- Dec 8, 2011
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"But I think what we'd see happen is all "news" media turning into nothing more than Hannity or Maddow - focusing on only what which advances their agenda, avoiding all contrary information, distorting the views of the other side, and making ridiculous assumptions and extrapolations."What description?I didn't figure it. I'm asking it, because you're not being very direct and I'd like some clarification.How did you figure that?Are you saying that right wing media doesn't do what I describe?But when the alleged arbiter is one of the wrongs...I didn't say equal. My point is two wrongs don't make a right.It is not an equal thing as you suggest. MSM is biased. Conservative media is not MSM. That’s the dilemma.Both ends of this are dishonest. Both play the same games, as I describe above.She does not claim to be biased and neither does her network. Dishonest.That's a pretty slim difference. Her agenda is blazingly clear to all, and she doesn't claim to be objective.Hannity admits he’s conservative; Madcow does not admit she’s lefty. There’s the dilemma.I'm afraid you're right, and it could actually get worse. There is now a movement that would essentially free all "news" media from even claiming to be objective journalism. So all the TV networks, newspapers, radio, etc., would just go ahead and admit how they lean and go pure advocacy. It's essentially officially giving up, and admitting that the charade is over.11 for me.I was in the business for about 18 years
Being in the business, you know this will not happen. Especially if you know reporters, editors and publishers. They know which side of the bread is buttered. I saw the priorities of corporate media change first hand seemingly overnight from a focus on journalistic integrity and ethics to headline chasing, breaking news and more often than not click bait articles. Newspapers and TV only embraced Internet because they had no other choice. Ride or die. It was once a scary, powerful new platform to them but the ad revenue stream was too good to not exploit. Now that's done, the media are addicted. But that Internet addiction has watered down the impact on the entire industry now that the field has been leveled: IE. any mouth breather can buy a website and declare themselves 'news content providers'.Moral relativism only lowers standards across the board. This doesn't improve unless and until both the Left wing media and the Right wing media are held accountable by their own tribes.
Over three paragraphs is too much for most people to read. Seriously, these were the conclusions from industry studies we read. Facebook and Twatter's platforms soon became popular enough that people consumed the headline only, and then endlessly debated this instead of actually consuming the whole product, spawning completely pointless Internet arguments on the daily between the unwashed.
The exposure and ad revenue gold mine is simply too good for the media to hold itself accountable these days. I believe they will keep doing the bare minimum (doing just enough to avoid lawsuits), and the dumbing down of news as we know it will continue.
But I think what we'd see happen is all "news" media turning into nothing more than Hannity or Maddow - focusing on only what which advances their agenda, avoiding all contrary information, distorting the views of the other side, and making ridiculous assumptions and extrapolations. And if you're thinking "they already do that", I can understand that. But it would be worse.
As long as they're not held accountable by their fans, this just gets worse.
So: Does the right wing media do what I describe?