The information about current events people usually get from the media. That means we have to believe in something something we haven’t experienced by ourselves, but only heard from others. So it is very important to be sure, we can trust in information provided by media, but how can we be sure that they are not lying to us?
Actually lot of people doesn’t believe in all the mainstream media such as newspapers, news, radio etc. There have been many surveys carried out about this topic and the results almost in every case show the same – people don’t fully trust in media. If we look at all the research results in general, almost 60% of the people do not trust in media at all nor do not completely trust. There is base for this doubt, because there are many reasons why we can’t truly trust in media.
First of all, media is a business and just like in any other business the main objective is to get profit. The easiest way how media corporations can get the profit is by providing information that auditory wants to read or hear. Probably media won’t just invent the news by themselves, because they need to use references to the source of information, but they can present this information in desired manner. That means the auditory will get the opinion about specific topics not based on they own thoughts, but by what media tells.
Also the government has power over the mainstream media. Most of the news contains information about the politics. Unfortunately this news in most cases is no truly independent and reliable. Governments only want to make the auditory agree with their politics so lot of things is not said until the end. As long as government itself will be the source of information, news won’t be truly reliable.
Also the journalist ethics is not always being respected. Journalists can fabricate stories if they have some benefits from that. For example, someone can simply buy an article in the newspaper. Unfortunately there really are some corrupted journalists who allow this to happen. Also lot of journalists has extra jobs as pubic relation specialists, so they can make the news in their client’s interests.
If we continue with the job of journalists than many time news are influenced by journalist own opinion. That doesn’t means the news are totally fake, but it is possible to make things more dramatic or opposite – more meaningless. IT all depends on how journalist feels about the specific topic. If the journalist is not professional, news are not independent, so they are also not completely true.
By knowing this we could assume that we definitely can’t trust in the media nowadays, but actually it not as bad as it might seem. It all depends on media corporations and journalists professionalism. High quality media will never let something like this happen. So the most important thing is to know the difference between high and low quality media.