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Media Circus

Matt Wuerker
© Matt Wuerker

People buy the media they want, consequently we all get the media we deserve. So what does that say about us?

However, I think some of this problem is an artifact, left over from the days, not so very long ago, when you could trust the news media. You know, back when there was such a thing as journalistic integrity, and there really was a “free press” instead of one wholly owned by multinational corporate interests. There are lots of people who still unblinkingly trust what they are told by the mainstream media. Hopefully, those people are a dying breed. In the future, there will be nobody left who remembers when the media made any attempt to be objective and check facts.

In this context, Fox’s slogan “We report, you decide” is actually frighteningly accurate. You are on your own deciding what to believe.

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6 Comments

  1. Arthanyel wrote:

    Hannity’s viewership is down 50% since the election and O’Reilly’s is down a lot as well. Maybe some people are starting to spot the difference between news and “news-like propaganda”

    Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 10:12 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    I read that Hannity in particular was down because he steadfastly predicted a Republican landslide. People don’t like being lied to, especially about objective and quantifiable facts.

    Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink
  3. Jon wrote:

    On the contrary, some people absolutely LOVE being lied to about objective and quantifiable facts. There’s even a phrase to describe it. It’s called “confirmation bias,” and it’s still alive and well.

    Friday, January 4, 2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink
  4. Dan wrote:

    PBS- I tell everyone to watch it because I’m tired of debating Fox News watchers on Facebook.

    Friday, January 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink
  5. PatriotSGT wrote:

    Maybe they can sell the network to Al Jeezera like Current TV. Wouldn’t that be fun to watch the office interactions. Hey, that might be a good reality TV show. THey can get Glenn Beck to be a guest on Current and Keith Olberman for FOX. I mean, since it’s all about the money. I bet people would sign up for pay per view for those episodes. :)

    Friday, January 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink
  6. Patricia wrote:

    Ha! Ha! Ha! PtSgt, that’s rich — couldn’t we have fun cooking up a “Dream Team” for Fox and Friends! :-)

    Friday, January 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink