a reply to: MichiganSwampBuck
Decades ago I too found cause to question news presented by the main stream media. One of the conclusions I arrived at as to why the msm was so
unreliable was that all outlets had at their core a driving force that only demanded honesty to the degree that it was ''profitable''.
All were riddled with commercials that were only held to the slimmest standards of integrity. In order to fit the ''news bits'' into pre-programmed
slots so that the commercials could be run, the news needed to be presented in small ''sound bites'' that could catch the ear of a viewer only to the
degree that they would be free to digest the next set of commercial messages.
It was the commercial messages that were important not the news itself.
This was across the board, from TV outlets to newspapers and magazines et all. While promising to provide ''news'' it was the other thing that they
provided that kept them in business. Commercials. Advertising that emanated from one of the most underhanded industries in American history. Madison
A question arose in my mind. If the advertisers wanted to promote ''news'' that would attract viewers and readers, would they also NOT PROMOTE news
that wouldn't attract the demographic that would be interested in their product?
That answer was simple.Yes, advertisers promoted news that would attract their desired costumers to the news presented.
And as the advertisers held the purse-strings that kept those news outlets thriving, those news outlets would tamper with the news to cater to the
needs of the advertisers.
Of course, like you, my observations have come to me over the decades so that what we see in front of us now is a vast maturing of this
advertising/news industry. So mature that now whole swaths of entertainers entertain with renditions of the news that keep their costumers coming back
for more and more and more. This industry also ''hires'' entertainers who ''believe'' the news they are entertaining with.
So what do we do. Do we just chuck the msm entirely? In favor of what? That is the big question here I think. Do we just go to smaller venues, venues
that also have at their core the need for revenue from advertising? From all of the links provided to ''alternative and conservative'' news providers
I still find to a very large degree, advertising. Me,personally find no reason to believe that there is any more honesty from these outlets as there
is from the msm.
Rather than dumping the msm entirely in favor of these smaller outlets, it might be wiser to utilize both. Pay attention to both yet hold them both to
higher standards of personal evaluation. Rely upon ourselves to disseminate the news rather than allowing any ''outlet'' big or small to disseminate
it for us.
This of course includes ATS.