposed to stand for.

The media, print or otherwise has a duty to report both sides of this story, and of every story – until one is proven truer than the other.

Neither The Star nor the other 56 newspapers mentioned should be supporting anything in this regard.  They should be reporting everything.  That and that alone is their job!

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3 Responses to Where have all the reporters gone?

  1. Kevin says:

    That is why the whole industry is dying. People want to be told what happened by the MSM not how to think.
    They are not doing their job and people are turning to alternative sources. The MSM thinks they are being clever and changing public opinion to their own way of thinking. What they are really doing is committing collective suicide.

  2. dmorris says:

    We read at SDA yesterday of the law of unintended consequences where ,in jolly old England, a large steel producer has decided to shut down and sell off its carbon credits rather than try to stay in business and be taxed and taxed and taxed……………

    I can’t wait to see several marginal pulp and paper companies here in Canada opt for the same.

    Perhaps when we have an unemployment rate of 15% or more, the blind will finally see,but I won’t hold my breath.

    As for the Reporters,they have all the credibility of the Hadley CRU gang,and I wish them nothing but the worst in the upcoming Holiday Season,the one that used to be called, um…..what was it now???? Had to do with somebody famous………?

    And a very unhappy New Year to them as well, unless there’s a more politically correct for that term too, in which case,I apologize in advance for any tender feeling I might have inadvertently injured.

  3. Hoarfrost says:

    Did you notice that the The Toronto Star was the only significantly sized newspaper IN THE WORLD to be so biased. Don’t think that the people of Toronto aren’t beginning to notice. It may take a while but they will see their comeuppance.

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