If the civic purpose of journalism is to provide people with the information they need to be free and self-governing, should political malicious news gossip be reported by journalists?
the activity or profession of writing for newspapers, magazines, or news websites or preparing news to be broadcast.
casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true
(of a person) difficult to deal with; contrary.
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:12-19 KJV)
“You don’t have to watch CNN for too long to know that Chris Cuomo, Dana Bash, Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Don Lemon and other CNN news anchors are Democrats, and guess what! That’s a problem because CNN is a news organization not a late-night show.” (Source HERE)
Is an independent newsfeed digital media company, In it’s About Page, Buzzfeed does not state it is a source of journalism, (Source HERE)
In other words, readers should not consider what they read in BuzzFeed is verifiable news journalism. It may be fake news , falsehoods, gossip, or personal opinions written by a froward source.
In My Opinion
There is a vast world of difference between journalism and gossip sources.
Any source that portends news, yet claims to be a news source of journalism, destroys their reputation to provide a civic duty and obligation to provide people with the information they need to be free and self-governing.
Spreading malicious gossip is immoral.
If perhaps CNN purposely linked their journalism news report to increase readership of the BuzzFeed malicious gossip article the day before President Elect Donald Trump’s first major press conference, it was immoral journalism.
The foundation of Wisdom is truth, malicious gossip is folly spread by froward writers or news media.