Media crediblity and WikiLeaks…
December 6, 2010

With so much of the news today being focused on this WikiLeaks issue, it would be appropriate to discuss the role media has within society. 

The growth of the Internet and technology in general has created this great debate over what is now considered news/reporting/journalism.  With the ability to connect quickly and hide behind the computer (for the most part) the way we get our “news” and the variety of sources from where that “news” comes from has changed dramatically.  Combined with the polarization of society into the left/right and there are now targeted sources for “news” that are biased toward specific political persuasions. 

Whether it’s CNN or FOX, Huffington Post or Rush Limbaugh, the accuracy is totally based upon the receiver of this information.  This in itself show that the credibility of our “news” is so tainted, that to accept the information being given is foolishness.  Yet the vast majority of people in this nation are doing just that…and passionately fight to support it whether it is actually true or not.

Then we get something like this WikiLeaks and people are enraged because the truth is being brought forth.  I am in NO WAY condoning the manner in which this information was obtain, but I found it ironic that reliable, credible information is being released…yet the spotlight is turned on the ones who have done the necessary work in bringing this forth. 

Isn’t that what reporting is all about…I mean were Woodward and Bernstein vilified?  Running for their lives?  Maybe they were, but I seem to remember that the real problems that were revealed through their work were the ones being held accountable.

Nowadays the focus is more on putting out “news” that supports positions (an if you buck the system, watch out).  We as a people are facing many challenges these days, let’s not compromise our expectations for those that we look to for insight into current events/happenings. 

Let us uphold a true standard of righteousness!!

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