If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do
read the newspaper you are misinformed. —Mark Twain
(I’ll update that to include radio and TV news these days as well.)
My mother was a newspaper reporter, and she told me something I've never forgotten. She said, “Be careful about trusting the news. It’s absurdly easy for incompetent or unethical reporters to color it. Let’s say, for example, the Sheriff is a hundred miles away speaking at a law enforcement conference. There’s a terrible local crime while he’s away. If I don’t happen to like the Sheriff or if I disagree with his policies, I could choose to report only that he was unavailable, or that he could not be reached for comment. It would be true, but it wouldn't be honest, and readers might well take it to mean he’s not doing his job. Do you understand?”
Sadly, Mom’s advice has grown even more wise considering today‘s pseudo-news reporting.
Whole networks have blatantly obvious one-sided political agendas, left or right, one political party or another. Newscasters act more like ego-brandishing celebrities than reporters, and seem to become overnight experts on any number of topics from nutrition to child-rearing to environmental issues to foreign affairs to astrophysics. They often essentially pre-judge the guilt or innocence of alleged transgressors and they don’t hesitate to slant the news, even to the extent of inciting violence over this or that incident that instead ought to be handled not in the media but within the established legal system, which is all we have in America for any semblance of true justice.
Editorializing and commentary in journalism, when clearly labeled as such, are protected under our constitution and rightly so, but straight news reporting should be conducted with professional honesty, integrity, thoroughness, accuracy, and absolute objectivity. Allowing us, the reading and viewing public, to make up our own minds on the issues.
But good luck with that in today's world.