“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.” – Mark Twain
The media bias in this US presidential election is unreal. The mainstream media is chronically biased to the left. CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NYT, WaPo and so on. On the other side is Fox, Breitbart and Drudge. Yet is it really any different to any other country? In Australia, the Fairfax media is often accused of being left and the Murdoch media right wing. In the UK the Guardian is biased to the left and the Daily Express to the right. I could cite many other countries and get similar results.Are we susrprised?
Ultimately as consumers (readers), we get to pick and choose what we wish to read. The advent of smartphones and digital technology is that the way consume is vastly different. No longer are we restricted to the narrow assortment of newspapers from our newsagent we can access pretty much any news from any country at anytime. No longer do we need to wait for a paper boy to lob our cling film wrapped Sunday issue onto the porch although some still like to do as a ritual.
We are spoiled for choice. Whinging about the MSM devoting 180 minutes to Trump’s locker room video and 11 minutes to Clinton’s Wikileaks accusations won’t really make a difference. We shouldn’t be surprised by the actions of CNN, which is even referred to as the Clinton News Network,of WaPo. Media outlets will ultimately pay a price if readers/viewers get fed up with the offering. Look at the NFL. Ratings have fallen 15% this year in part caused by athletes kneeling during the national anthem. Viewers pay to watch multi million dollar athletes play NFL not buy into their political moral outrage.
Look at the way we consume media. Now social media feeds are littered with “trends” and our friends choose to send things that they feel strongly about. The only real time I actually read a hard copy newspaper is on an airplane or waiting in a lobby. I do not sit down and watch 4 hours of CNN as a ritual. Read all the Pew Stats you like but traditional media sources are falling off a cliff. Part technology but part content.
The standard of journalism is going down the plughole. Because media is now consumed in soundbites, catchy headlines that bear little resemblance to the contents are almost commonplace. I remember after the Fukushima power plant explosion, one article read, “Aircraft detected with higher than normal reading of radiation”. Aghast, Fukushima was irradiating aircraft! Although in the body it was revealed the aircraft’s payload manifest was radiation equipment.
Yes it stinks that we read so much garbage today on topics that fill the agenda of the media. It is ultimately their choice to present news in their own format and own biases, except Australia’s ABC is ruled by charter to be impartial although is anything but. Whether it be human rights, climate change or politics. The sensationalist factor is greater than ever. Journalists probably get rewarded more for the number of clicks and shares than winning Pulitzer prizes.
Fact checking? Who needs facts. Look at your social media feeds. One group sends out every anti-Trump piece of bile from WaPo and NYT while completely dismissing all of the scandals from their own side. Even when questioned in the comments section about defending the indefensible, some dig in their heels. Some of these people are highly intelligent yet are just as biased as the media. I often think it says a lot about the “sharer” than what is actually “shared”. I find it hilarious that some people go to the extreme of “deleting” friends from their social media feeds because they disagree with their position. Once again it speaks volumes of the “deleter” not the “deleted.” One person proudly trumpeted she deleted friends who voted “Leave” after the Brexit referendum. Wow, are friendships so superficial that they risk being erased over exercising democratic rights?
So yes, the media can continue to form their biases created inside an echo chamber and pay the ultimate penalty of losing readers and viewers. In an ideal world it would be nice to find balanced well thought out journalism but reality is that is unlikely to happen, perhaps until it is too late. Perhaps the tale of the Sydney Morning Herald firing dozens of journalists earlier this year makes the point. Instead of conceding their poor journalism was to blame for plummeting readership they blamed their evil commercial bosses and even went on strike to protest. One of the few journalists who stayed on admitted the problem was ‘content’ but his colleagues labeled him a traitor and a sell-out.
I have been accused of running a pro-Trump bias on this blog. Not so. My main purpose has been to address the media bias on the other side. Instead of just falling for Trump is a racist, bigoted, hot-headed and disgusting oaf narrative I have tried to address other aspects of why his crowds are so huge, the economic backdrop that is creating his rise and pointing out why so many Democrats can defend Hillary’s ever growing list of scandals. I ran into the same flak when writing an “anti-environment” blog during the height of the renewable energy bubble. I argued that no-one was questioning the other side of the debate. I would receive anger mail at my stance. I kept saying that the way people are blindly following the herd on climate change and the government subsidies will be exactly why the thematic will collapse under the weight of its own propaganda. I argued that most of those climate plays would be worth 5% of then share prices as the overcapacity created by reckless government policy assured it and a coming recession would put climate alarmism to the bottom of many people’s priorities.
In closing we should not censure mainstream media bias. We should encourage it. Embrace it. The digital world allows us to consume our own feeds and news. I rarely look at WaPo, NYT or CNN for this reason. They publish ill-thought out puff pieces and I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this way. Their ratings will ultimately reflect their misreading of the mood of the people they are appealing to. To date they’ve thrown every salvo at Trump and still haven’t ended him. If Trump wins or Hillary doesn’t win by a landslide they should take a long look in the mirror at their complete lack of impact. In other words nobody has been listening.
To that end, this video from Project Veritas exposes the inner workings of the voter fraud by Democrats which the MSM is not wishing to air. Surprised? No. Then again look at it as another reason to tune out.