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Old May 14th, 2013, 02:06 PM
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Well, here we go again! I don't think the press knows how to write a positive story about anything. In fact, I think they probably only teach how to write negative stories in their journalism classes!

If you read stories like this, you'll never want to go on a cruise! They make it sound like the worst vacation ever!!

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I think they come up with these articles when it is a slow news day or something, come on, why not sometime positive. I bet most have never taken a cruise, or if they have, the wrong one and had bad weather??
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Yep, the one day he went to journalism class he misunderstood what they taught. They said reporters were suppose to be 'objective' and he thought they said 'subjective'.

The do not understand what the concept of unbiased reporting is all about. They think their responsibility is to report only one side of a story and to show their bias in doing so.

Strange thing is, what they're being taught is entirely the opposite of what I was taught when I took a journalism class in college. I was taught to present the facts and show both sides of the situation in an unbiased fashion so the reader could make up their own mind. I was told a good reporter never interjected their own beliefs or opinions and the only time they should do so is if they are writing an editorial piece, but to make sure we stated so in the very beginning so everyone was forewarned that it was, in fact, not a regular article. And if we quoted one person who said one thing, we always had to quote another person who said it was something else. To do otherwise was irresponsible reporting.

And I think that's what most journalists have forgotten over the last many years; when you write something for others to read and you know it could/will influence people's understanding of an issue, especially something that is controversial, you have a responsibility to do so in a impartial manner. Your beliefs as a reporter are irrelevant.

But hey, at the same time, the population is partly to blame - after all, we LOVE negative stories! Look at the nightly news or the newspaper. The overwhelming number of stories are negative. It sells papers! A headline about someone killing someone else will get people's attention. The story about someone saving a drowning victim will be way down the list.

It really is too bad that we've become such a negative society that we not only thrive on it, but we've come to demand it.

But what's worse is that the press sees fit to feed this demand instead of continuing to do what they were trained to do in the first place; report the news. Or as they use to say on Dragnet; just the facts!

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I guess I must have earned a PhD without knowing it. I don't have any problem choosing a cabin.
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Yeah, you can tell by what this knucklehead had to say that he's never even been on a cruise!! The entire story was written with information he obtained from others, not from a firsthand experience, that's for sure!

I love it when people who know nothing about something pretend to know everything about it. True definition of an idiot!!

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