What Happened To The ‘Media’?
Do you remember the last time you could trust the nation’s media to be accurate and fair?
Media credibility became an issue following the Korean and Vietnam Wars. With the 2016 election, the veneer of professional objectivity in the press on sensitive political and geopolitical issues all but disappeared.
Ironically, the great U.S. news organizations that prospered as champions of the free press have become monopolies. In the process of consolidation, they have lost not only the thrill of competition but also respect for diverse points of view.
During the 2016 presidential election in the United States, the winning candidate personally did an end-run around the establishment media using social media. He won. In 2020, the social and corporate media monopolies joined forces to reinforce what was determined to be the dominant message themes in an election year.
Blatant media bias has become an issue. “Narratives” pushed by special interests have replaced reporting. The daily historical record is rife with errors and gaps.
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