If you’ve reached this part of my blog and immediately feel the need to call bull on my title, hear me out. I may have a bias but I’m not a very good liar.
Following the lovely presidential election, journalists all across America were criticized left, right and centre. Biased reporting led to people being told that Clinton would win , but then being surprised when Trump won. This, combined with the new president elect’s negative outlook towards journalists has led to a phenomena I like to call mistrust.
People don’t like journalists. They think we’re sneaky people who would willingly oppose any morality for a lead. They assume we go out with only our own self (or our publisher’s) interests in mind. Most of all, they think we shouldn’t be trusted.
Guys come on. We all don’t work for tabloids. There are some of us who care about the world we live in. Some of us work hard to uncover the truth because we actually care about who sees it.
And don’t give me some crap about all of us being sneaky and untrustworthy. That’s stereotyping and a clear case of double standards. So its okay for us to be criticized when we make a mistake and stereotype but when people rope all journalists as untrustworthy and bad people that’s completely fine.
STOP PUTTING DECENT JOURNALISTS ON THE SAME LEVEL AS THOSE WHO ARE NOT SO DECENT.
one journalist ≠ the entire media
That means if there’s one or two bad apples, all of us shouldn’t have to suffer. I get that the media has not been the most reliable but don’t rope all of us in the same boat.