John Hughes: Murdoch's troubles a wake-up call for journalists

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  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    July 15, 2011 8:25 p.m.

    proving that Faux news and politicians is the epitome of the tail wagging the dog is not a surprize to many of us.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    July 15, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    Wouldn't it be nice if every "journalist" had integrity? Wouldn't it be nice if we could trust them to do the right thing?

    That's simply not the case. You can prove it for yourself. Log your posts. Try a similar post in the morning, the evening, the week-ends. See which "shift" rejects your posts. See which subjects are controlled by someone behind the scenes who holds the keys, when the editor or publisher might be away.

    Dirty journalism is not reserved for Mr. Murdock. He may be guilty of a lot of things, but he certainly is not the only "dirty" journalist around.

    There are a lot of people who have decided that THEY control the media. Some of them are owners of multiple outlets, some are just frustrated writers who don't fit in today's society, who do everything they can to mold public opinion to fit their view of life. Those are the ones who we need to abhor. They refuse to use their names. They refuse to take accountability; but they, in their own way censor everything that we read. They control the press - until we go over their heads and email their boss.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    July 15, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    Mr. Hughes,

    Your thoughts on what journalists and journalism should aspire to are high-minded. At the same time, while journalists should strive for objectivity and professionalism, it's true that both individual journalists and their employers have agendas. The News of the World may have been unseamly, but the Wall Street Journal is every bit as ideological. As is the NY Times, the LA Times, NBC News, even the good old Deseret News.

    And that's OK. I know when I read the D-News that there is a underlying slant toward the interests of the LDS church. That's entirely their perogative as owners.

    Journalism should be held to high standards. It shouldn't be presumed to be entirely objective. It can't be, human beings produce it.