How Much Can We Trust The Media To Tell The Truth?

How Much Can We Trust The Media?

Media bias! Why or how can we get the truth?

 

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!

Around 80% now say the media can no longer be trusted!

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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So please do!

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4 Responses to How Much Can We Trust The Media To Tell The Truth?

  1. knopfman says:

    The influence that advertising now has on any media that allows advertising has reached the point where editors select and shape articles not only on the basis of their expected interest for readers but for their influence on advertisements.

    Serious articles are not always the best support for ads and an article that puts the reader in an analytical frame of mind won’t generally encourage the reader to take seriously an ad that depends on fantasy or promotes a trivial product, and an article on genuine social suffering might well interrupt the “buying” mood on which most ads for luxuries depend.

    I like this quote ..

    “Advertising is the art of arresting the human intelligence just long enough to get money from it”.
    — Chuck Blore

    The only way that I know of that will allow you to get even a little bit close to the “truth” is to read several different newspapers that have different slants and to watch different news channels, although Fox is the only major one that isn’t to some extent in the administration’s pocket.

  2. divka says:

    It’s not just the information that we get from the MSM that needs to be questioned, because what is known as SWAG now affects blogsites and most celebrities too.

    What is SWAG?

    SWAG is perks, “Stuff We All Get”, and a whole host of people get it.

    A blogsite might slant an article in order to get a free plug on a very big website and most celebrities accept gifts such as iPods, trips to Hawaii, digital cameras and silk kimonos etc. and the issue is so prevalent that the Internal Revenue Service had now become involved.

    Associating products with famous people is good advertising and almost always results in a rise in sales, so, when an international star like Nicole Kidman, for example sporting a Prada bag that she got in a swag basket, it’s great advertising for Prada.

    Magazines, television stations and newspapers are all sent SWAG and its effects are generally only known by the sender and the recipient.

    The bottom line is that you must now question and double check all information, compare what you read and then consider the sources.

  3. Richard says:

    In the words of Heath Ledgers Joker “Not. . . One. . . BIT!”

  4. mercy says:

    The only way that I know of that will allow you to get even a little bit close to the “truth” is to read several different newspapers that have different slants and to watch different news channels.