According to author Daniel Boorstin, “Hard news is supposed to be the solid report of significant matters… Soft news reports popular interests (From News Gathering to News Making: A Flood of Pseudo-Events, 89).” America has a skewed view of what news is. Part of this is because they are not taught the difference between hard news and soft. Regardless, the public has a right to know the truth. This was the basis for creating the First Amendment protecting the press. Some of the same journalists that fall back on this law are at fault for misuse of it to project their false intentions. False intentions are the basis of all Pseudo-news. Not saying that all pseudo-news is wrong, I will further explain how this is possible more extensively in this research paper.
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[...] The media was created to protect the public from the government, but sometimes it seems as though the public needs protection from the media. The media has teamed up with politicians that sponsor ads to fund their business and keep them running. It would not be loyal for the media to deny favors of a paying customer. Boorstin states, recent years our successful politicians have been those most adept at using the press and other means to create pseudo events” (From News Gathering to News Making: A Flood of Pseudo-Events, 87). [...]
[...] Hatchten's introduction of The Trouble's of Journalism prior to Jennings death he stated, “Peter Jennings commands a multimillion dollar salary not because he is a good journalist, which he is, but because his familiar face and delivery attracts a large audience to his ABC Evening News show and that means big bucks in advertising revenue” (xx). A famous face in the home is more assuring than a news reporter that has spent time finding quality sources to interview and checking facts in numerous locations just to see to it that the community is kept up-to-date- on public affairs. [...]
[...] It is important that journalists understand that the demand for various information is often only within a specific proximity and they should not continue to lengthen that time or kill that time, but let the public guide what pseudo events they write. I have gathered several materials from newspapers, both nationally acclaimed and local papers, as well as more scholarly journals that portray some form of pseudo-facts or relationship. Within these situations I hope to obtain answers to the following question: How important are pseudo-events to journalists, today? [...]
[...] Hard news' sole purpose is to inform its audience about factual chronological happenings of local, national, and world wide historical event. It should not have any personal opinions of the author. It should lack any bias that may taint the perception of the reader in anyway. If possible it should have a balance of materials exploring both aspects of the story. Nothing should be left out or added to the article that does not have immediate connection to the story, because this too may shift the readers understanding of what exactly took place and for what motive. [...]
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