What Americans Can Learn from Journalists

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Read/Watch/Listen to the Primary Source

One of the talking points from the White House regarding President Trump’s Impeachment is to “read the transcript.” However, from holiday dinner tables to segments on The Daily Show, we are finding that not a lot of voters have actually read the full transcript. Worse yet, there is the discussion that the “transcript” is actually a summary of the call rather than a word-for-word recap.

There Are Not Always Two Sides to a Story

HBO’s The Newsroom had its fair share of fictionalized drama, but there were also some bits of golden advice sprinkled throughout as well. In one of the earlier episodes, the team discusses the issue of bias and comes to the conclusion that they will not present both sides of a story if one is clearly wrong regardless of if it makes them appear to show favoritism.

A Good Debate is Based on Respect

The exact wording of the First Amendment goes “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” Therefore, most Americans are aware that journalists cannot be censored (except in specific cases) by the United States government. Instead, they self-impose a set of ethical standards including the directive to “Minimize Harm.” The statement from the Society of Professional Journalists reads “Ethical journalism treats sources, subjects, colleagues and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect.”

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