One of the things that puzzles me is the trust that so many people still retain in the mass media, especially the news media. Fortunately, that seems to be slowly changing. Nevertheless, I still think we need to encourage our fellow citizens to view the news media skeptically. So here are a couple of observations for your consideration.
President Donald Trump calls fake news the enemy of the people. Is he correct? Consider this editorial by Victor Davis Hanson, The ancient war between the press and the president.
The media are furious that President Trump serially decries “fake news.” He often rants that journalists who traffic in it are “enemies of the people.”
Reporters have compared Mr. Trump to mass murderers such as Stalin and Hitler because of his dislike of the press.
Mr. Trump may be crude to reporters, but journalists are also not so innocent. They have brought much of the present calumny upon themselves in a variety of ways.
The media seem to have little concern that their coverage is biased even though polls show that the vast majority of Americans believe the media intentionally reports fake news.
Indeed, fake news is not a Trump exaggeration. Despite coverage to the contrary, Mr. Trump did not remove a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office. Testimony by former FBI Director James Comey revealed that senior Trump campaign officials did not consult “senior Russian intelligence officials,” as The New York Times reported. Vladimir Putin denied having compromising information on Mr. Trump during an NBC interview after an earlier NBC report said Mr. Putin did not deny having such information.
Check what Hanson says. Is he lying?
Who Owns The News Media?
Let’s consider something obvious. Liberal Democrats constantly complain that the rich keep getting richer, and the poor keep getting poorer, and the news media encourage us to vote for Democrats. Yet when we elect Democrats the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Is there something wrong with the advice we are getting from the news media? Could be. The rich own the news media.
- These 15 Billionaires Own America’s News Media Companies (forbes.com)
- Big Media Companies And Their Many Brands — In One Chart (npr.org)
If anyone thinks the rich are going to undermine their own interests, they are kidding themselves. Never happens. What the rich generally do is pit the poor against the middle class, pacifying the poor by helping those folk rob the assets of the so-called middle class.
Anyone who tells we don’t know who the middle class are has not thought this through. The “middle class” are just those people wealthy enough to have something to protect, but not wealthy enough to buy political influence.
One more thing.
What Is The State Of The News Media?
You may find this worth perusing, State of the News Media (pewresearch.org). These articles provide information about how we get our news now and future trends.
What do I think we should be doing? I think we should be surveying different sources, checking to see if our primary sources are trying to mislead us..