The following is MY opinion formed from my personal experiences.
My distrust of news agencies/reporters started in the 1970s (this is when I started to notice the lies).
Of these three statements, all liberals hate guns, all conservatives hate abortion, all reporters are liars, the last one is the closest to being true (in my opinion).
I am sure reporters dont start out that way but I find more and more misguided, misleading and out right lies coming from reporters no matter what the media type they work for. Way to often people are misquoted or an interview edited in a way that changes the interviewees message.
I am sure this is not always done on purpose, but it is done way to often, if not by the reporter themselves then by their editors or the people in the cut room. Tell me this; How can a 30 minute interview with video footage be cut down to a 30 second news clip and NOT change the original message?
In high school I took a journalism class and wrote for the school newspaper. There were a number of times I was told to cut a story down because it was too long. Not just to many unnecessary words.
More then once I had to go back and say either print it as written or dont print it at all. I cant change the article length because it will change the message.
I lost most of those battles and stopped taking “Journalism” as a class after than. I didn’t care about my grade as much as I cared about my honesty and integrity.
If I could go back and do it again I would have continued to take that class in an attempt to fight from the inside (lets face it I was a teen and didn’t have the knowledge and tools then that I do now).
Now, unless I can verify the message on my own, I assume it is a half truth or an out and out lie. Far to often there are articles on the first 3 pages of a newspaper in large font with outrageous content, then a retraction or apology a few days later in small print found buried (if you can find it) on one of the back pages. The damage is done, just as intended.
(Stepping off my soap box)