The Problem With Yellow Journalism

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The Problem with Yellow Journalism. Tabloids are everywhere. You see them while in line at the grocery store, on the stands at street corners, in doctor’s offices, and you can even have them mailed to you. These tabloids have become so ingrained into society that many people consider them to be a true form of journalism. Though this may be one of the views of tabloids, my opinion is that they should not be considered journalism because in reality, they are modern and maybe even worse versions of yellow journalism. Though yellow journalism began as exaggerated stories to attract attention, yellow journalism today may be interpreted as celebrity gossip magazines. Before going into the topic of tabloids, the history of yellow journalism is…show more content…
In the book Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, "So the more equal men [sic] become and the more individualism becomes a menace, the more necessary are newspapers. We should underrate their importance if we thought they just guaranteed liberty; they maintain civilization". What he was saying is that newspapers and journalism were established to connect citizens with politics. Newspapers were important for the relationship between government and the people as well as for educating the public. When yellow journalism was established, the role of journalism changed from educating by seeking the truth to merely profit purposes. The way journalist gathered their information was changed from truthful seeking and interviewing to that of made up stories and over exaggeration of the truth. As for the journalists of these tabloids and yellow journalism, the Society of Professional Journalists regards the ethical considerations of a journalist to follow the following aspects: “Seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently, and be accountable and transparent”. Though the ethical code was written in 1973 (which was borrowed from the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1926), nearly a century after yellow journalism started (SPJ), would it not be reasonable to have some kind of guidelines about putting lies in a newspaper for all to see? According to Leah

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