My accolades to the Chicago Tribune for taking a first step to return journalism to the USA.
The Chicago Tribune article titled: Changes coming to paper to clarify what is news vs. what is opinion, reports the paper will separate the news from opinions of columnists “to make clearer to what is news reporting and what is opinion writing.”
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate an ancient wisdom proverb about gossip and extend my accolades to the Chicago Tribune for taking a first step to restore the purpose of journalism to the USA to hopefully accomplish what Mark Twain stated news journalism should accomplish.
Proverbs 17:9 – He that covered a transgression seecatch love; but he that repeated a matter separated [very] friends.
Proverbs 18:8 – The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Mark Twain 1863
“A newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it.”
“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”
What’s My Point?
If you discern the above proverbs with Mark Twain’s statements and consider that when news is not separated from opinions, and some opinions are tainted with views that are borderline gossip, the result of news can be detrimental to what the purpose of news journalism is supposed to be as taught in journalism school courses.
“The first purpose of Journalism is to provide people with the information they need to be free and self-governing.”
In My Opinion
The Chicago Tribune has taken a leadership role to restore journalism to separating truth in news from opinions and gossip.
Mark Twain recognized the significance of what journalism is needed in a Democracy. To make people mad enough to do something about it to be self-governing.
What we are now experiencing in our nation is the sad result of too many news sources inserting opinions and gossip which is serving to make people mad about opinions and gossip rather than truthful news journalism.
Read this Source Links Below.
Did the Chicago Tribune make a wise or foolish first step decision for journalism to be restored to the purpose to provide information need for our Nation’s citizens to be self-governing to maintain a Democracy principal as envisioned by our Nation’s founders?
Or is news reporting being slanted and misinforming reader’s “bellies” by certain principals who instead have self-interests in the news they are reporting?
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Chicago Tribune July 28, 2020
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