This is the final segment in a continuing series on the state of journalism in the U.S. REASONS WHY THE NEWS MEDIA IN AMERICA IS SO DYSFUNCTIONAL 7. Agenda driven political coverage is actually preferred by some in the audience as it helps validate their existing feelings. There are enough media choices today that a

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Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. 4. Ownership rules were loosened by the government so now, a small handful of companies own all the media. There is no diversity and these companies often use their media outlets to promote their agenda. Once upon a time, there was diversity in media ownership. Not anymore.

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This is a continuation of this article on how the news media is failing America. 2. Operating budgets are so low that investigative reporting is out of the question and generally, employees are so overworked that there simply is no time to do a good job. I hear lots of people complain that people who

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As a United States citizen, I cherish the rights I have been granted by virtue of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Of all our constitutional rights, my personal favorites tend to be free speech, freedom of religion and a free press, all found in the First Amendment. Congress shall make no

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Real journalism can be very boring. Sensationalized gossip on the other hand is quite entertaining! Human nature being what it is, many people actually prefer the latter, even if they don’t even realize it on a conscious level.  (Or want to admit it.) Real Journalism = Low Ratings Documentaries and hard hitting news shows are

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It’s probably difficult for most of us to recognize quality journalism since it is such a rare bird.  Not extinct, but rare indeed. Quality journalism is: Factual Objective Comprehensive In-depth Unfortunately, much of what is called journalism today is: Full of half-truths or even outright lies Subjective Limited in scope Superficial I was lucky enough

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Look closely at this picture of Paul Ryan “washing pots and pans” at a soup kitchen.  See how clean that apron is?  See that huge crease down the front? A crease like that probably means it was just removed from its’ packaging, brand new and ready for the cameras!  The entire scene looks staged, because

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The consequences of our extremely dysfunctional media are quite dire. I firmly believe that our biased, agenda-driven media is absolutely one of the largest problems we have in America, if not the single biggest.  This bold statement is based on my lifetime of experience as a news/political/history junkie who worked as a member of the

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The news media does a poor job of informing the public on critical issues for many different reasons. Here is a list of the eleven biggest reasons with details following. 1. As for-profit entities, they are beholden to advertisers. No news organization can afford to alienate advertisers. 2. Operating budgets are so low that investigative

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IF A MEDIA GROUP HAS TO RELY ON ADVERTISERS TO SURVIVE, THEN QUALITY JOURNALISM DOESN’T REALLY STAND A CHANCE. That is a bold claim.  I say it only after decades of experience working in the television news media. Let me try to help you learn this fact more quickly. Here in America, every business survives

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