Lecture 2 Truth 20140116
The stories we create must be true, reliable, accurate and credible.
• Earliest journalists expected to recall accurately – people still rely on them to bring true info
• Messenger’s news could be a matter of survival
• As modern press took shape, promise of truth part of marketing – it is our brand
Lippman, in contrast to Pulitzer and others, started making the distinction between news and truth (look
Pg. 41 of textbook.
Journalism is a journey toward truth – it is a continuing process. W Post talks about “the truth as nearly
as the truth can be ascertained”.
We aim for the truth.
Truth in a journalistic sense – truth as a stalactite – grows like it one drop at a time.
Einstein – science is all about evidence and rules. For him, it isn’t about truth, but about making what
we know less false
Truth can come in bits and pieces – there can be more than one – “I have found A truth” – Khalil Gibran
Strange bedfellows – Tom Goldstein – looking at how close journalists get to the truth
People can make mistakes in