Apparently, at least one poster is complaining that it’s so patently obvious that the media have an obligation to the truth that I should be able to simply pick up a High School civics text to know the answer.
And yet, I still haven’t gotten a real answer.
Sure, many if not most individual journalists are personally dedicated to fact, truth, objectivity. Or at least, what they perceive to be those things.
But “the media?”
Now, I assume we’re talking about news media here. The news media which are owned by capitalists. They are beholden to their stockholders and their advertisers and to their customers. They have an obligation to report what will make money. What will gain and keep viewers, listeners, and readers.
That’s their obligation. Not truth–unless their customers demand the truth and hold them accountable.
But I cannot see an inherent obligation or responsibility. I wish there were.
So, for those of you who do believe that media have a fundamental and inherent obligation to truth, or even fact, please, please, please explain to me why they have that obligation and from whence it derives.