Media malpractice, redux
You want to know why 53% of the American public is poised to blame Republicans for going over the fiscal cliff? You want to know why 53% of the American public still blames Bush for the recession caused by the housing bubble Bush had almost nothing to do with? [Incurious, dishonest] Journalists have failed to do their jobs. Their jobs used to be to provide the information that leads to the public making informed decisions. Today their job seems to be to repeat whatever moves the Left’s agenda forward.
And they get really snippy when you prove that they’re doing it.
During the campaign, Romney joked that his job was to present a clear vision for the future and the media’s job was to prevent anyone from hearing it.
He was right.
Yes, Romney was right. But whining doesn’t fix the problem — and Romney chose to run a campaign that declared it wouldn’t take on the press openly.
In a representative republic, one of two things is required to inform the electorate: a free and unbiased news media; or a news media whose biases are openly declared, and any pretense of neutrality or objectivity factored out of the rhetorical equation.
This latter doesn’t mean, naturally, that the truth can’t be told; instead, it forces people to engage the narrative slants, not just the information reported (or omitted), in order to decide who is most committed to reporting the news and who is most committed to shaping it — and by extension, them.
Which is why I prefer the latter configuration for the news media. A free press doesn’t have to be an unbiased press, and by purposely conflating the two, the left has been able since to take it over incrementally, creating a propaganda machine that enjoys the fictitious reputation for even-handedness and neutrality.
Fewer and fewer people trust the mainstream press. But the truth is, most people continue to get their news from a mainstream outlet, and though people are quick to claim they don’t believe the legacy media is being completely straight with them, they nevertheless absorb many of the left’s tropes through sheer repetition until the biases are practically institutionalized and the parameters narrative frame artificially set.
So the question becomes, how does a free people — the vast majority of whom don’t follow politics nearly as closely as we here in our sphere of information dissemination do — circumvent a propaganda machine in league with big government and progressive activism?
Because the only thing I can come up with is an EMP strike, and that seems just a little drastic, even for me.