To Report The News -OR- To Make Big Bucks
Lately we are about the business of calling out the mainstream media for abdicating their responsibility to present honest and balance news coverage. We need them to play it straight more than ever with the election little over 2 months away. But that's not going to happen so all we can do is point out the problems and urge you to consider the bias as you look to stay informed.
Our old friend and occasional radio guest Tim Bryce, author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida has been following politics and news coverage for many years and a recent column of his is right on topic. It starts like this:
"Let me preface my remarks by describing my participation in the 2016 election when I followed the press corps to several Trump Rallies in my state. One of the first things I learned was how immoral these people were and how they gladly sacrificed honest reporting for the almighty dollar."
Pulling no punches Tim! Here's an example of what he's talking about.
"To illustrate, before all of the Trump Rallies I attended, those members of the press who produced written copy had finished their work PRIOR to Mr. Trump taking the podium. The next day, I would read their copy, and realized it had nothing whatsoever to do with what was actually said during the rally, making the reporting completely fallacious and nonsensical. It was just plain wrong."
Tim Bryce goes on to talk about how the news is often treated like drama. The need for conflict, and villains and story telling overrides the requirements for truth, accuracy and context when the endgame is to make money
Tim's advice? "So, who should John Q. Public trust for news and polling? Nobody but themselves."
It is a solid article and you should it out as a reminder of what your watching from until November...and sadly ...beyond. You'll find it here along with other great reads - Thanks Tim!