The Importance Of Deception In Journalism

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Journalists aspire to always report the truth, but this can have bad consequences based on various cases raise the question of whether the journalists should sometimes lie or deception (Williamson, n.d.). We can relate this with Stephen Glass cases. As a journalist it is his duty to always report the truth about everything. However, he did not do what a journalist is supposed to do. As consequences, the public lose their trust on him. They did not trust whatever that had been told and they refuse to believe his reports and writings.
A lie is a false expression made by someone who believes it to be false with the intention of deceiving someone (Williamson, n.d.). It is proven that Stephen Glass’s intention is to lie and made false statements. Glass had entirely made up all of the quotation, sources and even the entire articles
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He was not honest doing his work as a respected journalist. He also does not have the moral values and also do not follow the ethical code of journalism. He trick is readers and make them believe in lies that he wrote. He disobeys the first code of ethics which is to always tell the truth. To gain respect and trust of the readers, the journalist needs to always tell the truth and also never make up any stories, sources that are not true. The journalist that involved in deception and fabricating the news will be banned from any other news organization. Other news organization will not jeopardize their good name by taking this kind of people. These people are the bad example and will not bring any benefits to the organization.
Deception in journalism may be deemed, in extreme cases, of true professionalism, to be in reality the only moral choice. However, the journalist must be entirely sure not only of their own reasoning and motives, but also that they are ready to carry the deception as far as necessary, and for the consequences they will face (Jen, 2009).

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