The Importance Of Fake Truth In The Media

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Journalism is a pivotal part of the public being exposed to information about the happenings of the world (Wilke 2013). Journalists are required to provide an honest depiction of events that would be otherwise hidden in plain sight. With the increase of platforms to receive information, such as online reporting, the public is exposed to a wide variety of inaccurate facts that negatively skews the levels of trust that exists for the press (Richardson 2017 pp. 1-3). It has become harder for journalism to remain as influential as it once was due to the growing distrust from the public (Keane 2013, n.p.). The greatest challenge facing journalism today is the lack of trust it receives from the public, especially due to the idea of fake news and alternative facts. This compromises journalism as it allows for the circulation of misinformation, which diminishes the credibility of journalism. The Lindy Chamberlain case and the Belle Gibson controversy will be used to support this claim.

Credibility is a necessary element to journalism. It impacts how the public
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Fake news is directly related to the downfall in public trust in the press. When the public receives information from the media that is not accurate, it affects how the profession, as a whole, will be viewed in the future. This is a large part as to why fake news is a big issue facing journalism today. It is easy to spread false information, especially in the competitive world of journalism (Kovach & Rosenstiel 2007, p. 41). As it is so easy to access news nowadays, journalists need to be ahead of the curve on information to appear credible and remain relevant, something that is not always attainable. Not checking sources and spreading inaccurate facts are common mistakes made by many journalists (Leber & Schulman 2017, n.p.). This will be explored later on in the essay with the Belle Gibson
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