Monday, April 4, 2016

Americans Increasingly Turned Off By the Political Process

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While every candidate deserves press neutrality, they particularly non-establishment candidates, are naive to expect it. Trump's gunslinger style, a leadership approach that generates plenty of controversies and concerns, must be balanced by open discussions of back door deals and political connections. Each are troublesome. This is why an increasing number of Americans including Bill Anala of Sawyer County, are turned off by the whole process. "None of them are worth a damn," he said. The Presidential election of 2016 will have a profound effect on the mid-term elections in 2018.

Headline: Viewpoint: Does Donald Trump deserve press neutrality?

In the United States, there is a high premium on press neutrality. We hold journalism to a gilded Platonic ideal: reporters are expected to present the news in a vacuum devoid of commentary or bias. We want the press to follow this model of objectivity at all times, especially during monumental events like a presidential election. A reporter’s personal feelings or opinions shouldn’t corrupt his or her work.

This neutrality business is supposed to protect the utopian role of the Fourth Estate, an 18th century term for the press that means it should serve as a fourth branch of government. The press is vital for a healthy democracy, as it helps us to sort through a sea of information and make informed decisions. It should also serve as a watchdog that alerts us to any government dysfunction or shady happenings.


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