Saturday, September 6, 2008

Fox Attacks

I don't know what to make of of the news media in this country. The ownership circle is so small, and is in charge of so many outlets, that I think the message is skewed to suit their opinions. A lot of people speak of the "liberal" press, which might tend to favor Obama over McCain. But Fox News crosses a line, vilifying, sending out negative messages that will make people fear Barack Obama. What do you think of liberal vs convervative press, and when does it go too far?


Dan-Eric Slocum said...
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Dan-Eric Slocum said...

Kristin. When I was a kid-- every major city had four TV stations, at the most. (Three network affiliates and maybe and independent). Radio stations were few. Very little FM in those days. No cable.

We had the standard-bearers, Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite and the list goes on.

Oh sure, there were the editorial pages, there was opinion-- but it was much easier to discern where you were gathering your information.

Now, the pie is fragmented into infinity and one has to scrutinize the source, because many "outlets" masquerade as something they are not. (Think "fair and balanced"-- yeah, right)

MSNBC has, of late, crossed my personal line and I don't watch them any longer. As Tom Brokaw recently put it-- one of the commentators on that network is "flying a little too close to the sun."

It is OUR responsibility, alas, to choose our brokers of information wisely-- to sort through the absolute propaganda.

And as journalists, we must check ourselves at EVERY SINGLE TURN on a fairness scale. Balance. Always balance.

I'm going to post this "bit" on my blog on Sunday as a reminder of the excellent point YOU bring up in this RIGHT-ON post.