Only 34% of Americans trust the news, and for many of those who don’t, influence and advertising dollars are part of the reason why. Time and time again there have been incidents of editors cutting parts of a news story because it would shine a bad light on a person with an exceptionally large budget or in a position of power.
Take the Jeffery Epstein case, for example. Journalist Vicky Ward claims she attempted to expose Epstein and his crimes against children in a Vanity Fair article in 2003. However, her editor, Graydon Carter, cut the portion regarding his incidents of abuse – information Ward obtained from a highly reputable source. The reasoning behind this decision varies for Ward and Carter, but the result was an article titled “The talented Mr. Epstein,” painting him as a fascinating, albeit private, businessman – someone to be admired.
Ward’s feature ran FIVE years before Epstein would be convicted in Florida of procuring a child for prostitution and soliciting a prostitute, and 17 years before he would be arrested in 2019 on the federal sex trafficking charges that would land him in prison. We can’t say for certain that including that critical part of Ward’s reporting would have put a stop to his horrifying crimes sooner, but cutting it out entirely allowed him to continue establishing himself as a reputable, successful businessman while girls were being victimized in the background.
What does this have to do with TrueNews.Global?
Journalism exists to hold the corrupt accountable and keep the public informed. Unfortunately, the Epstein case is one of a plethora of examples that have led news consumers to develop a different perspective: Journalism exists to misinform and allow corruption to thrive.
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