Every day there are ethical decisions that impact the hundreds or thousands of people who watch, read, listen, and/or click on a media source. The foundation for making the right decision starts with ethics classes in college. Students in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism will use this blog to reflect on ethical questions in the media today.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Russell Contreras: How to Fix America
On Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to go see Russell
Contreras at Ohio University’s 90 Minute Series. Contreras is an AP reporter in
the US Southwest. Over the past year and a half, he has been able to cover the
presidential election. He spoke about the craziness that he saw during the election
process, and gave his own opinions on “how to fix America,” which I found quite
To fix America, Russell believes that we need to get rid of
political labels. The terms “republican” and “democrat” are tearing the American people apart. People feel like they need to pick a side and destroy the other. Which
is not necessary.
His assumptions are not wrong. The article, “The two party system is destroying America,” by Michael Coblenz, also agrees. Coblenz states that “Partisans
on both sides are so angry that they can barely speak with the other, much less work
together.” Both parties seem to think that the other side is “misguided” and “believe
that other side is more interested in partisan gain than the well-being of the nation.”Getting rid of political labels may help
Russell Contreras believes that in order to fix America, we
also need to get rid of politicians and political candidates that want to
dominate. Instead, we need to find people who genuinely want to govern and make
changes for the people of America. Contreras really did not go in to detail as
to what we could do to fix this issue. In my opinion, I think the best way to
do that is to get people more informed about political candidates. I think the
American public could easily get rid of politicians who want to dominate, just
by becoming more informed.
The League of Women Voters website has a step by step process of how to help people judge a candidate. The steps include deciding what you
are looking for in a candidate, finding out about the candidate, gathering
materials about the candidate, evaluating the candidate’s stance on issues, learning
about the candidate’s leadership abilities, learning about how other peoples view on the candidate, and finally sorting it all out. I think if people use these
steps to learn about the candidates, we can find candidates who genuinely want
to help America, instead of just wanting to dominate.
Finally, Russell believes that to fix America, people need
to become media literate and read material from both sides. Instead of closing their
ears to their opposition and policies they do not believe in, people
need to take the time to look at both sides of the spectrum. People can become
more informed of the policies and candidates by taking the time to read material
from both sides. Then, they can make better informed decisions on the policies and the candidates!
I thought Russell brought up some really great ideas as to
how we can “fix America.” It made me think about things that I can do to become
a better American citizen. If the American people can take time to reflect on some
of these ideas, I think some serious positive changes could happen in this