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Millions of people start their days by reading the news: picking it up from their doorstep, reading it on their smartphones, and watching morning shows. But are these reports reliable?
Those who view mainstream news media as a reliable source of information, argue that the media is responsible to serve the public as fact checkers of politicians and governments. They hold tight to the First Amendment guarantees of the freedom of speech and of the press. The Washington Post recently debuted a new tagline: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” The Post is claiming for itself a role of investigating the actions of government, shining a light into government processes, and holding it accountable.
Others claim that mainstream media is unreliable, is too quick to jump to a narrative, and even makes up facts. They cite examples such as the 2016, New York Times article criticizing Gary Johnson for not knowing what Aleppo (a city in Syria) was. That same day, the Times was forced to issue two corrections for publishing mistaken facts about both Syria and Aleppo. In January 2017, TIME magazine was criticized for mistakenly claiming that an MLK bust had been removed from the White House. Incidents such as these, critics claim, have led to media distrust.
What do you think? Is mainstream media reliable?