a reply to: 8675309jenny
I think it is wise to make a clear distinction between the Media, which includes movie makers, script writers, musicians, and a whole lot more, and
the News Media, which is, as far as I can tell, what you are actually referring to.
The news media should certainly be expected to adhere to the same basic rules as everyone else, when it comes to issues surrounding hate speech.
There are many figures in the US news media for one, whose sole purpose is to attract viewers by way of playing to their ignorance, intolerance, and
hatred. This needs to stop. Punditry is all very well, but there is a difference between punditry and propagandism, and while there is a place for the
former, the latter is unacceptable, and is not the responsibility of the news media to produce, or broadcast. That is what they do at the moment, but
it is not in their official remit.
Access to the news, access to information about what is happening globally, and at home in ones own back yard is necessary in order to prioritise
properly, set ones self up for future events, prepare for what is to come, and to assist a person in coming to terms with their own lives, and the
meaning of and importance of events therein in my opinion. However, reporting the news is a very different thing, than telling people what they should
think about it at the same time.
As for the rest of the media? The movie industry, the music industry? No. These are artistic realms, and great license should, and is given to
persons in those fields to cover controversial topics, because the aim of such things is to inspire emotion. A news report should inspire emotion
because of the facts, not because of the opinion of the person who reads it out to you. A movie should inspire emotions, because that is how they are
supposed to work, and one may be lead on a journey in film or music, which is necessary to their function, and which is derived from the genius of its
creators, performers, and/or producers.
News media however should be delivered without emotional, political, racial, or religious bias. I wholeheartedly support the right of journalists and
news companies to aggressively chase down data, to be strident in their demand for truth, but they must not select their targets based on the desires
or political affiliations of the news team, the ownership of the company, or any other damn thing. They must chase truth from all sources equally, and
do not have a remit to reinforce the sort of toxic nonsense spewed from both the pro republican, or the pro democrat political angles, in the minds of