Is this the age of which Thomas Jefferson spoke? Will media’s refusal to report news result in ignorance that results in the loss of our freedom?
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816
Traveling across America we are able to determine where a person stands politically by watching the news programs they choose to watch. How can this be if true news is reported honestly?
Albert Einstein is credited with saying:
Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else.
(Since this was posted in 3013, sadly our nation has become much more polarized rather than less polarized.)
How much more prejudiced is a person who will only listen to a ‘news’ source with whom he or she agrees?
What will happen to a nation when those who once reported news resort to printing only political opinion or news that supports an agenda with which the agency agrees or the agency finds favorable to their ’cause’?
Yet this is what news and so-called journalism has become in the U.S.A. and more and more Americans seem to be standing in line to hear their political opinion espoused. That’s no problem so long as it isn’t disguised as ‘news.’ News must be factual, accurate and unbiased!
Our nation is sadly divided. There is hope.
With the exception of Hillsdale and a few others, the majority of our institutions and our news outlets have become propaganda mills. In part this can be explained because schools have become political indoctrination mills in some states and university positions are almost exclusively held by far-left ideologues.
When students do not understand political indoctrination or the difference between propaganda and factual information, how can they be expected to make informed decisions and think independently?
What can be said about a nation where one’s political persuasion is readily determined by others simply by observing the person’s choice of media? I feel the answer to this question is that the nation is in a downward spiral.
In “A Measure of Media”, a study done by Tim Groseclose, Department of Political Science of UCLA in 2004, the following determination was made in regard to new stories by major news agencies:
Our results show a strong liberal bias. All of the news outlets except Fox News’ Special Report and the Washington Times received a score to the left of the average member of Congress. Consistent with many conservative critics, CBS Evening News and the New York Times received a score far left of center. Outlets such as the Washington Post, USA Today, NPR’s Morning Edition, NBC’s Nightly News and ABC’s World News Tonight were moderately left. The most centrist outlets (but still left-leaning) by our measure were the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, CNN’s NewsNight with Aaron Brown, and ABC’s Good Morning America. Fox News’ Special Report, while right of center, was closer to the center than any of the three major networks’ evening news broadcasts.
Fox was born out of necessity when there was no agency where a conservative viewpoint was provided. Thus the logo, “Fair and Balanced”. Even so, it seems to me that we would all be better off if no-one were able to distinguish the political view of any of the news agencies and all outlets presented commentary of varying opinions. Even on commentary facts should be accurate and both sides presented.
“There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth.” ― Dorothy Thompson
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