- The American people deserve a better media: one that learns and remembers the role and responsibility it holds as the fourth estate. Not only do we deserve it, but the survival of American values and functioning also requires it.
- We must force (political leaders) to think about the consequences of their words and their policies. But to do so we need a probing, intelligent, and courageous press - long MIA.
- Part 1: American Media Is Failing Us
- Part 2: A Very Good Question for all Candidates and Reporters
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: American Media Is Failing Us
I truly believe that the American people deserve better media that learns and remembers the role and responsibility it holds as the fourth estate. Not only do we deserve it, but the survival of American values and functioning also requires it.
Anna Nti-Asare, Huffington Post
This piece was co-authored by Isak Nti Asare.
01/14/2016 | The media, which is considered the fourth estate for the position it holds in democratic functioning, plays a crucial role in the U.S.... or at least it is supposed to. According to Dr. JP Shea, the following comprise the media's purpose: informing the public of what is happening on a local and international scale, provoking public debates in order to encourage more public participation in important national decisions, uncovering abuses and applying pressure for their rectification, "aler[ting] and mobilizing public opinion to humanitarian causes and injustices," demonstrating political diversity by highlighting different views and approaches to issues, and keeping politicians in tune with public wants and needs as well as giving politicians a platform to express their proposed policies.
Shea goes on to explain that with this huge role comes many responsibilities, that include maintaining a distinction between facts and opinion, using only trained and professional reporters who know what they are talking about, and explaining issues without trivializing nor sensationalizing, among others.
Anna Nti-Asare: Writer and teacher based in the Bay Area. Stanford University BA, University of Cambridge MPhil - Specializes in Race and Gender Studies.
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Part 2: A Very Good Question for all Candidates and Reporters
Honoring life is caring for the living - be that the poor mother or the child. If the reporters could only focus on the everyday lives of everyday people we might force (political leaders) to think about the consequences of their words and their policies. But to do so we need a probing, intelligent, and courageous press - long MIA. We need reporters without borders.
Sherman Yellen, Huffington Post
02/08/2016 | If there is one response to a question made by reporters and politicians alike that sets my teeth on edge it is "Now that's a very good question!" I find that the only reason the questioner is being complimented is because the person who is being queried has a stock answer for that question in his or her hip pocket.
The very good questions are rarely if ever asked during political campaigns. My very good question for today follows: Why do skilled reporters fail to ask the follow-up questions of candidates that seem so necessary? At least they do seem necessary to me.
Sherman Yellen: Screenwriter, Playwright, memoirist, and Lyricist
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