News you don’t want to hear isn’t ‘fake news’

Jeff Jeffries
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JEFF JEFFRIES ◆ GUEST COLUMNIST

The term “fake news” is used quite often in today’s political climate.  If you are one of those people who like to rely on the moniker “fake news” to foolishly rescue you from news you don’t want to hear, you might just be the type of person who would seemingly believe the world to be flat.  The truth is sometimes hard to accept.  Whatever your political leanings, you can not denigrate our press for reporting what is happening by repeatedly labeling the “I don’t want to hear it” news as fake news.  That is juvenile behavior and I fear it threatens our very existence as a nation.  Unfortunately, some “important” people in our society rely on this moniker to dismiss what is being revealed to the public by the media. They don’t like to hear the truth so they refute it by trashing it and trashing the people or the organization that wrote or broadcast it.   Oh yes, then we hear “liberal media” being blamed and this label is used as another escape hatch from hearing the truth.  Sorry, that dog won’t hunt.  The major networks and newspapers do sometimes get a story wrong.  And when they do, you know what happens.  They correct it.  In some cases, where reporting of facts was shoddy, they fire people who have not lived up to the journalist’s code.  Consider the following quotation from the preamble to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics:  “Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity.”

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