As we are aware, freedom is a precious commodity especially when it involves the right to express opinions as opposed to reporting news. Many reporters in the modern media organisation no longer report what they see, producing a view of the world which their paymasters think is the appropriate image to be peddled to the masses. No longer are reporters respected as well-informed individuals who put before the public true and valid statements, but those who churn out a politically biased view to meet the hatreds which are only inflamed by a type of reporting having more in common with Dr Goebbels than a free press.
If reporters showed their political colours openly, stating quite clearly that they are reporting from a certain stand point then their views would have a degree of legitimacy which they don’t have by claiming to be completely open and unbiased. A lot of Television stations now have a political agenda and should be open and honest about where they are speaking from, your cannot say I am being fair and open but then continually attack one side or another.
The freedom which the press enjoys is because they should be reporting facts openly and honestly, but if they are just political mouth pieces then they have no legitimacy and should not enjoy freedoms which are embedded in law. Truth has a price, open and fair reporting is good for democracy, but, if we criticise state controlled Television as just the mouth pieces of corrupt states, then that criticism can be turned back on multinational corporations who have a political agenda. Do they have the right to tell us how to live our lives, how to vote? They are no longer a free press, they are merely a means by which to manipulate people’s views and opinions along a certain path.
Money can buy many things but surely our thoughts should be free to make decisions which can be of immense importance to everyone in the world, not just told you should vote for the party of their choice, not one of your own. Freedom is a precious commodity, do not let people with vast sums of money destroy it because they think what they are doing is right, it may be they are right but you have to allow people to make their own decisions from the facts presented to them.
Newspapers, radio and Television stations should state that the NEWS they are putting before the public is being presented from a certain political stand point, then it it is fair and reasonable. That is all I ask for, Honesty!