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Sensationalistic Adams

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Would you say that Samuel Adams was one of the first journalists in U.S.A.?

As expressed by Rodger Streitmatter in his book “Mightier than the Sword”, Samuel Adams and his “Journal of Occurrences” had a great impact on public opinion during the invasion of British troops in Boston in 1768 and ’69. In addition, even though it is stated in Adams’ journal that the content on it was totally accurate: “The above Journal you are desired to publish for the general satisfaction, it being strictly fact,” one can argue the opposite.

By examining Samuel Adams’ attempts to distort reality in order to favor the independence of U.S. colonies, one notices more of a commitment to pushing forward a cause rather than to inform the community in Boston; therefore, Adams’ work appears to be a propagandist work rather than an accurate journal. In addition, one cannot forget many of the main principles for what a journalist is known by. For instance, if one examines the code of ethics by the Society of Professional Journalists, it is stated that journalists should:”Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.”

Adams’ “Journal of Occurrences” was written specifically for the purpose of denigrating British troops’ image even if that meant to deliberately accommodate and/or over exaggerate situations; therefore, the main reason of being a journalist is being ignored by Samuel Adams and he will be more a passionate blogger than a respectable journalist.

Written by vurbi

May 9, 2011 at 17:26

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