This journalist agrees

As a journalist, I don’t particularly like taking other journalists to task. There used to be like a kindred club of sorts where we all felt like we belonged and we just didn’t say anything about the others. We all worked together in a spirit of cooperation. But that has long since changed as the mainstream media, has gotten away from everything I was taught at the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism.
One association of journalists has even told us we should be standing up for each other. I don’t have a problem with that until it becomes unethical and starts harming the public. Fake news harms the public and news for the sake of having a story does the same.
Journalists are to be unbiased as possible, not have opinions in stories and certainly not insert themselves into the story. Though Professor Chisolm instilled in us we are not to be biased, I once challenged her and said once you put a lead on a story, you have, in a sense biased it. She looked like she was in shock at first, then a smile came across her face and she said, yes I was right in a sense. We never did talk about what “in a sense” meant but I got the point about being non-biased in covering stories and meetings.
Unfortunately, as journalists, all of us are lumped in together when it comes to media bashing. There is a big difference in community journalism and mainstream journalism.
Mainstream journalism has taken the turn of including opinion in the stories, sometimes to get better ratings. It’s a shame when they care more about ratings than integrity.
People want to blast President Trump over the Jim Acosta incident. Well, personally, to me, Acosta was way out of line. First of all, as journalists, we should be showing respect to those people we are interviewing or asking questions of, especially the POTUS. Respect goes with the office to a certain extent.
Acosta and other mainstream media members have taken to “baiting” the president with questions they know he will over-react to so they can draw attention to themselves. Yes, I sometimes wish Trump would just not react at all and let it go, but he is getting attacked from all angles and can’t catch a break, so I kind of get his reactions. You feel like you have to defend yourself.
Being allowed in the White House briefings is a privilege and if you abuse it as Acosta has, then you no longer have that privilege.
Jim Acosta is an egotistical narcissist who not only inserts opinion, innuendos and bias into stories, he also injects himself into the story. That is deplorable and irresponsible as a journalist. He never should have touched the aid either and when asked to give up the microphone, you respectfully comply. I think I would have had him removed right then and there and would not have let him in either. I’m glad his press pass for the White House has been revoked. We don’t need journalists stirring up more hate and trouble every time we turn around. Mainstream media needs to get over itself. They poster themselves like many elitists as if it’s their right to say and do whatever they want in interviews.
Freedom has responsibility and when you throw that responsibility to the wind, then there are consequences.
I personally agree with the President’s assertion that the caravan is an invasion. Acosta wanted to take the President to task about that and then began lecturing him in an I know better than you tone of voice. Really! Who does Acosta think he is. Well, if you’ve followed him you would know he thinks the world revolves around him. More than once he has violated journalism’s oldest rule — don’t become part of the story.
It’s obvious to me that Acosta and some other mainstream media journalists don’t really care about the truth of a matter to report at all. They now wear their bias against Trump on their shirt sleeves like the Nazi’s wore their swastika on their sleeves. Professionalism for them has been thrown out the window.
Think back. Did any of them act that way toward even Clinton or Obama? No and if they had there would have been major backlash. Even if they didn’t agree with them, they never would have dared accuse them publicly of anything and certainly would argue with or interrupt them. They were respectful, regardless. By the way, Obama had a reporter physically removed from a press conference during his term.
Not only are they making the rest of us look bad, they are fueling the public’s declining trust of the media and resistance to the First Amendment. Is that what they really want? I think not, but I could be wrong.
Our country has serious problems and enemies which need to be solved and worked on together. Not only is the President having to fight with the likes of Pelosi and McConnell, he has to deal with vain, narcissist media personnel.
These narcissists chasing their own vanity have turned these press conferences into something they were never meant to be in the first place – a sideshow. They are adding fuel to the flames of disrespect in our country and should instead be trying to set an example and get on board with striving for unity in our nation. Acosta called for journalists to march in protest and shout “we aren’t the enemy of the people. Well, Jim, actions speak louder than words and from one journalist (I use than word loosely in your case) to another, your actions say otherwise. You want respect; then start acting respectful. Man up and quit whining.©2018

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:


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Veteran journalist of 40 years. Editor, Motivational Speaker, Ordained Minister, CEO of A Light in the Darkness Ministries, Copy Editor, Copywriting, Event Planner, Lensclusive Photography, Babbling Brook Consulting and Design, event planner and author. I love to write and speak and I love Jesus. I also do copy writing and editing. Recently co-authored Vanished Towns Revisited.
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