What is the role of the media? Is it to equalize the playing field between opposing philosophies or views? Is it to be the mouthpiece for a philosophy? Is it to present some facts and hide others? Should it stand for something and against something else?
Has the role of the media changed over time?
I would suggest that the role of the media has changed over time, simply by viewing the current offerings. Today’s media is willing to present points of view that in other venues or times in history, wars have been fought to oppose. Is giving equal time to truth and lies important? Is trying to discriminate the truth from lies important? Once a lie is exposed, is it important to present it as a lie or should it still be presented as having some vestige of truth?
I have said more than once, perhaps not yet on this blog, but elsewhere, if Hitler were coming into power I believe he would be interviewed in a “fair and balanced” way and be given access to the talk show hosts and circuits.
Editors are in business to keep news on the air that will sell advertising…or are they in the business to report the facts, and the facts only? Editors are in the business to report the truth…or are they in business to bow to the demands of the FCC so they will not be taken off the air? And who runs the FCC anyway? What kind of political agenda do they have?
All the agencies of government are manned by someone. Are they manned by people sworn to uphold the Constitution or are they manned by wolves in sheep’s clothing? Jesus said, “while men slept, the enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat”. Tares look similar to wheat while they are still growing, it is only when the crop comes to fruition that the difference is obvious. So why would the enemy sow tares? Maybe he was the competing merchant, so wanted to spoil the competition’s crop. Maybe he was planning an enemy attack later, and wanted to weaken the food supply.
Is the truth only the facts that are stated? Or does it also consist of facts that are not stated?
Which is more truthful as news reporting, the new job rate which explains, as does this article, that the change can be due to people dropping out of the search or the figures without any explanation?
Likewise, here is a similar explanation about core inflation excluding food and energy prices. Should the inflation rate be given without the explanation, or is the explanation a necessary part of truthful reporting?
Is withholding information lying? Is “not” covering big stories lying? Is allowing truly big stories to be pre-empted by “American Idol” type, popular gossip type stories lying?
People take time to watch the news for truth. People have limited time; they do not want to waste it. In the same way people go to a fine restaurant for a good meal, people with discriminating palates will go once and if they have a bad experience, they may never return. Some may give the restaurant a second chance, but after multiple bad experiences they will probably never return either. Likewise, when news outlets continually underreport or misreport important stories, those with discriminating news palates will go elsewhere.
The future of the nation depends on an honest and free press. If the press is neither free, nor honest in its reporting, it jeopardizes the future of the national outcome.
That is why many resort to the internet for their news. The saying “do it once to me, shame on you, do it twice to me, shame on me” applies here. Once it becomes evident that news outlets are slanting their stories, not fully covering stories or leaving out important facts, or being mouthpieces for certain political agendas, news connoisseurs for the truth will look elsewhere to find a series of news sources they consider more trustworthy.
Digging around often reveals facts that mainstream news outlets fail to report, under report, or selectively report. In today’s day and age, with so much hanging in the balance, with western civilization at a tipping point, it behooves everyone to find the most trustworthy news sources they can find to make the best decisions they can make. The future is at stake.