Re: Swimming the Sea of Newspaper Myths by Tracy Gilchrist (The Daily News, Oct. 12).
A “factually right” news item can still be biased toward a certain position. Is truthiness the same as truth?
What if your source is “factually wrong” or presenting a certain frugality of the truth?
What about a tied-together editorial and political outlook?
Do you get directives from the owner about support of a particular political party?
Unfortunately, much of the media presents infotainment as news. There is shallow coverage of the important issues of our society. And that coverage is often from a singular political viewpoint.
There is a tendency to sensationalize the trivial, and to trivialize the sensational.
Discussion about the role of the media includes a responsibility to inform, to challenge assumptions and to shine a light in the dark corners.
Perhaps dispel the myths by treating readers as educated, intelligent adults, able to handle the important issues? No doubt dated, yet actions speak louder than words.