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The Media

raisingarizona
I read some of the posts on here and it seems like some actually take what they here and read from the corporate controlled media outlets as something that's actually credible and unbiased. Often the "facts" I see posted up are equally as questionable coming from the resources used. Anyways I saw this on Facebook and it made me think of some of the political arguments here on the NY Ski forums.

This was a post on Facebook by Bruce Fenton.

"Same paper. Same story. Same day.

Different markets designed to play to different audiences.

Why? To better inform one group of readers over another? Of course not. It's to sell more papers.

Not only will media craft points of view for stories based on what sells best, they will pick the stories that sell best.

In other words they not only tell you what to think on a topic, they tell us what topic to think about.

This type of manipulation is only the tip of the iceberg. More than 95% of the media and entertainment we consume is controlled by less than a dozen companies. Their goal is not at all to inform, it's to sell ad space. Now there is nothing wrong with that, it's their business model. Where it becomes harmful is when people think that this is actually news that is meant to inform. It's not.

Television is much, much worse than most print media. Complete with news story theme songs and graphics designed to increase angst and drama, carefully selected words and newscasters, it is a daily parade of manipulation.

Part of this manipulation of course is to get people to think it's relevant, needed, important and that they should continue to consume the crap news.

Just as casinos spend millions hiring designers to make it so you spend just a few more minutes in the room, news outlets work very hard to get you to think that they are providing something valuable or even important every moment you watch is another potential advertising dollar. This is why, for many, watching the "news" becomes a nightly habit.

Shut it off."

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PeeTex
Yes indeed - both sides, and sometimes the truth is not in between - it's no where to be found at all.

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Coach Z
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and this is from the paper judged to be the most balanced.  NBC / MSNBC / CNN / Fox are the least balanced

"It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport."
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raisingarizona
It's a business and I get that but I don't think it's healthy to pay too much attention to them either.

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mattchuck2
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I don't think this story is true.

I think it was the early and late editions of the journal. The early version said that Trump softened, because that is what he was expected to do (sort of a "Dewey defeats Truman" thing).

The late edition came out after he actually delivered the speech and the Journal realized that he didn't soften at all.

I don't think there's anything nefarious going on, I just think it's newspaper editors on deadlines that didn't wait for the full story before filing their reports.

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mattchuck2
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My other question remains, though.

If you can't get information from these "mainstream" sources, then where can you get reliable information? Give me a trusted source that you use, RA. I seriously want to know who you trust to give you information about things that go on in the world.

And you can't say "nobody" because that's a cop out answer that doesn't do anything to help advance the knowledge of the human race.

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Gaper Rog
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Nobody is the truth and that's the problem we have.

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PeeTex
Gaper Rog wrote
Nobody is the truth and that's the problem we have.
Bingo

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raisingarizona
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mattchuck2 wrote
My other question remains, though.

If you can't get information from these "mainstream" sources, then where can you get reliable information? Give me a trusted source that you use, RA. I seriously want to know who you trust to give you information about things that go on in the world.

And you can't say "nobody" because that's a cop out answer that doesn't do anything to help advance the knowledge of the human race.
You have to take every bit of information you receive and think about it critically. If you don't think that these sources have an agenda you have your head in the sand. I stand by my opinion that it's best to turn your television off though. That shit is serious brain rotting material.

Critical thinking skills will advance the knowledge of the human race.

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ml242
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mattchuck2 wrote
I think it was the early and late editions of the journal. The early version said that Trump softened, because that is what he was expected to do (sort of a "Dewey defeats Truman" thing).
That's confirmed now.

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