Richard Davis: Citizens and society need investigative journalism

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 31, 2014 7:26 p.m.

    I didn't know Mr Davis could write anything beside a BO cheerleading article.

    open minded
    I 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!

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    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)

    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).

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    July 31, 2014 7:14 a.m.

    Funny how there is only one local Salt Lake paper that does any investigative journalism and it isn't this one.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    July 30, 2014 1:04 p.m.

    clearfield, UT

    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."

    11:10 a.m. July 30, 2014


    Ha Ha Ha! -- seriously?

    As FoxNews continues to lull it's loyal lemming listeners into obscurity....

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    July 30, 2014 11:10 a.m.


    Agree. 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."

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 30, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    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.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    July 30, 2014 9:31 a.m.

    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 often.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    July 30, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    Democrats loved Watergate stemming from journalists and secret sources. Now they decry any investigation by journalists or Congress. I wonder what changed?

  • Maudine SLC, UT
    July 30, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    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.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    July 30, 2014 8:36 a.m.


    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.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2014 6:41 a.m.

    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 issue.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    July 30, 2014 5:32 a.m.

    "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

    "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 Davis

    I 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 121:39

    Wo unto us if we cannot support, even demand, the health and welfare of our investigative reporters.