The 2020 US election drew worldwide attention with one party claiming victory while the other alleged election fraud — not unlike the ballot-stuffing that goes on in Third World dictatorships.
So, who really won??
The answer: NO ONE! Everyone — especially those living in the US — lost big time because the news media did not do its job. It was far worse than the public not being informed … people were simply manipulated. They were used. Big time.
The result is that a once-great nation is now sharply divided. The news media is partly to blame for the mess, and shame on them. Instead of reporting facts without bias, major news organizations took sides in their election coverage, a fiasco that has made the US media the laughing stock of the world.
A huge part of the problem was that reporters and editors became advocates, destroying what little trust the public had in them. Good luck in winning back that trust.
A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE MEDIA LANDSCAPE
Over the last decade or so journalism has been bleeding heavily from some serious stab wounds. The job cuts were brutal. Tens of thousands of reporters were thrown out of work.
On one level, I ‘get’ the layoffs: shrinking revenues, fat cat executives, shareholders demanding a healthy return, the rise of social media … on and on it goes. There were many knives.
Another massive wound is that neutrality is now sadly lacking in the business. I’m referring here to media censorship and partisan/biased reporting. The unfairness is often way over the top. And it’s so common — and therefore so noticeable. It’s hardly a secret that the media has an agenda … it seems as though the function of many news organizations nowadays isn’t primarily to report the news, it’s to sway public opinion. With cancer like that comes a huge drop in respect and trust. Must say, I have a difficult time understanding why anyone would think sleaze is good for any organization — organized crime included. [For figures on how much faith the public has in the news media, go to ‘Media Trust Hits All Time Low’ at the end of this post.]
As a long-time friend and media veteran [40-plus years’ experience] recently put it, “It’s called ‘paycheque journalism’ for a reason. Those with integrity need not apply.”
There was a time when people living in the so-called Free World pointed fingers at the Soviet Union [USSR] and the People’s Republic of China for media censorship, cronyism and, heavy-handed political correctness. We’re now looking slightly hypocritical.
Full disclosure: I am not a big fan of television news which I see as shallow, containing too much information and misinformation often spoon-fed by the establishment and the ‘Deep State.’ More often than not a TV newscast is embarrassingly one-sided. Long gone are the days when reporters presented the nuts and bolts of a story so viewers could decide what was going on. Today there is far too much ‘agenda-reporting.’ One would have to be a complete moron not to work that out.
Sadly, some viewers don’t really give a rat’s ass about whether the news is accurate. What’s important to them is: does it fit our narrative? That is their only concern.