As the Trump administration gets ready to take the reins in the Executive branch, the media remains at odds with Trump. Indeed and without denial, Trump’s use of all forms of available media have created information – good, bad, real and “fake.” The press has been trying desperately to prove what aspect is a fact and what part is fiction when involving Trump. Video feeds from his years in the spotlight and his recent campaign statements have been fair game. Currently, Trump’s campaign speech where he is shown mocking a person – let alone a Journalist – has been a shining example of why the media is trying so hard to discredit the President-elect. Society deems Trump’s action as a careless disregard for human dignity especially when done by America’s most visible leader. The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah’s perspective is telling.
The Golden Globes, an awards show derived from the Hollywood Foreign Press, became a platform for actors to express to the public – at least those interested in watching – how important it is to ensure the integrity of “Truth & Facts.” Unfortunately, truth is based on what people define as correct. Truth is when one explains verbatim without opinion or deviation. It is what every individual can witness – if they understand what and where to look. Truth then becomes fact because truth could be verified as existing. The years of Journalistic variance from the Truth is why Trump is having his way in the media. He did receive the support of nearly 50% of America’s election results – results that are true when reported and calculated accurately.
A journalist needs something to report. When their team of writers and editors follow a certain standard, a standard is set for what qualifies as fact. Years of business success has been possible for Donald Trump because he understood that the media wants a “good” story. America has now been given a story to learn from daily. Will journalists find the will and strength to accurately call an event newsworthy because it is factual and truthful under the new administration? The role of journalists is to provide the facts, to support the facts and then allow the reader to make a judgment. The fact and truth are: Trump is ready to be the President because the media depends on a game of influencing readers, viewers, and followers.