Trump Press Conference and Gotcha Journalism

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got·cha

informal

 
exclamation
  1. I have got you (used to express satisfaction at having captured or defeated someone or uncovered their faults).
noun
  1. an instance of publicly tricking someone or exposing them to ridicule, especially by means of an elaborate deception.
jour·nal·ism
noun
 
  1. the activity or profession of writing for newspapers, magazines, or news websites or preparing news to be broadcast.

            These two words should not be used together, but they are. When you are playing tag, you chase around someone and touch them, implying that it is their turn to pursue you. When you touch them, you say, “Gotcha!’ meaning, your move.

            When being a journalist, in reference to being a reporter, news reporter, interviewer, anything, the goal should never be to ‘get‘ anyone. The goal is to seek out and find the truth. The definition of gotcha is publicly tricking someone or exposing them to ridicule, especially by means of an elaborate deception. this should never be used against some, it is rude, maniacal, and deceptive.

            There can be no good, that will come out of gotcha journalism. “Gotcha journalism is a pejorative term used by media critics to describe interviewing methods that appear designed to entrap interviewees into making statements that are damaging or discreditable to their cause, character, integrity, or reputation. ” (Wikipedia)

            When you watch President Trump’s press conference, you can clearly see gotcha journalism at the forefront. Does this indicate that the media has a bias against Donald trump? Maybe. Either way, gotcha journalism is wrong and an ineffective method to journalism.

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