The truth defined by Webster’s dictionary is the body of real things, events, and facts.
Within society and the world individuals claim to have truth as their No. 1 value, the thing they live by and hold most dear to their arguments and decisions in everyday life.
At any time there is a questioned raised or a finger pointed, the search for ‘truth’ begins and will not cease until the light has been shone on the accuser.
Then why is it we allow those in higher positions or who are given the right of passage to avoid the truth and its iron fist? What deems an individual “worthy” of fallacy? And most importantly, how do we draw the line between the two and make the ethical decision of what is right and wrong?
White lies are defined as a deliberate, untrue statement, which does no harm or is intended to produce favorable result.
Now, how many times can you remember telling a white lie? Well the answer should be you couldn’t, because they are a part of our social interaction and have been spoken so many times that the count is unfathomable.
Going to the clubs and using a fake I.D. to obtain entrance or sneaking a glance at the paper next to you during that math test are both appointed as harmless little lies to further ourselves in one way or the next.
But, how do they differ from the lies made with the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or when a President has had an affair and objects to the facts and witnesses at hand.
Robert Capa was a famous war photographer in the mid 1930s and is know for his most famous photo of a falling soldier during Spain’s Civil War. It has come to be found that the photograph itself was in fact staged and held no truth to it whatsoever.
Despite the controversy, critics believe that there was no harm done and that Capa’s little lie in fact helped the war outlook during that time.But, why should he be released from this fallacy? Just because he was able to give people a look at what was going on in the war, he is not responsible for the soldier really being shot in the photo?
I believe as journalists it is our job to find the truth, seek out fallacy and exploit the wrongs to the world. But if we allow “harmless” lies to pass through our gridded rule, then we might as well call ourselves commentators and spend our lives gossiping about the new celebrity couple and how sad it is that Clinton was impeached.
I’m not saying to jump down the throat of a 3-year-old when they take a cookie out of the cookie jar or yell at a person as they jay-walk to cross the busy streets. But, we cannot allow the deliberate falsehoods of society to flow through the mainstream media any longer.
I hope that the millennial generation going into journalism can take lead and begin removing the fabricated news within the media. But, it does not have to start and end with those in media. This fight against those in power and the lies they produce can extend to the world and those looking to be the difference in it.
So the next time you see something questionable or hear of a lie that should be exposed then stop it, for it is our job to watch the world and make sure what is in it stays true.
Samantha Sincock, a junior journalism major, is editorial director and arts editor of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.