I think in the past, journalism was generally held to a higher standard, but today, with the rampant yellow journalism and blantant presentation of misinformation, anything goes. Journalism has, in my mind, has sacrificed its credibility for ratings. A fine example is the altering of the image used in the article. This alteration changed the entire message: the soldier no longer appears passive, but aggressive, the people appear not to be being observed, but rather warned. An image that did not happen was presented as fact - in effect, a lie. Even if it happened, and the photographer was not there to catch the moment, what is presented is their interpretation of what might have happened.
In the artistic world, it is up to the us, the artists, to decide how present the ideas we wish to present to our audience. In journalism it is the responsibility of the reporter to present the facts as best they can be presented without bias or interpretation. Yes, I understand that everyone interprets what they see through the filter of their own life experiences, and that cannot be helped, but photographs offer the ability to present the scene, as it happened, to the viewer so that they can make those judgements. While the photographer can choose which images to capture and which to present, in effect choosing how to present the event, they still are presenting a scene that happened. Dodging and burning are one thing, they do not change the content - cutting and pasting, either on the computer or in the darkroom, are completely different, they change the content of what is presented into something that was not there.
As Firecracker stated above, tabloids have no credibility, they are assumed to be fiction, but news outlets are the only source of information for most people of the happenings outside their personal experience, and therefore need to be as credible as possible. They have the responsibility to present as unbiased a product as they can, and the people recording events, be it in words or images, have the responsibility to capture the essence of the event without editing what happened any more than absolutely required.
Sorry for the rant, but journalistic integrity is something I feel strongly about.
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