What Can "We" Do About the "News?"

Thom plus logo Our media continuously miss the real stories. As our children are being slaughtered by weapons of war that no other developed country allows on its streets, our media fail to document the trail of money and lies from weapons manufacturers through front groups like the NRA directly into the pockets of politicians and political parties.

Similarly, as climate change brings us more and more severe storms and a hurricane threatens our East Coast, the media fails to report on the millions used by fossil fuel companies and petro billionaires to control the narrative. Almost twice as many climate deniers make it into the major media as do serious scientists, yet nobody is pointing out the connection to big money. Since Reagan ended the need for news organizations to actually report the news, our "news media" has turned into a piece of the entertainment industry, with reality TV "panels" replacing expert analysis, and endless discussions of a few select stories replacing real information and in-depth news.

Of all the damaging things the Reagan Revolution did to America, its impact on our media is the worst.

-Thom

Comments

deepspace's picture
deepspace 2 years 50 weeks ago
#1

Control the mind; control the masses.

Willie W's picture
Willie W 2 years 50 weeks ago
#2

Everyone reports the same news. It's the coments that sometimes follow (scripted or spontaneous) that divide us. They are just opinion, but somehow qualify as news. It's a buyers market.

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