Opinion: Know Your News, Don’t Spread Ignorance

News reporting should be more accurate.

Written by AMY FAN / Published June 29, 2012 

There’s been a flurry of reactions in the media recently, with both the passing of Obama’s healthcare mandate and law, and the embarrassment of many news stations in getting the wrong information.

Both CNN and Fox News were faulty in their reporting — CNN running an entire article on the mandate being struck down and Fox News running a headline. Other news stations made similar small errors, like Huffington Post in a tweet.

Though part of these mistakes may be blamed on the vague statements of the judge before the ruling was passed, this doesn’t excuse the rashness of reporters and journalists to declare a decision before it’s given.

News, especially high profile national news reporting groups, needs to adhere to facts and be extra thorough in their reporting, especially with stories of political importance.

When reporters and journalists fail to do their part to educate and inform the people, the people in turn, spread misinformation and ignorance.

What’s even more boggling than the reporting failures is that masses of people on the internet are now complaining that they would “rather move to Canada” than face Obamacare.

Whether this is caused by misinformation by news stations such as the ones mentioned above or a general state of ignorance, I’m not sure.

But it’s completely ridiculous that the same people that oppose Obamacare state that they want to move to Canada, where socialized healthcare is at its peak — the point where our healthcare is moving to in the first place.

Are people trying to be ironic, funny in their own way, or are they really deluded to the point where they don’t understand basic economic and political concepts?

Is it the chicken or the egg? Do ignorant and careless people create reporters and journalists of the same quality, or does biased and unhelpful reporting and journalism cause those kind of people?

In our society, there’s enough fear and confusion without the mess-up of facts. Frankly, there’s something strange with our society when a celebrity’s outfit-of-the-week is deemed more important than urgent environmental hazards or sociopolitical conflicts that happen here or far away.

When (or if) we’re not reporting about trivial matters, we should at least strive to give the most accurate, careful, and unbiased stories ever. It’s the least we can do for a country starved for truth and force-fed lies and inconsistencies.


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