An open letter to journalists across the USA:
It seems a lot of you have either never known or have forgotten what your job is.
Your job is not to continually tell us POTUS said this, and then said that, and then blamed the media for getting it wrong. In those cases, my journalistic friends, you are being played. While you’re busy reporting and re-reporting the same stuff that frankly doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, a lot is going on that you aren’t focusing on. It doesn’t really matter if there were 2 people or 2,000,000 at the inauguration. Let me say again, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if POTUS thinks Alec Baldwin is a no talent hack or that Meryl Streep is overrated. Truly, it doesn’t matter. Stop reporting and rehashing these stories. It doesn’t matter.
What matters is the things that affect those of us who live in this country. What matters is what our healthcare will look like, whether we’re safe in our own homes and neighborhoods, whether we have a job so we can afford our mortgage and send our kids to school where they have a chance to get a good education. What matters is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Your job, in case you missed this class in school, is to report the facts. Not the facts with a left spin, and not the facts with a right spin. Just the facts. Let me be the judge of what it means. That’s my job. You tell me the who, what, when, where, and how. That’s all. That’s your job! Your job is not… truly not… to copy and paste Twitter tweets and call that a story. Frankly, that’s about the laziest thing I have ever seen in the journalism world.
It’s time to get back to real journalism! Stop following Twitter and do some real work. Don’t use Facebook live as a way to be first, even though you have nothing to say. Stop using click bait headlines that have nothing to do with the story… just misinformation at its worst. Find out what’s really in the various bills and Executive Orders and then report it accurately. Slice it, dice it, find out what it means and what the impact is, and then fill us in. That is your job. Follow the paper trails to uncover who really stands to win if certain laws and regulations are repealed, overturned, or passed. That is your job. Dig, investigate, get the real and complete story and then report. That is your job. And, for the love of all that is newsworthy, stop focusing on being first, with incomplete facts, just to have a sound bite before another news outlet. That is your job. There is no prize for being first, only for being the best. To be the best you have to actually do your job!