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What is the purpose of TV news media programs?  Why are more and more people tuning out from television news programming?  Why does the youth prefer their news from John Stewart rather than CNN?  

Is it the false equivalencies? Is it the appearance of laziness in journalism? Is it really laziness or a concerted effort to misinform the public?  I'm not sure but for once I'd like for MSM aka CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and PBS to be put under the microscope of scrutiny in a critical and honest review.  I'd like to see a program where a panel of everyday citizens are asked questions of why they don't trust "the news".  

So, again I ask what is the purpose of journalism?

I once thought the purpose was to serve the public good by providing analysis of news and information based on the principles of truth, accuracy and factual knowledge.

However, that seems to have changed and not just around the edges.  Chuck Todd earlier this year became a poster child for today's journalism when he espoused the following:

"But more importantly, it would be stuff that Republicans have successfully messaged against it," Todd told Rendell. "They don't repeat the other stuff because they haven't even heard the Democratic message. What I always love is people say, 'Well, it's you folks' fault in the media.' No, it's the President of the United States' fault for not selling it."
Too many journalist on these networks seem to feel their job is not to serve the public good by providing analysis of news and information based on the principles of truth, accuracy and factual knowledge but to provide an accurate accounting of the positions put forth by Democrats and Republicans thus the false equivalencies.  

However, is this be design? Have journalist become apart of the elites they serve? No one ever asks these questions.  

Inherently, it is my belief that many people have a gut feeling that "the media" is no longer for the service of the public good, I'm a believer that it is mostly Corporate Sponsored Propaganda and thus the lack of viewers.  

It is my belief that if one of the networks ran a 2 hour special regarding American journalism it would be ratings gold provided they are critical, honest, and forthright.


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  •  Journalism Runs Directly Counter to the Interests (2+ / 0-)
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    shevas01, angel d

    of media corporations, which themselves are sponsored by corporations.

    The free press concept has always been very problematical, and in our time of great wealth and market concentration, the free press is a corporate press. And in a corporate state, the free press is the state press.

    The freedom works exactly oppositely to the framers' intentions.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 12:08:57 PM PST

    •  If media outlets (2+ / 0-)
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      shevas01, NoMoreLies

      get ratings, sponsors will come.  Because if they don't, their competitors surely will.  That is more the problem than "corporate ownership".

      Back in the BCE (Before Cable Era) the battle for ratings was fought among the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) plus PBS to a lesser extent and television stations actually signed off at the end of the day (midnight or 1:00 IIRC, though maybe in large markets they were already on 24 hours).  The ratings war was just as hard fought, but the scale of it was miniscule by comparison to today's global assault on our senses.  Now with 2700 channels to choose from, most of them running 24 x 365, outlets are scrapping for every viewer and getting more and more sensationalistic by the day.  And with social media often scooping the traditional outlets, they're getting sloppier and sloppier about vetting what stories they tell.  And if there's death and fire and blood raining from the sky, so much the better.  (Failing that, there's always BENGHAZI!!!1!!!pne.)

      The "free" press is anything but... it's become a prisoner of its own success, and if you can't find a different angle on the story you better make one up. Otherwise, nobody's gonna change the channel to see what you have that nobody else does.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 12:26:36 PM PST

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  •  The corporate news media in the U.S. is one (6+ / 0-)

    of the most effective and powerful brainwashing propaganda machines the world has ever seen.  It's eerie; science fiction stuff.

  •  Tune out, turn off (the tv) (0+ / 0-)

    and drop out of the brainwashing party.

    •  Unfortunately....too many ppl still depend (0+ / 0-)

      on network and cable news for information.  It is the biggest propaganda super highway we have.  It also appears like those of us who get our info. from the Internet may become very limited in doing so.  See link

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