All around the world TV news are slowly becoming obsolete and are being replaced by internet news and online magazines. This is not the case however with Macedonia. A lot of people still live in remote villages that have no internet connections or people from older generations that just really never had the need to learn how to use the internet. And there are also those traditional types of people that just want to come back from work, turn on the TV and listen to the news. So a good percentage of people here still rely solely on TV news. However it is my opinion that you can’t really rely on TV news in Macedonia.
A reporter/ editor for a local news TV station, regarding the stopping of the listings of the Macedonian population because of irregularities, said that: “these kinds of terrible things were always allowed to happen while the opposite party was in power, but with the current political party in power they are stopped and dealt with in time”, showing once again he is in favor for the current political party. It is his opinion and he could be right but he is there to read through today’s news without taking sides, and not open up a personal debate which will eventually give him favor with current authority.
Television news or all news should be short and to the point, at least this is what I see on some of the renown TV stations from around the world. Here the news starts and you listen to the reporter’s opinion on the news for a good hour or more. This is when he tells you his personal twist on the current political events, defending the political party he’s a member of, and making the opposite party look like the devil. After that he tells you his opinion on the newest town gossip and which side you should take. He finishes with his personal weather forecast based on the way his bones hurt at the moment. Then there is no time left for the actual news, but that is not important since he already told you everything you had to know anyways.
So what happened to being objective while reporting the news? I am not saying that a journalist can’t voice his opinion, it is what I am doing right now, but there is a certain time and place when you can do this. Have an open debate in your own politically oriented TV show or write an analysis about what bothers you in the newspaper or online, or maybe even share your thoughts with your friends and a nice glass of wine. News time is when people want to hear the news and form their own opinion about them and not be bothered by an hour long presentation of someone else’s feelings about the situation. That being said I think reporters in Macedonia do not respect any code of ethics or rules when it comes down to reporting the news.
Is it alright for a reporter to turn the news into his own personal crusade against the other TV stations he is not reporting for? And you, his faithful audience, have to listen about all the personal fights between the reporters instead of the daily news.
It has also become a very popular thing for reporters to voice their own opinion when a statesman denies an interview for a certain TV station, at which point the reporter assigned to do the interview shares his personal thoughts and feelings about the questions he was about to ask the statesman. So you get one hour of the same person asking and answering questions.
Something that is also used very often on the news, and to cover up that they only have half of the story is speculating. This is something that according to me and most people I know should be avoided at all cost when reporting news. A common sentence is “maybe he is there but then maybe he is not there”; or “maybe this is what he said and maybe he was just thinking it”. So eventually when all chaos breaks loose and people get angry, the next day they come up with a statement of apology.
I am not saying that everything about this kind of reporting is a bad thing. People feel more connected to you and you gain their trust by sharing your personal opinion with them. After all it is who we are as a nation, close and warm people that share everything. There is a limit to what you can say on the news though, or at least there should be.
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