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Honesty in the Media

In a time when businesses issue honesty tests to potential employees and large corporations are found guilty of insider trading, it’s not surprising that over half of today’s public do not trust the press, which is slowly being overtaken by corporations.

Currently, I am reading Helen Thomas’ novel Watchdogs of Democracy? The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public. When one of the leading journalists of our time comes out with a book of this title, it is hard not to believe there are serious problems in the field. Thomas writes to the press, “...the truth, rather than an agenda, should be the goal of a free press.”

From the misinformation leading to the current War on Terror and cover-ups spanning decades, the press is in a precarious position between reporting the truth and being labeled as un-American, or reporting biased information. What every journalist should know, however, is that truth is the purveyor of a true democracy.

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