Truth, Integrity, And The News
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Truth, Integrity, And The News

Journalism in a Donald Trump Presidency

Truth, Integrity, And The News

What is a journalist? The American Heritage Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus defines journalism as, “The collecting, writing, editing, and presentation of news in print or electronic media.” The second definition is “written material of current or popular interest.”

Last week during The Academy Awards, The New York Times, a staple in the journalism community ran an advertisement called The Truth. The advertisement is black text on a white back ground saying different things about the Trump Administration’s many actions. Before the ad came out President Trump tweeted about it saying, “For first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!”

Donald Trump has been anti-media ever since and even before he came into office. He has taken shots at The New York Times before, one of them said, “Really disgusting that the failing New York Times allows dishonest writers to totally fabricate stories.” This tweet comes from the many articles that The New York Times printed about Trump that reflect his presidency in a negative light.

Journalism as a whole has taken a lot of heat from the Trump administration and while this newspaper was able to stand on its own two feet and rise; others have not been as fortunate. For many years, CNN was considered one for the most reliable sources for news.

CNN has come under speculation many times since Donald Trump was elected because of multiple fake news stories emerging from them. One was that during the election thousands of voters did indeed write “Harambe” in on their ballot during the last election. This article was found to be false and the mistake was immediately corrected.

Journalism is supposed to be about reporting accuracy, but under this president the media has been turned into some sort of machine that is working against him. Whether that is true; journalists are always supposed to remain unbiased, even though some of their stories may not seem that way.

One news organization that has been known for its conservative bias is FOX News. Many shows on Fox News, such as The O’Reily Factor, have been shown to favor Republicans and conservative ideals over that of liberals and Democrats.

In the end, it is not the media that has placed Donald Trump in a negative light because with most of the things that he has done as President are negative. The travel ban was a disguised Muslim ban, Planned Parenthood was for more than just getting an abortion, and Transgender people have the right to use whatever bathroom they want. Journalists aren’t wrong, but he is!

The term “alternative facts” came about during his presidency because of the media’s portrayal of Trump. An alternative fact is just a lie and what the media is doing is not lying but rather they are informing the public about the atrocities of this administration.

In this war between the President and the media, the score stands tied with Journalism having one point and Trump having one point. The only thing to wait for is the next move and see what he else about his horrible presidency he decides to blame the media for.

The New York Times, “The Truth Commercial”:

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