Where “Both Sides” Journalists have brought us: “So there ya go folks, it’s up to you..”

August 13, 2021

NBC, NPR, ABC, CBS, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, don’t think you can just look away – you all own this.

3 Responses to “Where “Both Sides” Journalists have brought us: “So there ya go folks, it’s up to you..””

  1. grindupbaker Says:

    But it’s not metal that’s magnetic for arms, it’s Post-It notes. My arms attract Post-It notes the same.

  2. jimbills Says:

    I think the difference in the press ‘showing both sides’ is in the percentages of those that believe a certain thing. The press SHOULD NOT be the arbiters of what is right and what is wrong, or what is best for society – simply because that is a power too great for any group to hold. It’s the realm of the Pravda’s of the world, and frankly, it’s what the press has morphed into with its recent bifurcation along the political divide. Fox and its ilk pushes a narrative, and MSNBC does as well. These have become full bore propaganda machines.

    But – and it’s a very big but – minority beliefs and opinions should not be treated in the press with equal weight to majority beliefs. Tiny minority positions should be even less so.

    That was always the problem regarding climate change. Denier positions were treated with equal weight to heavy majority scientific opinion. It skewed the matter to the public for decades and has led to a lot of the problem today.

    In the 1960s, the press treated the John Birch Society as the nutty fringe group it was. Now, major media sources like Fox gives even wilder and more radical opinions free reign. It helps its ratings, after all, and what’s more important to these corporations than money and power? Additionally, powerful industries, while forming a tiny percentage themselves of overall public opinion, can wield a far outsized voice in the media due to their ad revenue and other pressures.

    On Trump, the problem in 2016 with him was that the press gave him a far outsized presence in their coverage because he drew ratings. It was free coverage – his campaign didn’t have to spend a dime for it. The other Republican candidates that year might have beat him otherwise, and he wouldn’t have drawn as much support in the general without it.

    At that time, he was a fringe candidate with fringe opinions. The subsequent four years gave him free reign to make those fringe opinions become mainstream in the GOP, and the fringe from that fringe became even more radical.

    Les Moonves and the other media heads bear full responsibility for this situation. But even more than that, it SHOULD reveal to the public that our current form of media has an inherent major flaw – while the press shouldn’t be a mouthpiece of the state, it also shouldn’t be built solely on the profit motive, where an individual corporation’s decisions are based largely on their own revenue stream. It’s not just likely to allow negative effects to public welfare – it’s certain to do it.

    There’s a big reason why climate change denial holds a much greater sway here than in many other countries. Just look at the share of public television’s media presence in each country for the answer.

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