Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, is still filling in for Frank, aka PCGuy, who is taking a temporary hiatus from his Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Melanie asks…
What is your honest opinion of the news and how it is shared right now? Are we being informed or fed Pablum designed to keep us uninformed and in the dark?
My honest opinion about the news is that what is represented as news today is primarily clickbait. Sensationalized sound bites or headlines intended to draw eyes and ears. Everything is labeled “Breaking News” to the pointed that the term breaking news has lost its meaning.
Much of the “news” is also biased, promoting a particular ideological agenda. Whether it’s Fox News or MSNBC, conservative newspapers or liberal newspapers, right-leaning talk radio shows and podcasts or the relatively rare left-learning talk radio shows and podcasts, they are presenting the “news” in a way that preaches to their respective — and receptive — choirs.
Most people watch, listen to, or read the news that reinforces their existing perspectives and biases. They don’t bother to read the details, understand the specifics, or even critically think about what is behind the headlines.
I don’t think the news today is designed to keep us uninformed or in the dark. It is geared more toward swaying us to buy into a particular perspective by promoting specific ideological beliefs and downplaying or ignoring anything that contradicts them.
Where is Walter Cronkite, “the most trusted man in America,” when we need him?