marteezy wrote:mhardy_03 wrote:The politicians in this country suck. But the media is easily a bigger problem because they are the ones that end up convincing people of things.
The people are responsible to form their own opinions. The media simply lays out the events of the day. It’s the individuals responsibility to be able to know the difference between journalism and commentary.
If the individual doesn’t know that difference or is too lazy to do their own research, how is that the media’s fault?
Yes there are media outlets that are less than honest. Thankfully today, you don’t have to rely on just one outlet. There are tons out there that are doing good, credible journalism. But many of us like to stick with outlets that support our beliefs, so we quickly dismiss anything that challenges us as fake news or dishonest.
Fact is, we have to stop being lazy.
Very much yes & quite a bit of no. You're right on many, many millions of people MT. Further, the blind party loyalists don't care about facts.
But there's a sizeable segment of our country that don't have the highest of IQ. There's a sizeable segment that have few resources. There's a sizeable segment that work long hours, have lots of family responsibilities. Many have multiples of the above.
I know that for the 25 years I was working, building & raising a family there was very little time to read the paper or watch TV. I might go days & days with no time to do either, often just a few minutes of one show in the evening or a scan of the front section & the local section headlines. So the guy/gal who can only catch an occasional 'news' segment or internet/newspaper article is certainly wide-open to misinformation, particularly the way ALL of the 'news' channels structure the way they tell so many stories. If you turn it on 2 minutes in, you hear things presented as fact rather than maybes. And all of the many competing 24-hr cable networks intentionally blur the lines between journalism & opinion. That's not Joe Schmo's fault or because he's lazy.
I agree with you for many, but the media bears tremendous responsibility for many as well. Some of these hosts just flat lie, egregiously, daily.