How Much Can We Trust The Media?
Reporters, newspaper editors and TV producers amongst others influence what is broadcast on TV and what is printed in newspapers.
With so much now going on in the world, I’ve been pondering how much of what we see and read is influenced by their personal opinions and beliefs, and also by advertising revenues etc.
Public Mistrust Is Growing
Over the last three years public mistrust of the media has skyrocketed and rightly so!
We can now read several different newspapers and watch several news shows and come to no real conclusion because they all present supposed facts in a totally different and biased way.
The Problem With The Media
MSM Has To Make A Profit
Without pleasing shareholders and a board of directors, mass media enterprises would simply cease to exist, and all of those directors and major shareholders have a bias.
Advertisers Call The Tune
And since the MSM has to make a profit, big advertisers dictate what will be printed or shown.
Bad News Sells
Bad news is not just depressing, but it’s sensationalist too!
Compare a story about an airliner that went missing and was never found, to that of nuns that are helping sick people and risking their lives in Africa.
So How About Blogs?
In general reading blogs may be better because most aren’t out to make a profit and the writer doesn’t have an editor or shareholder.
But every blog owner will have his own particular bias and his blogs will reflect it.
So How Can We Get Some Media Truth?
The only thing that I can suggest is to read articles from a range of left and right wing newspapers and to get your TV news from left and right wing sources.
And only then maybe make up your mind.
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