Why are reporters giving us their opinions in the middle of the news?

As someone who has a degree in journalism, I am constantly bewildered these days by what journalism has become in the modern age. When I was a reporter my job was to report what happened and leave it to the public to decide how they felt about it. But now it is the job of the reporter to give you their version of the news, tell you what they think about it, and tell you how to think and feel about it.

Not only is that not what journalism should be but that’s an insane amount of pressure being placed on “journalists” (they don’t exist anymore, just to make it clear why I used quotes) and I wouldn’t be surprised if suicides increase in the field very shortly.

When I’m talking about “reporters” who are giving opinions in newscasts or interviews, I’m talking about the “reporters” of major networks for both the Democrat and the Republican parties, because we all know each party has their own news outlets, with one of them having more than the other.

In journalism school we were taught there were reporters and there were commentators. Today, there are no reporters left, only commentators. The line between the two hasn’t been blurred, it has been napalmed. There is no one or the other. There are only commentators and I for one am sick of hearing their comments.

I’m sick of watching an interview and hearing these words out of the mouths of the interviewer: “I think …” Guess what, princess or dude, I don’t care what you think. I want you to deliver the news and then zip it. That goes for the new hybrid “reportcommentators” on all the major news networks. I don’t care if you love Donald Trump or hate Donald Trump. Literally, I don’t care. Your opinion as a talking head means nothing to me. I want you to tell me a press conference was held or a meeting was held or a bomb was dropped and then I want you to shut up and let me decide what I think about all that. How hard is that, really?

I am so sick of the clickbait headlines on the YouTube channels and the websites of the major “news” networks (more like gossip networks with all that celebrity gossip garbage they feature). “This or that reporter calls out this or that politician/celebrity/other news celebrity.”

You’re a reporter. Why are you calling out anyone? If you’re a commentator – fine – join the hundreds of people “calling people out” every day because we are a nation of uptight, permanently offended, miserable, self-centered jerks. But if you’re a reporter? Seriously, go write about it in your journal, but don’t tell me what you think on the air or in the news article you’re trying to pass off as “hard-hitting, objective news.” It’s not objective. You know it, and most of your readers, or viewers, know it (though they don’t want to admit it if they agree with you).

I’m just done with modern “journalism.” It’s a game of who can distort the truth more. There is no truth left in American journalism. None. Like I’ve said before, catch press conferences live when you can. Watch debates live. Listen to or watch interviews live. Don’t rely on the so-called “national news media” to honestly relay to you what happened at a particular event because they aren’t honest anymore. They’re bought and sold by corporations and political parties and they want you to be bought and sold by the same corporations and political parties that are signing their paychecks.

Objective journalism no longer exists.

It’s time Americans wake up and do the leg work for themselves that the national media was once entrusted to do for them, because the national media is no longer doing it, and the national media is also no longer something we can trust.

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Written by Lisa R. Howeler

As a writer, photographer and former journalist, Lisa R. Howeler writes a little bit about everything on her blog Boondock Ramblings. She self-published her first novel, A Story to Tell, in September 2019 on Amazon. She's a wife and a mother and enjoys a good John Wayne movie and a cozy Jan Karon book. She's also a freelance writer and photographer who is a contributor to various stock agencies, including Lightstock and Alamy. Her photography work focuses on documentary and photojournalism.

5 comments

  1. This is so scary and so true Lisa. I was so upset last mouth with everything I am seeing on television that I finally emailed a bunch of relatives over seas to see if the same thing was happening over there. I told my husband no one was replying anymore to my emails like they used to. I was wondering if the lies and hate propaganda was happening in their countries as well.

    Turns out, it is. I got some replies when I explained what was going on here in the US. The only replies I got came from family in Italy. Family in England never emailed anything back. I guess the subject matter is too scary. I am hearing stories coming out of England that suggest people get in BIG trouble for saying certain things online. We still have Freedom of speech here in our country…for now that is.

    One cousin wrote about how terrible “White people” are for the segregation they did. Also that they can’t don’t like Trump and Putin. Another cousin doesn’t like what is going on so they try to stay out of it. Another family member (British) said they were on vacation and would get back with my husband to catch up on things. We haven’t heard back and that was 2 weeks ago.

    On the Family Facebook we have noticed some are bickering over there about politics and it is causing tension in the the family. So sad to witness what is going on. You are so right about watching things live when it happens. There are a lot of lies out there trying to turn us all against each other. Great post Lisa, thanks for sharing.

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  2. My husband gets so easily exasperated with all those…whatever they’re called, but seems to think they might actually talk about something important if he would only watch a little more. Me? I’m fighting hard to not bang my head on the wall. Though I’ve developed an odd habit of mocking and talking back to them. Is it too much to ask that they stick to the facts and then move on?

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    1. That’s all I want. Now, some of them are commentators, I get it. They will run their mouth. That’s their job but what ever happened to the news reporters who just reported the news at the desk and let the commentators ramble? They don’t exist it seems …

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