I found an article on why reporters ask tough questions, which I kind of had always thought about before, especially when the ones the reporters are interviewing try their best to ignore questions or just say “no comment” on. The article, which I found on PR Daily and can be viewed here, had some very valid points on the matter.
The first point the author gave was that they just want the truth. “journalism’s first obligation is to tell the truth. Journalists often see themselves as truth-seekers, and they ask tough questions in an effort to get the facts. ”
Working off of that, which could have just been a sub point of the first one, is that reporters want the whole truth. They’re not just satisfied with simple answers, they want to be able to report everything as it is. The article gave an interesting point in that “sources who tell the truth often tell the version of the truth they want you to hear.”
The fourth point he gave was that reporters want personal glory from it. “But it would be dishonest to exclude the personal motivations that sometimes lead reporters to ask tough questions.” There is always personal gain to come from a job well done, whether it be recognition from bosses, promotions, awards, or just a pride boost.
Overall, there will always be tough questions to ask as reporters and journalists, and every person will have their own gains and goals to reach for each one, but this article shed some good light on the subject.