(Had to repost that... great one!)... They're often dramatizing storms to be way worse than they actually are to boost their viewers/listeners.
BBC rarely wrong? Heh. Classy. Somehow on 911 they reported building 7s collapse what, 20-30 min before it did? They're just as wrong as any 'media outlet'. Their business is fear and hate mongering. It sells unfortunately.
He's saying the mass media don't care about facts.You're wrong. Don't dismiss them as a rag-tag army. Accept that we've a fight on our hands. Is it at all possible to beat a diety?
Mass media is profit driven, product that the audience consumes the most allowing for increases in advertising revenue tends to jump to the fore as far as the "news" cycle is concerned. It's all just pandering to the audience now. I don't think corporations with shareholders have any drive one way or the other as far as truth and facts are concerned. Most of the corporate news channels are only trying to inflame or fulfill a demographic position.He's saying the mass media don't care about facts.
I'm not even sure what you think he was saying, the full sentence was "The truth, about any matter, is entirely irrelevant" and both surrounding sentences were about the media.
Not to suggest that the rest of your post wasn't worth commenting on, I just agree too much to have anything to add. But this......
The news has changed mightily since I was a kid, it's dissemination is mostly not in the public interest anymore.
Trickle down information is as effective as trickle down economics.Not to suggest that the rest of your post wasn't worth commenting on, I just agree too much to have anything to add. But this...
The news used to be about keeping the public informed, so they could prepare for coming potentialities that could impact their well-being, either for better or for worse. Now anything that might generally help to improve peoples lot, is either jealously guarded, if it will alert corporate rivals, or released with fanfare and hyperbole, if it will sell stocks or advance the portfolio position of a cabal of wealthy insider's, or silenced, if it will disrupt the dominant paradigm (like graphene capacitors will disrupt big oil profits, unless they were to get on board and start producing them themselves).
Sadly for us, somewhere along the line a bunch of influential conservatives determined that the news coverage produced in America needed to be more "managed" (mostly due to a combination of Cold War paranoia and fallout from Vietnam War coverage), and that the common man's right-to-know must be subordinated to "national security", which really means "protecting political and economic advantage for a few"... most, if not all, political tyrannies hide behind a waving flag and/or enflamed fears of the destruction of an undefined thing called "our way of life". Anything or anyone exposing the hypocrisy inherent in this "management" is compromised by either being labeled a "crank" or a "political hack". Anything or anybody exposing the specific lies or the obfuscation of truth that advantages "the few" and penalizes "the many", is labeled as a "criminal" and/or "dispatched" through total character assassination or actual assassination (depending on how dangerous they are to the maintenance of a dominant paradigm, balanced by how known and loved they are)... American "news" will spin the tale however "the few" (read: "oligarchs and friends/close minions") demand it be spun.
I agree that there is a large component of "Hansel and Gretel" in news focus... where one can readily see how the mass media could lose its way in a "forest" of competition... only, in this case, I fear the kids won't out-smart the witch, but will be eaten instead. I'm not sure what can be done to better serve the country and the rest of the world (and save those poor kids), except to get rid of commercial television... something that will never happen as long as Capitalism remains intact.Trickle down information is as effective as trickle down economics.
I actually don't think people in news corporations are indifferent to the truth, I just think that the economics of production of news consumption is where the current system has massive shortfalls. Left or right of centre news is spun to appeal to a targeted demographic for financial gain. The news used to be indifferent to politics, now it's mostly editorial opinions about a set of facts. Which in a competitive market, seems like an inevitable result. Different agencies all reporting the same stories must differentiate themselves from every other organization, resulting in spin, as well as hyper focus on singular stories to keep from being trumped. It's really no different than when the first burger joint added bacon to a cheese burger, to stay competitive, they all had to use bacon or lose business...
Yes, I want a damn bacon cheese burger...