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Feb. 20, 2012 at 1:00pm

QUANTUM FOAM 27: MNN "Separating Fact from Fiction"

Whatever Is, Is

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by Mofo from the Hood on 2/20/2012 @ 3:17pm
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things."
---Rene Descartes

"MNN aka The Mofo News Network is one of the world's most trusted sources of news and entertainment."
---Mofo from the Hood

In today's world of mass communications it's getting increasingly harder to distinguish between a subject of experience and an object of experience. Yet today a whole lot of communication involves arguing about speculations. These types of arguments generally originate from people who seek to change the overall status quo and particularly redefine prescriptions for sustaining a stable society. Such political speculations may tend to mystify---create confusion, frustration, and conflict---rather than clarify a society's interest in establishing a point of unity for a sustainable and firm foundation.

Within the parameters of Mofo from the Hood's Blog and sometimes on other local blogs I have often promoted long standing principles for living that are self-evident truths. Many times I have noted the origins of my thoughts based on the principle that one should know what they believe and why they believe it. Even the worldwide news network MNN is founded on some principles (you decide whether MNN is a subject of experience or an object of experience).

The following transcription is from my personal collection of codes of conduct.

"Society of Professional Journalists' CODE OF ETHICS"
(Adopted by the 1973 national convention)
The Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, believes the duty of journalists is to serve the truth.
We believe the agencies of mass communication are carriers of public discussion and information, acting on their Constitutional mandate and freedom to learn and report the facts.
We believe in public enlightenment as the forerunner of justice, and in our Constitutional role to seek the truth as part of the public's right to know the truth.
We believe those responsibilities carry obligations that require journalists to perform with intelligence, objectivity, accuracy, and fairness.
To these ends, we declare acceptance of the standards of practice here set forth:
RESPONSIBILITY: The public's right to know of events of public importance and interest is the overriding mission of the mass media. The purpose of distributing news and enlightened opinion is to serve the general welfare. Journalists who use their professional status as representatives of the public for selfish or other unworthy motives violate a high trust.
FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: Freedom of the press is to be guarded as an inalienable right of people in a free society. It carries with it the freedom and the responsibility to discuss, question, and challenge actions and utterances of our government and of our public and private institutions. Journalists uphold the right to speak unpopular opinions and the privilege to agree with the majority.
ETHICS: Journalists must be free of obligation to any interest other than the public's right to know the truth.
1. Gifts, favors, free travel, special treatment or privileges can compromise the integrity of journalists and their employers. Nothing of value should be accepted.
2. Secondary employment, political involvement, holding public office, and service in community organizations should be avoided if it compromises the integrity of journalists and their employers. Journalists and their employers should conduct their personal lives in a manner which protects them from conflict of interest, real or apparent. Their responsibilites to the public are paramount. That is the nature of their profession.
3. So-called news communications from private sources should not be published or broadcast without substantiation of their claims to news value.
4. Journalists will seek news that serves the public interest, despite the obstacles. They will make constant efforts to assure that the public's business is conducted in public and that public records are open to public inspection.
5. Journalists acknowledge the newsman's ethic of protecting confidential sources of information.
ACCURACY AND OBJECTIVITY: Good faith with the public is the foundation of all worthy journalism.
1. Truth is our ultimate goal.
2. Objectivity in reporting the news is another goal, which serves as the mark of an experienced professional. It is a standard of performance toward which we strive. We honor those who achieve it.
3. There is no excuse for inaccuracies or lack of thoroughness.
4. Newspaper headlines should be fully warranted by the contents of the articles they accompany. Photographs and telecasts should give an accurate picture of an event and not highlight a minor incident out of context.
5. Sound practice makes clear distinction between news reports and expression of opinion. News reports should be free of opinion or bias and represent all sides of an issue.
6. Partisanship in editorial comment which knowingly departs from the truth violates the spirit of American journalism.
7. Journalists recognize their responsibility for offering informed analysis, comment, and editorial opinion on public events and issues. They accept the obligation to present such material by individuals whose competence, experience, and judgement qualify them for it.
8. Special articles or presentations devoted to advocacy or the writer's own conclusions and interpretations should be labeled as such.
FAIR PLAY: Journalists at all times will show respect for the dignity, privacy, rights, and well-being of people encountered in the course of gathering and presenting the news.
1. The news media should not communicate unofficial charges affecting reputation or moral character without giving the accused a chance to reply.
2. The news media must guard against invading a person's right to privacy.
3. The media should not pander to morbid curiosity about details of vice and crime.
4. It is the duty of news media to make prompt and complete correction of their errors.
5. Journalists should be accountable to the public for their reports and the public should be encouraged to voice its grievances against the media. Open dialogue with our readers, viewers, and listeners should be fostered.

by Maria on 2/20/2012 @ 10:16pm
Those are good standards for journalists and publishers...and bloggers. It's basically just respect, fairness and truth.

I believe that democracy and freedom of the press are closely tied, so the decline of newspaper revue concerns me.

PS. I think this is the first time I've ever seen Rene Descartes quoted next to someone cited as Mofo from the Hood. That's a good Descartes quote BTW.

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/20/2012 @ 11:43pm
Maria, I would agree that freedom of the press is mandatory in order to keep check on the people governing us. There's always someone or some group trying to take away our freedoms or redistribute wealth in their direction. Often the term civil rights is used loosely by people who couldn't make their way through the The Declaration Of Independence or The Constitution Of The United States, let alone the first ten amendments.

by NineInchNachos on 2/21/2012 @ 12:08am
tell it to Jefferson's slaves.

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