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  1. I was 16 and the only boy in Journalism class. I desperately wanted to be a newspaper reporter when I ”
    “Grew up”. My teacher was Frank Weatherhead. He taught me that, as a reporter, you tell the “What” (What happened) the “Where” (Where it happened) the “When” (when it happened) the “Who” (who was involved in what happened) the “Who” (who was involved in what happened) and, if you can find out factually, the “How” (how did it happen) and the “why” (why it happened) of the story. His other directive was that a good reporter never becomes part of the story. You are just what the name implies – a “reporter”. Sadly, I never became a newspaper reporter but I never forgot the lessons. I wish more of today’s “news media” would have had Mr. Weatherhead as their instructor.

    • Absolutely! I for one, wish you HAD become a reporter. I would have searched for your by-line every time. So I enjoy your novels instead.

  2. “…a so-called journalist, oh so subtly, with a little word choice here and there, slipped in what appeared to be a biased point of view.” What happened to “just the facts, m’am”? I really hated it when we started getting an overload of this sometime in the 90’s. And it will continue because of financial elites who already deny public forums like the ngihtly news freedom of speech-thus leading to “Unchallenged, in time, only might will rule.” TY, Sue!

  3. Well said. I’m sick and tired of news commentators-so called journalists from all networks rolling their eyes and editorializing on news stories at best, and at worst deliberately misleading the public. One tool I found is a site called mediabiasfactcheck.com which is free to use, and allows the reader to search a publication, reporter by name to check their bias slant. It’s also very sad that too many people don’t critically think about what they hear from a reporter.

    • You bring up a good point (as well as a great site!) Freedom of the press is a two way street. Yes, reporters should report facts after checking for accuracy. But we citizens must learn to think critically. Too often, someone will tell me, with great conviction, something I know to be false. When I ask ask where they came up with their information, they shrug and usually say they don’t remember. Or it’s from some hazy source. Still, it’s hard to critically think because after looking at all sources, we become confused, and rarely have the time to “get to the bottom of it.” I’m pretty sure the elite molders of public opinion rely on that.

  4. Unfortunately so very true, Sue! I also see where we readers are being manipulated into passionate responses, solidifying the great divide between left and right. I have friends who stalwartly endeavor to view news “from the other side” in a valiant effort to hear all opposing opinions; I admit, I cannot bring myself to do that.

    I admit that my views are more liberal and have evolved over time due to circumstances of my lifestyle and from my profession. I frequently question why certain journalists talk out of both sides of their mouths, endorsing untruths so easily. All I can do is pray that these people will experience their comeuppance and fade from the public’s memory.

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