Published: Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
"The function of the press is very high. It is almost holy. It ought to
serve as a forum for the people, through which the people may know freely what
is going on. To misstate or suppress the news is a breach of trust.” Justice Louis D. Brandeis U.S. Supreme Court [1856-1941] "Also, the number of entries in the Pulitzer investigative reporting
category fell by 43 percent from 1985 to 2010. Why is this happening? First, the
cost."Richard DavisI think professor Davis has hit the
nail on the head, like so much of our lives today, the pursuit of profit and
wealth has tainted a vital part of our nation. When there is no longer support
for the honorable work of investigative reporting, those in power will abuse
that power. " We have learned by sad experience that it is the
nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little
authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous
dominion." D&C 121:39Wo unto us if we cannot support, even
demand, the health and welfare of our investigative reporters.
Perhaps some perspective needs to be offered. Newspapers, either in
print form for us old guys, although I read the computer version while away from
the Wasatch Front, or e-form, depend upon advertizing money to survive.
Advertisers are linked to the political process and the market. Therein lies
the problem.Investigative journalism may offend or anger either the
business community or the "powers that be" and that effects the bottom
line. Rattling the bars in too many cages will be financially costly to a
paper. Hence a few peripheral articles will come to the fore, but much intrigue
and chicanery in high places will be whispered in the corners but not shown in
print. One other thing I keep in mind, is that investigative
journalism is not without bias or above supporting a particular point of view or
Bingo!This is precisely why "Freedom of the Press" was
hard-code written into our United States Constittution.The problem
is, Newspapers are "businesses" run by "businessmen" and
not Journalists, so their focus tends to chase stories that make the most
MONEY, not necessarily running down and reporting the truth.What's even MORE scarey, is that "Coroporations are
People", and "Free Speech" has now given the rich and wealthy
unlimted Access and Control of our Politicians, but also our Constitutional duty
of Checks and Balance of them.
Journalists should not only be investigating the truth of political rumors, but
all other "facts" presented to them for publication. The
majority of sources should be identified, although under some situations some
sources will need to remain anonymous. Items of opinion should be
clearly presented as opinion and paid advertisement/promotional articles should
also be clearly identified. "Newstainment" and actual news
are not the same thing and should not be confused. Reputable news sources who
wish to continue to be reputable need to advocate for themselves and point out
the distinction and differences.
Democrats loved Watergate stemming from journalists and secret sources. Now
they decry any investigation by journalists or Congress. I wonder what changed?
Nice theory, and sure they get it right occasionally. Some cherry picked
examples were provided in the article. However investigative journalism provides
a lot of cover or sandbagging, when they avoid investigating many of the
important events and issues, or they only investigate one side of the issue, or
only look for the result they wanted to find before they started. Happens very
I agree. I wish the DesNews would bring back its investigative journalism
effort that it killed several years ago because reporters were upsetting the
boys in power.
EsquireAgree. And I wish the same for CBS, NBC, ABC, New York
Times, Washington Post, LA Times, CNN, MSNBC, and about any other mainstream
news source you can think of. Right now FOX News is the only major outlet
bucking the system, and actually investigating stories. And look how they are
treated by all the aformentioned plus the Democrat Party and its leaders. As
you said, "... upsetting the boys in power."
happy2bhereclearfield, UTRight now FOX News is the only major
outlet bucking the system, and actually investigating stories. And look how they
are treated by all the aformentioned plus the Democrat Party and its leaders. As
you said, "... upsetting the boys in power."11:10 a.m. July
30, 2014====== Ha Ha Ha! -- seriously?As
FoxNews continues to lull it's loyal lemming listeners into obscurity....
Funny how there is only one local Salt Lake paper that does any investigative
journalism and it isn't this one.
Yes, investigative journalism is important and it is also important to note that
it is the left-wing posters on this site who are generally opposed to more free
speech or more voices in the conversation. (BTW: the courts never said
corporations were people - the court said that individuals retained First
Amendment rights when they organized into groups of individuals, such as
corporations, unions, association, etc. - so why is it that the left hates
corporate speech but not union speech? The court also said the FEC could not
allow "Fareheight 911" but ban "Hillary: The movie" - the court
obviously values free speech more than leftist posters do)airnaut:
Interesting how anyone with a different opinion than yours is a
"lemming": You checked the mirror lately?Also: According to
Pew, at any given point there are actually more Democrats (in actual number -
not percentage) watching Fox than MSNBC or CNN (because few people actually
watch MSNBC and it would likely not even exist except for the fact that it is
forced into cable packages).
I didn't know Mr Davis could write anything beside a BO cheerleading
article.open mindedI heard an interesting conversation on NPR
the other day talking about how the SCOTUS viewed corporations and what rights
they have. The SCOTUS first started granting those right soon after the war
started by democrats to protect slavery ended with a Union victory.If you have a complaint about how corporations are viewed, blame the dems who
started the civil war!
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