To The Daily Sun,
Where are the giants of the news like Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow? Alas, their days are past and with them I am afraid are the days of the unbiased news reporting. For those of us old enough to remember them and how they would sit in our living rooms and calmly bring us all the news fit to report. We got the news, and just the news, not their slant on the news. "Just the facts" was the mantra and America believed they were getting just the news.
Then something changed. Instead of the morning news and the nightly news, now it is all news, all the time, 24/7, 365. Then we saw CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the round-the-clock news channels. Now, news is big business. As the say, follow the money. News now is not about informing people, it is about setting an agenda. News has ceased being news and is now opinion.
I can't tell you how many speeches, conventions and announcements I have heard by various political figures only to be followed by a round table of "talking heads" telling me what I just heard. Sometimes what the "experts" said was being said, wasn't even close to what was really said.
This has followed in the news reporting. Don't take my word for it. Listen carefully to the words, and the slant those words bring. Listen for the adjectives, "failed programs," "outrageous programs" and "unfair policies." Who says "failed?" Who says "outrageous?" Who says "unfair?" You, the reporters? Baloney! Anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that the mainstream media has a decidedly left-wing slant. Don't believe me, just look at the words. No straight reporting here. That's not to say the the right doesn't have their outlets either. "Fair and balanced?" Bunk. Again, look at the words used.
It has gotten to the point that I don't believe any of the news outlets. As my mother used to tell me, "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see." Now I have to watch a number of them and weigh through the chaff to get to the truth, and then is it the real truth? Who knows. The only thing I am absolutely sure of is that I am not absolutely sure that any of it is the real and total truth.
I remember a line in a movie I saw once that said, "truth is singular." Today the singular truth is camouflaged by so much opinion that it is hard to know what the real truth is. Partisan politics and political agenda have done their jobs well and totally, totally confused the American public.
In my mind nothing discredits a "news reporter" or guest on a talk show more than the line, "in my new book." Now there is a blatant statement of "my agenda." When reporters stop reporting the news and start being the news, their credibility plunges to below zero and it's time to change the channel.
Small local newspapers and local channels seem to be the exception to this rule. Every one in town or in the state knows these folks and it just seems different. I can only hope that trend continues.
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