TIME has an article out where they wonder about FOX News in a post-Bush world.
Here’s a better idea: It can just go away. Where is it written in the social contract that we must have three 24-hour news channels? We don’t need three 24-hour news channels. We don’t even need one.
Fox may have invented the “Fair and Balanced” nonsense but really, all Cable news networks operate as if we live in a pretend nursery school world where “every idea is always right”. But in the real world there are bad ideas which are undeniably WRONG. If you don’t take a stand and point out the obvious problems – even if it means giving more coverage to one “side” than another – you end up legitimizing absurdity.
Wrong is always wrong and it’s the media’s role to be brave enough to point this out. Yet over and over again it has failed in its duties as the Fourth Estate, even when it knows better. You don’t have to go back to the media’s complicity in the War buildup in 2002 to see this; just look back at the last six months of “Surge” coverage (not to mention the complete blackout on Winter Soldier coverage the past few weeks). Judging by the optimistic and – we’re starting to learn – wholly simplistic analysis you’d have thought The Surge was the turning point towards peace. Now we’re seeing that things are much, much more complicated.
Ironically, the plain truth in America these days is that if your desire is to be fully informed about events you’re better off – by far – if you shut the corporate news out. You’ll get less disinformation and can start thinking for yourself for a change. Now imagine millions of Americans doing the same thing….that’s the way you start a social change movement!
March 28, 2008 | Filed Under Political |