If media outlets contrive "news" to create "a story" to increase specific demographic viewership in the pursuit of profits, is that OK, in your opinion?
The Constitutional protection of freedom of the press was not intended for the media to inundate the public with propaganda and outright lies for the sake of profits. Most people want the truth, not a healthy bottom line for the media.
To me, the news should do one thing, and one thing only: report the news unbiasedly and professionally. Let the people draw their own conclusion I say.
Not while pretending to be news. If they want to call themselves reality TV or something else, then it's be fine.
Sometimes they're not lying, per se. They've just been fooled, like the time when they ran with the Daily Kos study hoax saying that Fox viewers were mentally deficient.
The sourcing of stories has fallen into disfavor these days, it seems. :-(
The only agenda of news agencies is to inform the public.
If they want to spin, they can say all they want if it's clearly marked as commentary or opinion. PICKING the news they think get them more of the audience they want is okay.
The first "is" should be "should be".
If you lie to make news that is wrong.
It's a form of fraud for profit in my view, and in the case of a broadcaster holding a license, ought to be prosecuted as such. At the very least, pull their license after the second offense if the huge fine for the first offense didn't do it.
It's ok if they admit it. But if they promote themselves as 'fair and balanced' or something similar while pushing an agenda or target marketing their 'news' not so much.
No, but it's never going to change. This has been happening ever since the Spanish-American War and the industrial revolution, and probably before that, too.
Your question will never change NBC's mind.
I wouldn't expect into. But maybe chickencookie would think about it a little bit....
Report the news, don't create it.
Of course. Why tell them what they have to report and how they have to report it? News sources shouldn't be required to be unbiased. Of course this is ok with me.
So, you're ok with propaganda? Being fed false narratives for someone else's idea of a good thing?
Yeah. It's not like they're blatantly lying. It's just spin. Who am I to say they can't promote their agenda? Who specifically would we submit to those rules if implemented?
The guy living in DC is okay with "spin".
rlands, I don't know. It's a question we can explore.
Ha. Good one. In any case, it's more about not regulating the press. I think that's preposterous.
People in other countries that see what disinformation in this country does to our people think this "system" is preposterous.
I just don't think it's that bad. Like I said, it's just spin. And most people can differentiate between cold hard facts and personal opinion. Even if they couldn't though, I still wouldn't have a huge problem with it. Let them report what they want.
I don't agree with you. I do not think most people can.
Sophistry is alive and well.
How did that work out for Socrates again?
But it's not outright deception. Like companies saying "made with real fruit juice" for products that have 0% real fruit juice, that is an issue. That's straight up lying. Bias isn't lying.
Hmmm. A lie of omission isn't a lie? How is "spin" held in a court of law? Can the same approach by utilized by your doctor? You kids?
This isn't the same thing as a court of law. Objectivity is essential to law; it's the core aspect of the judicial system. It isn't really comparable to the media. And I'm having a hard time figuring out what "spin" would be for a doctor...
"Oh yeah. Those side effects....nahhhh! You're fine. Just....don't move....like, for a month."
Never had that happen to me, not have I heard it happening to others. In any case, that's straight up lying. It's denial of facts which one knows to be completely true. That isn't bias/spin/whatever you want to call it.
It seems to be prevalent, but they are not only doing it, they're thriving.
We're against it,yet we're directly supporting it without $$$.
The purpose of news is to provide information, not please people.
But of course, raw facts don't make them as much money.
It's not news if it's contrived. It's Marketing.
They can do what they want, but they've lost my respect.