Tv Truth or Newspaper Truth?
by Hellztruth on October 4, 2013 - 8:05pm
There is a bus in ottawa that is crossing at an intersection over a rail track. A train is coming. The driver of the bus thinks that the train is far away when something goes wrong with the bus mechanisms. He thinks he can make it across the tracks in time. He doesn't, and neither did a group of innocent passengers. Due to reckless actions (or a mechanism gone wrong), people were killed in an accident. Both the news on our television screens and the news we get in our newspapers give us a varied version of this information; the information they think we need to know. However, do they give us the information we want? Is one better than the other? People have their own way of delivering the news, whether it be opinion, fact, research, or witness. But what editors publish on paper and what the authorities release in the news can be two entirely different things or can have different angles.
Newspapers and news programs both have one thing in common: they inform the public about issues/events (disasters included) that happen in the world. After selecting an event (the train accident), we analyzed how 'Tv news' and newspapers publish/broadcast their information, we can clearly see some differences. Television coverage contains the victim's family's point of view. They also have reporters that are on the scene with live images filming the aftermath of the event. In some cases, there is even ammature video footage of bystanders witnessing an event. This gives a dramatic affect to what happened (as if it isn't already dramatic enough). Nevertheless, the live images are quick to impact the viewer. In the newspaper, there is a difference. While families of the victims are still able to get their message across, a newspaper also contains more details about the victim's lives and of the aftermath of the event. A newspaper (due to it being 'paper') cannot show us film or clips of what happened. It takes using mentality (thinking) in order for an article to impact you. A newspaper is also more likely to contain professional opinion from those who are deemed as 'important' (whether due to educational degree or influence). No matter the audience, both Tv news (such as CBC) and newspapers (The Gazette) paint different pictures.
Now, which one do we trust to give us the facts? Not only the relevant facts, but the facts that we want to know? Do we trust the newspapers that depend on other people to get the story straight and print the truth? Or do we trust news broadcasts who depend on authorities to allow them to have coverage? Trusting our own judgement seems to be the more sensible (sometimes more comforting) action, even though it sounds impractical to trust ourselves (critical thinking) on matters happening abroad. Sure, watching the news and reading the newspaper makes us aware of the world around us, but it takes our own personal perspectives and views in order to grasp the truth from both of them.