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Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Main Stream Media

How does the news we get on a daily basis from the main stream media affect the way we act and think? All or most of our news comes from major networks such as Fox, ABC, NBC, and CBS. Some say that many of these large networks are advancing their own agendas. Take for example Rupert Murdoch who owns News Corporation, Fox News, The New York Post, and Dow Jones and Company which runs The Wall Street Journal. He also has ties or direct investment in many other media groups in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Murdock has donated 1 million dollars this year to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and his News America division has given 1 million dollars to the Republican Governors Association both of which are working to get Republicans elected.
Since he founded the Fox network it has been slanted decidedly to the right. It is not a station that people can watch and get an unbiased view. Fox News, however, has one of the highest ratings for consumer satisfaction because people know exactly what they are going to get. MSNBC is the flip side of the coin as a left leaning media corporation.
News stations and other media seem to influence public thinking just by reporting the same things over and over again and "hyping" up issues and events. It seems that the more reporting is done on something the more other reporters are attracted to the same issue, resulting in more reporting on the same issues. It is a never ending circle that gets bigger and bigger with every pass. I don't know if this is intentional and it may be that as the digital, instant, media gains in popularity that it will work itself out by providing unfiltered news and commentary that can be deciphered by the end consumer instead of being edited, chopped, spun, and watered down by the news networks.
I am interested in hearing what others have to say about this so please comment with your thoughts.

2 comments:

  1. We canceled our TV service several months ago, and when I happen to see any mainstream TV news coverage (in bus stations or waiting rooms on the TVs) I am just appalled by the tone that the news anchors take with the stories. Everything seems overblown and hysterical. It's even more obvious when one hasn't been watching it routinely. I prefer to read my news online from sources like NPR and PBS and then draw my own conclusions without being influenced by the news anchor's or news station's opinions.

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  2. That is the way I do it too. I get my news "on the fly" everyday by listening to NPR while driving or getting it online, and I also draw my own conclusions. Sadly it seems that many people have lost that ability though...

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