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Thursday
Sep222016

Do we need more positive journalism?

Some people think journalism is too focused on problems: War, disease, poverty, crime, corruption. Wouldn’t we all feel a lot better if our news diet were a bit more, well, pleasant? After all, there are a lot of good things happening!

Indeed there are, but life for most people is hard, so isn’t it dishonest to pretend otherwise? Positive news may soothe, but it doesn’t heal. You can’t positive-think humanity out of trouble. Most people are drawn to news about the pains and sorrows of life because that’s what they experience on some level every day. If not literal war or crime, then something else that causes fear. Problems can’t be solved unless that fear is addressed truthfully.

It’s not a revelation to say that what we need from journalism is truth – looking at problems and being courageous enough to tell where they really come from and what they portend. The best journalists do this. They are clear thinkers who know themselves well enough not to be fooled into misreading facts or accepting lies, whether pretty or scary, as truth. They don’t put personal, political, corporate, religious or any other agenda ahead of the obligation to search for and bear witness to the clearest and deepest truth they can uncover.

Evil has no inherent right to a platform. It has no legitimate claim to respect or even attention, except in the effort to expose it. One of the most important aims of journalism should be to uncover evil. Truth will take care of itself when evil is seen for what it really is. Christ Jesus called it a liar. It was a good start.

Insisting that the news media be channels for good news is not going to help humanity out of its multitude of messes. We need journalists who can help people see through the fallacies and manipulations trying to get their attention and demonstrate that truth is the only news we really need.

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