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November 08, 2005

Ain't Ain't a Word

I've been quite reluctant to discuss David Murray, Joel Schwartz, and S. Roberts Lichter's It Ain't Necessarily So (IANS) because it utterly defied the notion of unbias. Prior to reading this book and taking the news writing course, I understood that the news offered segments of facts. Our responsibility, as an audience, was to research and seek out answers for the gaps which occur due to time restrictions.

The authors in their introduction mention: "The news isn't the truth, and the truth isn't news." Clever passage, but what does it truly mean?

Is the news in fact a lie? Do we live in a world which solely produces fictional stories? And, what is news or truth for that matter? As "consumers of knowledge, [we should] demand clarity and certainty" (Murray, Schwartz, and Lichter 9). Clearly, this quote was written when communism was falling in Russian. And certainly, it was stated either because the country wanted to hide its instability from the world or to expose the lies told under the Soviet Union's government rule. Which answer is correct? Like the Washington Post (on pg. 5), "there is no answer."

Maybe news isn't about truth; rather, news exposes truth. Granted, we live in a world where we've accepted any given "mediated portrayal"; but, I would hope that journalist strive to reveal the realities and truths to the people. Must their job center on spoon-feeding audience? Some may agree and some may disagree. Yet, the fact remains that IANS created a loose portrayal that audience aren't capable of individually searching for the truth in a news story. We are "unable to gain immediate knowledge" (8). That may be the case for some instances, but it ain't necessarily so.

Posted by BethanyHutira at November 8, 2005 04:18 PM

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