Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2017-06-28-115 All News is Fake News…

The smartest way to consider all news is to view it from the standpoint of fake news.  How does one do that?  Listen closely and ask yourself questions about what you are hearing.  Is what you are hearing possible?  Who did it?  Why was it done?  What was the motivation?  Sometimes, as one considers news stories, motives seems to be left out of news stories. 

The issues regarding news have been known since the beginning of print media.  Certainly, in the United States we only have to look at the “news” industry during the elections of our second and third presidents to see how the politicians of those days understood the power of the written word.  Perhaps they understood more about the power of the printed word then than we do now?

So I would postulate that all news is fake.  That is all news is biased.  That means that all news reporting is done for a reason.  The primary reason for reporting news is to generate revenues or sell papers, magazines, books.  This includes advertising revenues as well as unit sales revenues.  In the radio and television news business the primary reason for reporting news is to generate advertising revenues.  So whatever pulls the eyes to the news stories, whatever sells the news is good for the news business.  This always leads to hype.

But news is also an important resource to government and other organizational bodies for propaganda.  At its base level propaganda is simply media designed to influence the way the population thinks about things.  Anything.  And most reporters, news writers understand this.  This is why most reporters, journalists and news writers have the motivations of activists.  They want to move their audience in a particular direction or take a particular action after their audience reads their stories.  Like it or not, that’s propaganda. 

So, when you read a news story the first question that should occur to you is why did they print this story?  What are they trying to do with this story? Are they simply reporting facts?  Or is there another motive to the story?  All of this is determined by the styling and structure of the story in question.  Are there only facts presented in the story?  Or does the writer use many adjectives and descriptive words in and around the facts?  What kind of adjectives are they, good or bad, happy or sad, enraging or funny? 

The one thing that no one can defend against are the truly fake news stories.  These are news stories which have some or all of their facts completely wrong.  One might read of a man who was shot down by a cop as he tried to surrender.  Only much later does this story prove to be completely incorrect.  The thug was attacking the cop at the time.  But the lies are printed because that was the story that could cause the most inflammation and the most readership.  It’s propaganda pure and simple and in its worst form.  And there isn’t much one can do to detect it until later stories appear which contradict the original story.  But by then the damage is done.

News stories should be evaluated with a critical eye and ear.   They should also be evaluated with skepticism until confirmed.  And one should always remember that the writer is just not reporting facts but is trying to influence readers to feel a certain way, think a certain way and even act in certain ways.  This makes the entire news media industry powerfully influential.   It is also disconcerting that only 6 mega-corporations own 90% of the entire news media industry in the United States.  It’s become a monster propaganda machine.
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These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America
http://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6
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