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MSNBC's Chris Matthews gave a speech last night at Harvard's Institute of Politics Forum where he made a few eye-opening confessions:
“I am here to make something of a confession,” Matthews said. “Television is limited in the way it can tell the political story of our time.”
"That's not what I get," he continued. "And it was basically pro-war during the war.. the bosses were. And I was up against that.
Originally posted by vor78
Its not that they're pro or anti war, though.
Its all about ratings. They change the slant of their stories to fit the viewership and the political winds. That's why the left thinks the media has a conservative bias, while the right believes it has a liberal bias. In reality, it has no bias, except lining its own pockets. To that end, the news media will alter its delivery of the news to suit the market. Its all a load of crap and we usually just get one side of the story...the side the media thinks that we want to hear.
Its actually just a form of entertainment, not news.
Originally posted by Maxmars
Journalism, and news are not really pliable to 'what the people want to hear' - or at least it never had been when the point was to 'get the story' and publish 'what the people have a right to know.' I am old enough to remember that as the rallying battle-cry of the reporters of old.
Now we are looking at some fuzzy notion of news as 'what's popular?' I can't get my head around that as a paradigm shift in the industry. I think it was clearly that most of the news industry simply bought into the agenda in play and engaged in institutionalized propaganda - a decision which met with little to no resistance all the way down the line.