The United States may be the leader in the news business in North and South America but traditional values of news gathering are fast eroding with the result that “we are moving back in to a system where there is more partisanship in news,” says Paul Starr, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University.
Many people doubt what they read and hear in the news. In the United States, for example, a 2012 Gallup poll asked people “how much trust and confidence” they had in the accuracy, fairness, and completeness of the news reports of newspapers, TV, and radio. The answer from 6 out of 10 people was either “not very much” or “none at all.” Is such distrust justified?
Many journalists and the organizations they work for have expressed a commitment to producing accurate and informative reports. Yet, there is reason for concern.
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Nigeria’s historic election from the lens of US journalist
After a 20-minute meeting with Nigeria’s president-elect, Mohammadu Buhari, Editorial Director, Africa Desk of EIR Magazine, Mr. Freeman who says the new leader is aware of the enormous security and economic challenges in the country. Nigeria, Mr Freeman noted, should not expect help from foreign countries because western countries including the US are not in sound economic state to assist Nigeria anymore.