With propaganda at an all time high, John Pilger, one of my role models in journalism, as he says, believes that it is important for journalists to fact check and delve deeper into a story to find the real truth, as he says: “It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and the myths that surround it.”
The research that he conducts to find the hidden truths in a story is why he is my journalism hero. For example, dueing a speech, President Obama stated he was against war in Iraq, saying: “Most of you know I opposed this war from the start. I thought it was a tragic mistake.” In a documentary called the war you don’t see, following the claims made by the president, Pilger states: “Obama has not withdrawn america from Iraq.. and (Obama) approved a miliatry budget of $708 billion dollars – the biggest war spending of all time.”
Another reason i admire him is because he places the viewers first and aims to get them seeing what he as a journalist on the scene sees. In a documentary called the war you don’t see, Pilger discusses propaganda and the role of the media in war. In an interview with David Mannion, editor in chief of ITV news, Pilger says: “They (the viewers) may not know what we as journalists know or ought to know..” I see Pilger as a role model because he strongly believes in giving the audience the real story, which is, i believe, the fundamental role of a journalist.