‘The truth will set you free’
TruthJournalism.com is a completely independent Christian news outlet based in Australia dedicated to uncompromising, meticulous and truthful journalism and the revitalization of the role of the free press as a guardian of liberty in society.
We remain faithful to the traditional and central role of a free press in a free society — as the beacon of light exposing wrongdoing, corruption and abuse of power.
We seek to stimulate and encourage a free-and-open debate about the great social, ethical, cultural and political ideas facing the world and to promote freedom, justice and personal responsibility by encouraging personal virtue and good character.
We also seek to drive positive cultural and social change through our work by equipping and informing inquiring minds with the truth and nothing but the truth, because after all, it’s the truth that sets us free from everything that enslaves us.
We are deeply committed to an uncompromising Christian worldview for which the Bible, God’s Word is the impeccable standard.
Unlike 99% of media companies on this planet, we don’t write our stories with “fairness and objectivity” in mind, we pursue truth and write the truth no matter whom it offends or benefits.
We are a major role player in what is known as the ‘Fifth Estate’ — the new media run totally independent and defiantly free of government and corporate control.
TruthJournalism.com originally began as ‘The Caleb Report’ which was founded in August 2016 by Christian independent journalist, Caleb Stephen. Mr Stephen, saw the need to start a media company that represented the values of those who espouse and cherish the Judaeo-Christian values that have given the West everything that we deem as good, wonderful and morally right. In its six months of operation, The Caleb Report covered an amazing amount of major stories bringing to light information and issues that had never been seen before.
In March 2017 and after months of planning and experimenting, Mr Stephen felt the time was right to take his new media venture to the next level by revamping and repackaging it to make it more attractive to Australia’s large conservative demographic. TruthJournalism.com was born as a result of that complete makeover.
What is real journalism?
The original role of the “Fourth Estate” (traditional journalism) was to serve as a watchdog on government and private wrongdoing, corruption, waste, fraud and abuse of power. As some would know, there are three branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial. The Fourth Estate, is thus designed to serve as a checks and balances system for these three other institutions.
The real mission of the once-noble profession of journalism is truth, not objectivity. Truth is not impartial, it’s not neutral and it’s not “fair and balanced.” Truth is truth. That’s how journalism started off, but over time and thanks to the rise of regressive leftist ideologies infiltrating the industry and media outlets becoming bankrolled by either the government or globalist elite figures with sinister agendas, journalists for the last half a century or more have wrongly been taught that objectivity, fairness and balance are the ideals of our profession. That is why we now have a generation of so-called journalists who can’t tell the difference between truth and fiction. They have been put out of touch with the real reason for what they do and why the concept of journalism even exists in the first place.
And truth shouldn’t be like Coco Pops floating in a sea of milk. Truth should be based on the Bible – which is the basis for everything that is deemed good, moral and right in society. For example, the democratic Westminster system of government is based on Judaeo-Christian principles. The very concept of law and order is a Christian concept. Without God, there would be no concept of what is right and what is wrong. There is no denying that everything that made the West great came from Judaeo-Christian ethos and influence. The problem today is that society has departed from these roots and thought it smart to jackhammer away these foundations.
And get this: when the printing press – something synonymous with journalism – was invented in 1440 AD by Johann Gutenberg, a German, he felt compelled to print copies of the Bible. It’s almost comical to think that today’s journalists actually owe their entire livelihoods to a process that was inspired by man’s love for God’s word. Sixty-five years later, someone got the idea of producing a “newspaper.” A press ethic slowly emerged and it wasn’t about being “fair and balanced”, it certainly wasn’t about producing hunks of paper packed with celebrity gossip and outlandish fake news hit-pieces. The key pioneers of journalism in Europe held a firm and undying commitment to the highest standards of truthful reporting. Because of their commitment to exposing that which was considered morally wrong, many early newspaper pioneers were jailed simply because they sought the truth.
The truth of the matter is that everyone has a worldview – or a lens by which we look at the world and everything that pertains to it. All of us see through the lens of who we are and what we believe regardless whether we believe in the God of the Bible or not. Not just Christians – everybody. Some people, however, prefer to pretend that they don’t. Others like to pretend they have a religion but that it doesn’t affect what they say, do and think and what choices they make. Meanwhile, others like to pretend that they don’t impose their religious values on others. In fact, when you come to think of it, every single effort to pass a new piece of legislation is an effort by someone to impose their sense of morality on others. Imposition of morals is thus a two-way street. The question is, will good values or bad values prevail? Will we choose to walk in the light or in the darkness? Will we accept fables or speak the truth? And this is true not just in the areas of public policy and politics but in our everyday lives – whatever we do. It is thus with this frame of thinking that we approach journalism for it applies as much to this profession as anything else – perhaps more so because the expectation to be truthful is very high.
Our Christian faith calls us to seek truth: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Other religions don’t do that, nor have they ever established any basis for truth in society. They’ve all tried to hit the mark and missed miserably. That’s what makes Christianity so great.
Real journalism isn’t about re-writing press releases, it isn’t about libelous and sensational celebrity gossip, it isn’t about majoring on little factoids or capturing sound bytes and grabbing primary source statements in order to misconstrue or sensationalize them. That’s not what journalism is about. Real journalism is investigative, it’s thorough, it’s intrepid, it’s accurate, it’s hard-hitting, it pulls no punches, it’s not entertaining, it’s dangerous and it’s daring. It’s cold, hard and real. It seeks the truth, regardless of whom it might offend or benefit. It looks at all the facts in the light of truth. It goes where no one else wants to go. It is not beholden to agenda-driven corporate puppet-string-pullers. As George Orwell wisely said: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
Some may argue “oh but the journalism industry has evolved since the 1500’s” and I say to them “yes and no”. Yes it has grown in areas such as additional broadcast mediums, production techniques, technological expansions and has been influenced by the development of the English language but it has degenerated significantly in quality, mission and ethics. Thus, no corporate, big media outlet can claim to be the bastion of quality journalism in any way. It is because of this departure from pursuing the truth, that “news outlets” today are relegated to writing trashy celebrity gossip, meaningless and meandering opinion pieces on all manner of “non-story” topics and mass-producing fake news. Because of this, they’ve essentially dug their own graves and turned themselves into an irrelevancy… a minority lost in the din of millions of different voices.