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“If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.” –Thomas Sowell
Given what I see on my daily Facebook news feed, there seem to be many people under the impression that television “news” programs are actually providing them with news. Perhaps I’m being harsh, but I’ve seen very little on television that I would consider a dispassionate, unbiased, factual accounting of information and events.
So, today, I have to say this:
I am grateful that I have sufficient firing brain cells to be able to recognize that any “news” organization that has “anchors” who resort to yelling, interrupting, sneering, hurling insults and purposefully distorting facts and misinforming the public is NOT a legitimate news source. Folks, watch these freak shows if you want to, but please, for the love of cheese, recognize them for what they are…a dressed-up version of Jerry Springer.
We have gone from this
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Whatever your personal beliefs, is it too much to ask that we require more objectivity and integrity from our “reporters,” and, just maybe, raise the level of discourse in this country? If we prefer to see people who represent our personal ideals get in a ring and box it out, then let’s do that. Give them some gloves and a baby pool filled with Jello, and sell some tickets and popcorn. Maybe we could give the proceeds to our particular cause. But please…let the real journalists handle the news.
As for me? I’ll stick to reading the papers and some online news sources and spare myself the theatrics.
And for those of you who don’t recognize the man in the first image…? *sigh. “Good night, and good luck.” © Racheal Lee Bradford