A “gloves off” view of what’s wrong with America’s major news media and the threat that it poses to our democracy…
We see it all the time – important issues are raised, but all too quickly the mudslinging erupts. Instead of getting to the bottom of what’s really happening, the combatants on TV newscasts hurl labels instead of facts and accusations instead of exploring solutions. It leaves viewers shaking their heads and shrugging their shoulders.
It’s seems no matter how much money is spent by our government leaders in the Congress, federal agencies or the White House, the country seems to be stuck in “Park.” A very, very noisy “Park.”
Independent Journalist Bill Moyers this week had a very illuminating discussion with someone whose job it is to monitor the news media, as well as the country from the lofty perch of higher education. You don’t have to be a lefty, righty, Libertarian or drink a lot of tea to “get it” that the U.S. in a lot of trouble – not because one side or the other isn’t winning, but, rather, that the American public have not shown up for work to fulfill their responsibility to be properly informed and engaged in what’s going on – to support fixes that put the country first, instead of bull-horn special interests. Both seen, and UNseen.
Here’s Mr. Moyers’ conversation with Marty Kaplan, head of the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California who, in a short coversation, tries to outline the appropriate roles for journalists as advocates for truth, or at the least, drawing important conclusions from verifiable facts – not just creating opinions based on what they feel “ought” to be. Click here.