Separation Between Public and Press
There is a conscious association between the press and democracy.
According to [cite:munsonJamesCareyCritical1997], in the 20th century it became an operative principle for the press to serve as the voice of a public that had lost its own to the pressure of special interest groups and the private sector.
- “Objectivity was a defensive measure, an attempt to secure by quasi-scientific means a method for recording the world independent of the political and social forces that were shaping it” (p. 246).
- Yet this oath to objectivity mandated a separation from the public—the public conversation could no longer be facilitated because effective public conversation had been lost to secrecy and bias.
37% of internet users have shared news items online. cite:leeNewsSharingSocial2012