Critical Analysis Influence the Citizen News in the USA
“This is war!” Those words came from a famous speech by William Lawrence Hunter in 1947. He urged Americans not to look at the Vietnam War as a victory over communism but rather as an engagement in “a battle between freedom and socialism,” which he correctly identified as the struggle for America’s soul. As I have noted many times, American media has often presented a misleading picture of Vietnam’s conflict. Indeed one could argue that the public’s incorrect perception of events may have resulted from public relations tactics (i.e., media outlets playing up the anti-communism angle) rather than the actual degree of combat.
I find it troubling that analysis and commentary on public policy are almost entirely separated from journalism. The media must be vigilant about pointing out flaws in the government or military, but they should not be the sole purveyors of that criticism. Reporting on public policy is a valuable service to citizens who want better governance. However, when a reporter sensationalizes that reporting and commentary, the public’s trust in the media is misplaced. If that trust is diminished to the point where citizens doubt that the media can be trusted to give them honest reporting, our democracy is in deep trouble.
In my view, the analysis should be seen as an auxiliary to the reporting and commentary that the media provides. Without the critical role played by public relations in the news, the role played by journalists and commentators in this process would be much larger. It is almost impossible today to cover every issue and concern that arises. Still, the combination of robust analysis and accurate, relevant reporting serves to provide citizens with a reliable set of ideas and information.
How does analysis play into this equation? Well, as history has shown, government actions and policies carry significant social and economic impact. By analyzing policies from various international, domestic, and even personal perspectives, a writer can highlight the positive and negative aspects. There are many different types of analysis. Some of the most popular include; domestic/personal, international, environmental, health, and national security/overspending.
When citizen reporting is carried out, it is not unusual for a reporter to request public records from various governmental agencies. To get these records, they will ask for permission from the individual in question. This often requires that the person be fingerprinted and provide proof of citizenship or some other legal document. The purpose of this request is for a reporter to get an as wide reading on the topic as possible, and to understand the implications for citizens, given this piece of public information.
These days, public reporting is often more comfortable than ever. There are dedicated websites where anyone can search for public records, and many searchable databases are built into the computers of everyone’s personal computers. Public reporting is also more comfortable because it does not need to involve going to different government agencies’ offices. Instead, it’s as simple as visiting a website run by a professional investigative agency specializing in these services.
public reports and pieces of general information
However, public reports and pieces of general information still have limitations. While people can often access the data in question, the data’s quality may be questionable. Many states have laws limiting who can access such data and how they can distribute it. Additionally, some legal restrictions on disseminating such information, such as the fact that a lawyer cannot make use of the data while preparing a case for his/her client, also limit public analysis of such issues. Therefore, citizens must continue to monitor the freedom of study provided by such public reports, whether critical analysis or otherwise.
For this reason, many citizens of the United States depend on outside sources of information and public reporting to give them the facts on matters where critical evaluation is needed. As we’ve seen, many public reports, pieces of information, and pieces of data are now available to the public via the Internet at reasonable costs. Therefore, citizens are better informed about matters than ever before.