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Originally posted by laiguana
I don't watch the news on TV anymore...the only news I'll watch is on the weather channel. Quite frankly CNN, FOX and other 'news' networks are looking more and more like talk shows. A lot of blah blah blah and reporting actual news is no longer on their priority list, just the ratings. Weather channel at least provides satellite data.
Originally posted by section8citizen
It is my belief that the majority in the US believe most of what is spoon fed to them.
Certain media agencies, notably the BBC and Reuters, except in attributed quotes, avoid the phrase "terrorist" or "freedom fighter", in favour of neutral terms such as "militant", "guerrilla", "assassin", paramilitary or militia to avoid the editorialising implicit in the use of such words.  An exception to the rule can be found in the actions of BBC in the 1970s and 1980s. When BBC was reporting on the Troubles in Northern Ireland, it referred to the Provisional Irish Republican Army as terrorists, while referred to members of loyalist armed groups such as the Ulster Defence Association and Ulster Volunteer Force, as "paramilitaries." They continued to use neutral terminology of other "insurgent" conflicts around the world.
From the late 1930s until the end of the Cold War, MI5 had an officer at the BBC vetting editorial applicants. During World War II 'subversives', particularly suspected communists such as the folksinger Ewan MacColl, were banned from the BBC. The personnel records of anyone suspicious were stamped with a distinctively shaped green tag, or 'Christmas tree'; only a handful of BBC personnel staff knew what the 'Christmas trees' meant. 
Bobafett Something that changed the way I see media forever was the satirical show "The Day Today", here are a couple of my favourite pieces:
Bombdogs: Covers reporting on terrorism, and the Gerry Adams voice issue.
War: The medias manufacture of war.
Although in many ways just comedy, satire like this can really help people to start to see through the way the media operates.