The problem with the news today is the lack of facts.
Take the following two paragraphs. Both of these are from general news articles, and not from opinion pieces.
#1: We can verify that the claim of thousands of jobs lost is true, however, it can be misleading. A total of 1,000 people are now out of the job [sic] and there won’t be another 10,000 hires because the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline was axed by Biden’s order. However, Biden hopes to create 10 million jobs through his clean energy plan.
#2: Biden’s Day One decision to nix the Keystone pipeline quickly eliminated 1,000 union jobs and could kill 10 times more in construction jobs that were expected to be created by the project.
The tone of the first paragraph uses the adverb “however,” TWICE, to contradict or minimize the previous statements regarding job losses. While the reporter cannot deny the fact that 1,000 jobs are lost and that 10K jobs won’t come into existence, the reporter assuages the ‘bad news’ by floating the rather pie-in-the-sky notion that 10 MILLION jobs will be created through a program that doesn’t exist yet (Biden’s clean energy plan).
The tone of the second paragraph is more factually based, even as it’s more harsher in tone. It states the known fact that 1,000 jobs were lost along with 10K more to construction prospects. This is more in line with reporting the news, not a manipulation of the news.
Here’s how I would have written the paragraph: : President Biden signed an executive order on day one to abolish the Keystone pipeline project, which eliminated 1,000 union jobs and about 10,000 more in construction jobs that were expected to be created. Labor union workers were quick to criticize the decision, while environmentalists praised it. The Administration conceded the loss of union jobs, but pointed out that through a proposed clean energy plan, they will create 10 million new jobs. Biden can’t accomplish his $2 trillion clean energy plan unless Congress gets on board, meaning all Democrats and some Republicans will need to agree.
It used to be that reporters were required to report the facts, and that was all. Today, editors give much more leeway to tone and language, allowing opinion to creep into reporting. The goal is to get the audience to agree with certain points of view, not provide information. Audiences have become download receptacles, and are no longer allowed to come to their own conclusions based on facts, but to assimilate the opinions and politics of the editorial staff and media owners.
Today, citizens are gorging on news like never before, but starving for unbiased content that makes them think. (If your news doesn’t make you use your brain to evaluate and ponder, then it’s just force feeding you talking points for you to parrot.)
We need to return to the days where facts are used to convey information for thinking people to craft their own conclusions, not write op-eds, veiled as news, to sway public opinion.
Like Jack Webb’s Sgt. Joe Friday said, “Just the facts, ma’am.”