The definition, the very role of the media is meant to be as a mediator, between politicians, doctors, scientists, policy makers, sports stars, celebrities, and anyone else of interest, to the general public. The public should be able to trust then, that the media will, to the best of their knowledge, present them with factual evidence. I know until I started studying Media and Communications, that I was guilty of taking what I read or heard in the media at face value, not really questioning the information I was receiving. I trusted the media to tell me the truth.
But, in fact, journalistic norms can sometimes get in the way of the truth.
The ‘norm’ of presenting a balanced view in media debates must be questioned when one side of the debate has very little professional support. Take for example, climate change. This is a global crisis which will…
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