In the warping of the broadcasted news and other published reports that the public is capable of viewing, the accounts of the events that happen are changed either but an infinitesimal amount or just altogether for one reason – to only appease the ears of the viewers, which includes the American people. But in attempting to comfort the audience, newscasters and journalists are actually putting the United States in greater danger. Since the cover-ups have continued about the Fukushima station being sanitary and unpolluted again, the radiation that arrived from Japan has caused “the infant mortality rate [to have] risen on the west coast by 35% [and by] 2% across our nation” (Cohen). If the citizens in the western area of the United States had the knowledge that the disaster was an issue that was still active and moving, the death of those infants killed could have possibly been prevented. When the media preserves the truth, the readers and listeners are wounded worse than they would have been harmed if they had discovered the conflict at hand at the beginning.
Not only is dishonesty insecure and precarious, but also immorally wrong. Even though the definition of journalism is “writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation and without opinion,” the press that issues newspapers does not follow this guideline. “Today's establishment media practice very little journalism and they devote minimal resources to reporting actual news. Instead they have become a mechanism to create and maintain public perception. They spend most of their resources to create a false reality for the public while they distract you from the most important issues facing our world” (“Media Deception”). The people should have the privilege to know every single ounce of truth about the world because the media is not certain whether or not the information they are concealing may affect those who they are keeping news from.
Although the televised networks and newspaper printing presses cover up many of the events that go on today, in the future, the citizens of the United States will have knowledge of the deceitful lies that were spread and of the harm that Americans went through because of these. “Once [they] see it happening [they] will be better able to evaluate information and [they] will be able to spot deception for” themselves (“Media Deception). Following their recognition of these, who is to tell what the people will do next? If the people of America cannot even trust those who are providing information to them over television, the Internet, and print, what makes the government and its officials think that citizens will want to cooperate? Because of the results from the Fox News Boycott; which claimed that “the Federal Communications Commission position against news distortion is only a ‘policy,’ not a promulgated law, rule, or regulation;” the media and the government assume that the people cannot do anything about the falsehood being spread (Gaddy). However, they are unintelligently mistaken of the power and the influence of the people and how they impact themselves. Mediums should think twice before they decide to be dishonest about the news since the breakout of an angry mob or another type of corrupt uprising is likely to happen before long.
On the whole, the incident in Japan provides countless reasons that elucidate why broadcasters and newspaper reporters should not misrepresent stories. Not one single person deserves to have the wool pulled over his or her eyes and have the truth hidden from him or her by the media since conveying false stories about informational sources and reports does not aid in the prevention of criticism or menace but instead makes matters much worse. Precluding citizens from having the right to know what occurs in the world is iniquitous and should be displayed as unconstitutional because the fact that “ the First Amendment gives broadcasters the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on the public airwaves” is corrupt and incorrect (Gaddy). As for the lies that are already spread out around the world and those that are being created at this moment in time, pandemonium could most likely break out and dismantle the government and its precious media if all is not revealed sooner or later. Subsequent to examining what was said to have happened and what actually occurred and is still taking place in the surrounding areas and at the location of the Fukushima site, one should be able to construct an accurately rational and logical prediction to what may come about the community, the nation, and the world in the next several years.
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