Can we trust the media telling us the truth?The media, like any industry, is driven by profit making.This is often achieved by creating sensational and attention grabbing news at the price of...

Can we trust the media telling us the truth?

The media, like any industry, is driven by profit making.This is often achieved by creating sensational and attention grabbing news at the price of exaggerating or distorting the truth behind the news stories. What do you think?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with you that the media's need for profits means that it sensationalizes the news and that it picks attention grabbing stuff to report.  However, I would say this does not mean we will not get the truth.  Instead, perhaps we are getting the wrong truths or the truths we don't need.  We are also getting the truth spun in ways that make it more exciting.

For example, if the press chooses to dramatize some horrible murder instead of reporting on the state of the economy, are we being lied to?  No.  We're just not getting the truths that we need to hear about.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is still a fair amount of objective and responsible media out there, you just have to know where to look.  If you are looking on your television, then no, you can't trust them to tell you the truth, or even to tell you the news.  They are much too busy trying to entertain you and make money.  There is very little profit in keeping you properly informed.  From my viewpoint, and on cable news especially, their programming is becoming more and more similar to a reality show.  A bad one.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There was a time when journalism and other medias were thought to be a noble profession. British parliament had three branches, and the media (specifically journalists) was considered the "fourth estate." Some thought they were the most important of all branches. However, time and distance has created a different perspective both in and about the media. Now money seems to be a bigger motivator than the truth.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The news media is a business and is in business to make a profit. Their profit is related to the number of viewers. Now there there are so many media outlets the competition is even stiffer. I would agree that each news network puts their own spin on the news in order to try and attract their targeted viewers.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I don't think the media always tells the truth. The purpose of the media is to profit. Even news sources are trying to make money. We should always be skeptical about anyone who is trying to sell us Information. Amazingly, I do think a lot of truth comes out. We just can't depend on it.
liltoy95 | Student

I agree that the media wants money and wants to entertain you, but what if they do tell us the truth? To what i have experienced many people rather choose not to be part of a big problem and rather watch it. Is just like at many schools, where many students get bully and a lot of people dont do anything. And as the problem gets bigger they just choose to ignored it. I know many of you are not like that but we have to open our eyes and see whats around us and what does our world really look like.

sparrow13 | Student

the media never tells the entire truth therefore i dont usually trust it. there is always some element of truth in stories but as you have said, they are looking to make substantial profit and will change stories in order for it to sound more interesting which then leads onto more people wanting to find out about it. this is where the big money is made. i agree with #5 that there are some organisations in the media that do tell the truth but on the whole i do not think that we can trust the media to tell the truth

frizzyperm | Student

Can we trust the media telling us the truth? -Wzhen

Not if you watch Fox News! 'The Media' is not one thing. It is many many different organisations. Some are good, some are bad. Some try very hard to be objective. Some happily mislead the public.

If you want to have the best chance of objectivity and independance, may I suggest The British Broadcasting Corporation (The BBC). It does not rely on advertising for its income, instead the British public pay an annual fee to support it. So it does not have to please any big corporations or the government. They are not perfect, but if you want to be sure about a news story, your best chance is the BBC.