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Fake News Threatens Credible Journalists

In today’s world, the role of the media has been quickly changing. Within the first few days of Donald Trump’s presidency, the nation learned that there is a need for strong professional journalists to help spread real news. Any time news is published that contradicts President Trump’s beliefs, he labels it “fake news.” The media plays a huge role in society and ensures that no one has to be left in the dark about what is happening around the world.

On Sept. 11, 2001, New York City’s World Trade Center was struck by two airplanes. Most people remember where they were when they heard about the news, and some even watched as the second plane hit. Without journalists, people in California with family in New York may not have been able to hear about the tragic attack. Journalism plays a very important part in connecting the world together.

“Don’t believe the mainstream (fake news) media. The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it,” said Trump in one of his many tweets.

With the wide variety of available news sources, some citizens are tuning out the facts and only reading articles that agree with their opinions. Republican Senator John McCain disagrees with Trump’s comments that any news that does not agree with his opinion is fake news.

“If you want to preserve — I’m very serious now — if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press,” McCain said in an interview with CNN.

Journalists now have a uniting cause: to fight the “fake news” slam. Quinnipiac University conducted a poll to show how Republicans feel compared to other Americans on the matter of trusting the media versus President Trump. Based on their results, 86 percent of Democrats said they trust the media more than Trump. When it came to Republicans, only 13 percent said they trusted the media more than Trump. For the past few years, Trump has started to make an impact on people and their views of media, especially within the community of Republican voters.

Because of this, it is even more important for up and coming journalists to have all their information correct before publishing an article. However, with the switch to digital news sources, it is hard to get a 100 percent accurate article out before another news source jumps on it first. The slam of fake news has taken a toll on journalists. Most journalists have editors who look over their work to make sure there is no “fake news.”

Another problem is that people do not know the difference between credible journalists and writers who produce fake news on purpose, hiding behind the veil of the Internet. Despite what people may say, news organizations such as ABC, NBC and CNN all give their real names so they cannot be anonymous. They try not to be overly opinionated and try to get sources from both sides of the argument. These news organizations follow the same standards as Fox News, which Trump prefers.

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” tweeted President Trump.

Journalism matters more today than ever before in order to keep Americans in the loop with all positive and negative events that are occurring in the world around them.

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