Truth isn’t actually always what everyone wants, obviously. I mean, people lie, businesses do thing they are not supposed to, and companies keep things from people. I feel like we all know this at some level, but we aren’t too worried because we feel the things they are keeping from us can’t be too big. However, when these things do get out, and they are big, I always thought the company is the one that suffered the most. Depending on the end result, whatever the journalist did was excusable. In this class I realized that is not at all true.
I knew people could get in trouble while getting stories, but I didn’t know it could be so bad that they could be discredited or worse. The whole point of them lying was to get the truth to the general populace, and if they exposed something that was very wrong, it shouldn’t matter what they did (within reason) to find this out. The problem should be with the person/company/business that was lying in the first place.
The whole point of journalism was to inform the populace. Now, people can go to jail for doing their jobs. And I know the textbook said that when journalist use excuses like “I was just doing my job” they are pushing responsibility somewhere else, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t true.