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I was struck by John Gogick’s comment July 20 (“Get online for deeper look into our stories”) about the “two historical missions of journalism: Get people’s attention and provide information in a context that gives it meaning.” I see media doing a very good job of the former but not the latter.

We are a McDonald’s/microwave/Headline News/social media society. Most people do not seek out the news in context at all. They read the attention-getting headlines and read no further. They form opinions based on headlines or sound bites. What is the responsibility, not the mission, of the journalist in today’s society?

I agree with Donald Gregory’s letter “TV options dwindling” in the July 21 paper. The media have too much power to create and to destroy. Old reruns on television and reading books are becoming more appealing.

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carcraft
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carcraft 07/28/13 - 06:16 am
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The Media has it's own agenda

The media has it's own agenda and it is not to publish the facts. The media has been to quick to take sides and not explore, and investigate stories. A classic example is the Travon Martin/ Zimmerman story. There was a rush to judgment. The same for the TEA party. The media basically tries to portray the TEA party as bigoted white racists. The media have even highlighted liberals posing conservatives carrying controversial signs! Great letter!!

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deestafford 07/28/13 - 07:23 am
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Both the letter writer and carcraft are right on point

The journalism schools are loaded with left wing instructors many who came of age during Watergate and were Woodward-Burnstien wannabes.

If you ask most journalism students why they want to go into journalism their response? "I want to change the world." It's not to report the news and what's happening.

With the internet and all the sources of information available today and the short attention span coupled with the multitasking of most people, it is no wonder people don't look at anything in depth. It's just like right now as I type this I have the TV on listening/looking at the news.

I think in depth focusing is a lost skill. I bet it would be seen as punishment to put a teenager in a room with a book and no TV, radio, ipod, smart phone or any other device and leave them there for three hours.

We are becoming a veneer world when it comes to information in that we just skim over many things an inch deep and a mile wide.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/28/13 - 07:31 am
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Government media "creates news" as it is needed to enslave.
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Look at the agenda and the results. Cause and effect. Look for the motive. As the Bible says, try every spirit and see if it is of God.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/28/13 - 07:32 am
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Truth has become subjective in a society of situational morality
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Truth has become subjective in a society of situational morality

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/28/13 - 07:33 am
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In the moment. Right now. The future consequences be damned.
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In the moment. Right now. The future consequences be damned.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/28/13 - 09:35 pm
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One-sided

Today's reporters (print, radio, and TV) have never been told to cover all sides of a story. Case in point is Tom Corwin's one-sided advocacy piece about the HPV vaccine he published a few days ago. He interviewed four people and quoted them. All four of them were proponents of vaccinating 11-year-old girls against the virus. There are responsible doctors and other scientists who caution that mass vaccinations of 11-year-olds is unwise. Corwin and The Chronicle owe it to readers to cover all sides of controversial issues. They do us a disservice when they cover only big pharma's side of the story.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/28/13 - 10:09 pm
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]go ahead and increase the

]go ahead and increase the risks of this population to cancer. Viruses are really interesting. A new pandarovirus is large enough to see with a light microscope, has a genome larger than many bacteria, and has genes unlike any life on earth. A lost extinct life of the Tree of Life. When we examined our genome we find only 1% is genes-most is redundant sequences called microsatellites (like VNTR used in human DNA fingerprinting). The reason we have this junk DNA is because of viruses. Most oncogenes linked with cancer comes from viruses. Now we know with impunity that HPV is linked with cervical, penile, oral, and anal cancers. We have a vaccination that can protect against the virus and cancer. It seems a no brainer-but forgive me if some have lost their freakin' brains. It isn't big pharma just plain science. I like EO Wilson (an evolutionary biologists) who appreciates that religions and science are the greatest conventions of humanity and we need to unite these fronts to understand our humanity. There is no conspiracy to try to help people from getting a preventable cancer. But go ahead a preach a pile of dung and let people die needlessly.

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gargoyle 07/28/13 - 10:33 pm
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It seems like print reporters

It seems like print reporters these days just pick a side then search the web for a press release to plagiarize. TV news went down hill with the use of producers to add entertainment value. Fact checking gets in the way of ratings and most don't read or watch for understanding what happened so we get what sells.

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