It used to be when the general public got its news reports in print or over the airwaves, they were factual and did not contain opinions of the writers or commentators – only information that was already confirmed.
The commentators and writers leap to their own opinions as to why the facts happened and elaborate on them to the point many times as to who caused the bad news and who created the good news before they get to the real facts of the story.
This year’s reporting on the networks about Presidential politics is certainly taking that path in reporting.
Before you even know the news being reported, you often are told the reasons why it took place, good or bad and who was responsible for the good or bad from the reporter’s viewpoint.
And, in that way, the partisan reporter got the message he intended across.
It would be much better reporting if he or she gave the basic facts of the news first, why it’s being reported and then reasons why it happened if they are known. A reporter should be reporting on what happened and not necessarily why it happened unless that is the main part of the story.
Especially these days when we turn on the TV news channels, we often hear the reporter giving the reasons why this public official or that candidate said or did what he is reporting on favors such and such before he even reports what he did to favor it and not why he favored it.
That often is because the reporter favored what the public official or candidate said or did.
News television networks usually give similar analyses.
Nowadays, a TV viewer can sometimes know what the reporter is going to say before he or she says it.
This is because, if the reporter is reporting about a candidate or public official, he or she tries to learn the facts of the story before he starts to report on it, which is okay since it gives the reporter some knowledge of its importance and the amount of time he should allot it.
But many times, the news reporter will put words into the mouths of those being interviewed to get the desired story – not the fair story.
It seems that nowadays many reporters try to pull words out of interviewees mouths to make their stories more interesting to the public.
That is not the purpose of news interviews.
They are supposed to get the rock solid information of what happened in real life in the story so the public actually knows what happened in today’s world.
That is what it was in the old days when news was factual and bypassed the actual happenings going on the day at that time.