One of the freedoms we as American most prize is freedom of the press. We believe this makes us different, safer and superior to societies that do not have freedom of the press. Without it we say you cannot have a free society. I agree. But what happens to that free society when the press abuses the freedom given to it by the Constitution? What happens when that “free” press is not an honest press? Does not “freedom” come with some obligations?
It is doubtful that most Americans know how much the media abuses that freedom yet there is an overwhelming distrust of the media by the public. The press which was once respected, it respected very little. A few “honest” reporters are hailed a something rare and special.
It wouldn’t be surprising if we didn’t respect tabloids with their nonsense or radio or television stations trash. Although the public’s appetite for such swill would suggest otherwise. There are millions of Americans that enjoy the trash. Trash is often in the eye of the beholder. Or one’s man’s trash is another man’s entertainment. To each his own.
It doesn’t injure me if someone watches trash. I do believe a lack of quality programming and so much trash leads to a dumbing down of the culture. And leads to the seedy society we now take for granted. Especially for the young. Young minds are like computers, put garbage in and garbage comes out.
Tastes differ and there will always be those that prefer Burlesque and others that prefer opera. All well and good although not usually working all that well in the same household. Our household gets along mostly because I don’t like most “chick-flicks” and do like some action programs. I am, unashamedly a big, big fan of the Marvel Comic Movies and programs. Lou? Not so much.
Where the rubber meets the road is when it comes to the “News. Of course newspapers are in decline. Many/most people in this tech age get their “news” on-line.
I am not so much concerned with the “where” as with the “what”. Freedom of the Press can benefit the freedom of the people only if it is an honest press. We don’t have that.
Some people get all upset and believe the media isn’t honest if it doesn’t report the “news” from the point of view that they like. Others know, that their POV isn’t going to be given an honest assessment from “reporters” that “report” from a position of an ideology.
I don’t care if a reporter is a conservative or a liberal so long as I can’t tell it from what they say. The truth doesn’t have a party. It just is.
We have more information coming at us then ever before. Yet many of us are more uninformed or misinformed than I can remember in my life time.
Is that all the fault of the media? Not at all. If we accept their trash then we are partly to blame. An honest media should tell the truth, report only the facts it knows and not knowingly represses facts or distorts them. Anything less is not “Freedom of the Press” so much as it is using the Constitution for their own gain. And boy howdy do they!
The media types that think they know what should be told to the peasantry by elite types like them are an epidemic in media.
Those that make it on-air make the kind of salaries most Americans can only dream about. Still they pretend to know what the “common” man/woman thinks. More like what they think we should think.
Many Most seem to be of the opinion that their opinion is more important than the facts, facts that they often refuse to report or don’t even know. They might be worth viewing if they were as smart as they think they are.
Far too many of our “elite” media types report rumors, innuendo and lies. In their arrogance they don’t seem to understand that the more they do that the less respect people have for them. Or perhaps in their arrogance they don’t care.
Media talking heads and news readers should have to label what they do. If they are reporting facts then say so. “This is a verifiable fact” is a good way to start. “This is just my opinion” is another label that would be useful. “This is just a rumor and I have no idea if it’s true but thought I would report some gossip for your entertainment” would round out my final three.
Most people sit in front of their television sets and swallow what ever swill the media is dishing up on any given day. Truth? Lies? Most say the media is corrupt and lies and yet there they sit. WTH is that all about?
If you believe you cannot trust the media do something about it. If they report something verify it for yourself in at least 3 different ways. If you can’t verify it – don’t believe it. Remember, media lies.
In conclusion, all those angry people that were so upset that the media chooses their candidates for president? They just did it again. So what did your anger get you? Once again, they win we lose.