- Posted September 28, 2013 by
Watertown, New York
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Correcting Lies About Obamacare is Not the Job of a Journalist?
"Studies have shown that SEVENTY PERCENT of Americans don't understand what Obamacare actually does or how it impacts them.
Now Chuck Todd, MSNBC, thinks that it's the White House's job to "sell" the program, but make no mistake, if Chuck Todd and all his other colleagues at NBC News actually fact-checked all the lies that Republicans tell about Obamacare, that number would be much, much lower.
So our media must accept their culpability in the ignorance of the country.
If your job is to provide information, by any metric, this shows that news organizations have failed the American people massively."
This goes for CNN and all the other news networks as well with the exception of FOX News for obvious reasons.
"It's not hard.
A journalist informs his/her readership of facts.
When non-facts are provided for partisan purposes, it is not "doing the job of the White House to sell" a government program to say that these are LIES.
That's reporting. That's journalism.
Someone who just repeats what's said to him without placing it in context is called a stenographer."
"Chuck Todd’s assertion that correcting Republican lies isn’t his job is factually incorrect and counter to the purpose of journalism."
All journalists from CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC News and MSNBC journalists know that correcting political misinformation and lies is part of their job description.
PBS knows this. FOX News does not. We can excuse them from this conversation because of what we all realize is their purpose.
Why is this important?
"In a Morning Joe segment this week on misinformation about the Affordable Care Act, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd made the outrageous claim that it isn’t his job to inform viewers when Republican politicians lie about political issues.
How is it possible that the Political Director of NBC News doesn’t think it is his job to inform NBC viewers with facts about important political issues?
One of the most important jobs of the media is to distill facts from lies and help people understand what’s true and what isn’t.
By casting himself as an outside observer who has no role in helping the American people separate truth from lies, Chuck Todd has completely abdicated his responsibility as a journalist.
As a regular NBC and MSNBC viewer, and a politically engaged American, I’m deeply concerned by Chuck Todd’s view that correcting lies is not his job, and what it means for the country I love.
This shouldn’t be hard.
Journalists are supposed to inform their audience of facts.
Given NBC News’ policy of not informing its viewers of the facts about the Affordable Care Act, it should come as no surprise that 70% of the American people don’t understand what the law does.
Make no mistake, if Chuck Todd and his other colleagues at NBC News actually fact-checked all the lies that Republicans tell about the Affordable Care Act, that number would be much, much lower.
NBC News must accept its culpability in Americans’ poor understanding of the law.
If NBC’s job is to provide factual information to its viewers, it has totally failed the American people."
When it comes to accurately reporting the truth, do our journalists have the responsibility to discern the truth and then report that truth to the American people?
photos of Chuck Todd, Glenn Greenwald, the late Michael Hastings, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden.
Yes, it takes courage to tell the truth about our democracy. Some have paid the ultimate price in their pursuit of that truth.
But maybe these decisions have more to do with what is seen as what's 'non-controversial' so as to not alienate potential advertising dollars or viewers.
There's always FOX News for those that have trouble with the truth being reported- GOP television.
We would hope to see more courage from those that produce the news and those that report it.
Americans need the truth from our news about what our government does- whether it be on the secret negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, our foreign policy or a health care law that will affect all of us.
Without that truth, is it any wonder that so many Americans continue to make decisions that are against their own interests?