The Role of a Journalist

1307 Words Feb 4th, 2018 5 Pages
The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.” For decades, the United States has been one the most notable countries to come under fire with reports of government corruption. During the dawn of the new millennium the Transparency Corruption began to publish their Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), a culmination of assessments and opinion surveys by experts which rank countries based on their perceived corruption. In 2012, the U.S ranked 19 out of 174 countries. Its often questioned how this report would vary had it been published decades before when whistle blowers and journalist were striving to shed light onto government corruption in the 50s , 60s, and 70s. Throughout the history of the United States its been the responsibility of journalist and whistle blowers to report dishonesty and injustice created by those in power. In a letter to Virginia statesman Edward Carrington, President Thomas Jefferson shared his views on the press and government. "The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." Its been this…