The Media Is Not Supposed To Show Anyone Preferential Treatment – So People Who Are Mad Need To Get Informed, Grow Up In Our Democracy, And Get Over It

GROWUPBAHAMASI was a journalist with the Bahamian media for 5 years. I then worked with the country’s media houses in a different professional capacity for 7 years. I am sometimes openly critical of the media (The Fourth Estate) because I know the vital role the media plays in a democracy, and I see key areas where the media in general does not take that role as seriously as they ought to in my view. With that being said, people who are angry about recent stories on elected officials or high-profile political figures need to understand that the media is never supposed to show preferential treatment to anyone at any time. The media’s job is to be the watchdogs for a society and hold to the fire, the feet of all public officials. The media is supposed to report information accurately, truthfully, factually, contextually, knowledgeably, ethically, with balance, without bias or agenda and without favor or fear – no matter who the information is about. Anything less than or outside of that is public relations, propaganda or both – but it is not journalism. Journalists are not supposed to pick and choose who to either “respect” or focus on. Journalists are not supposed to show anyone preferential treatment, nor are they supposed to ride on anyone’s team. And they are not supposed to concern themselves with who will get mad, once they follow standard journalistic guidelines and ethics when reporting. Continue reading