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Have our National News Media outlets become simple propaganda machines, feeding us a one sided version of the news?

“Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes.” ~ Wikipedia

Fox News claims to be an impartial, national news outlet, with the duty to bring to the audience, the impartial news, news representing the real nature of the event, without introducing bias or partiality.

CNN and the other News outlets are also socially designated to give us non-biased news as it occurs. Today, our national news outlets fail to give us an impartial report of events without trying to persuade us that their interpretation of the event is the proper perspective in which to view the reports and A/V (audio/video) footage.

Many people have turned to the Social Media outlets on the Internet to search for the truthful news, without all the slanted fanfare. Sometimes we get lucky and find a source but the social media are also biased, perhaps more so, than the National sources.

It’s getting harder to find the truth of how our global social frame work is evolving, what it is becoming and how we are affected by it’s evolution. Most News outlets are owned by an individual or organization. It sometimes appears that these owners have an agenda to instill an attitude towards a country, their people and their way of life or a particular political affiliation.

Is it impossible to find truth in reporting in our society today? Has Fox News become a mouthpiece for the republican party and CNN a mouthpiece for the Democratic party? What about the other news outlets, are they also working with an agenda that helps to slant the News towards their perspective or is it all about raking in the audience and making the bucks?

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    Oct 6 2012: It is all about selling advertising and that is all it is. Clearly liberal media is better at that.
    We have:
    Msnbc
    Nbc
    Abc
    Cbs
    Pbs radio and Tv
    Cnn

    Are clearly liberal

    But lets get rid of Faux News having this one conservative station is just too much (8^(l)
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      Oct 6 2012: I see your point Pat and you are correct; perhaps we need more conservative input in the news, but not Rush Limbaugh or his want-a-be's.
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        Oct 6 2012: Then Glenn Beck? (8^(l)
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          Oct 6 2012: If it makes the conservatives happy then yes..... Glen Beck. :)
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        Oct 6 2012: 'perhaps we need more conservative input in the news'

        One of seven studies IN A ROW showing that Fox news viewers are less informed than those who view any other news network as a source of information (or no news at all in other studies).
        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/17/fox-news-viewers-are-the-_n_798146.html

        and by Pats own admission, the only Conservative news agency available.
        We don't need more conservative input on the news, we need reality, which happens to have a liberal slant, thats just how it is.
        Even PBS acknowledges that, apparently (given the list from Mr Gilbert). :P
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          Oct 6 2012: Being a Liberal minded individual I find it hard to disagree Xavier but I am aware if the liberal mindset is not challenged, it can evolve into something we never intended it to be.

          The republican part, in my opinion, ended with President Eisenhower. John McCain is one of the old guard and reasonable aligned with both conservative and Liberal. What we need is more conservative news but news that is aligned more in the middle of the spectrum. Glen Beck started out that way then became a bit outlandish and finally just all round odd.

          I still watch Fox News when I want to see what the other side thinks, but I can only stand it for so long. In my part of the States, Georgia, if you go to the hospital or visit your doctor's office, you will watch Fox News and the remote is always broken, lost, or no one knows how to work the TV. :) We need more conservative leaders calling for more middle of the road conservative news reporting. The idea of dissing about 50% of our population (My own thoughts) is just an outlandish idea. They need to change and we need to help them.... somehow.
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          Oct 6 2012: We is what we is.

          Really, I have made about 1500 posts on TED, what have I said that leads you to believe I am not informed?

          Incidentally the questions on Arianna's (who has demonstrated her profound wisdom many times) blog are genuinely laughable.

          The first question, you bet ya that the stimulus caused job losses, of course you would have to understand why, that nasty comprehension thing is required.

          2 Hmm let me think how has medicare been going since LBJ dreamed that one up lets see can we project forward with O, you bet ya. Of course the propaganda from O is that it will save money, but that is the correct answer REALLY? REALLY? REALLY?

          3 The economy is getting worse, you bet ya, O told us it is getting better, no boys and girls, the propaganda may show some miniscule up tick but when you have almost 4 yr of unemployment above 8% and many more people on food stamps and 16 trillion dollars in debt you bet ya the economy is worst. But that would require a MODICUM of understanding of economics 101

          This class is a clear case of what the psychs call projection.
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          Oct 6 2012: John

          "They need to change and we need to help them.... somehow."

          And there is the rub, liberals say things like this, conservatives say let them find their own way.
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        Oct 6 2012: Yea Glenn Beck is my favorite.
    • Oct 6 2012: " It is all about selling advertising and that is all it is. Clearly liberal media is better at that.
      We have:
      Msnbc
      Nbc
      Abc
      Cbs
      Pbs radio and Tv
      Cnn"

      How are these clearly liberal, id maybe grant you CNN, what are you basing these claims on?
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      Oct 6 2012: CNN is so conservative biased over the last year, it's disgusting... So I don't know what you're talking about. Almost every major news organization does whatever corporations want them to do. Even MSNBC said Obama lost the debate, meanwhile, if you pay attention to policy, or the Romney campaign, everything Romney said in the debate was a bold faced lie.

      This is the real bias... A lie people like to hear, is better than the truth people don't. Obama said, the economy was mediocre and mired in 40 years of incompetent legislation... Romney said, the middle class won't have to pay a dime more... and he won? The middle class isn't going to pay a dime more, while we're 16 trillion dollars in debt... is a winning argument? In fantasy land, where magic fae rain money from the sky.

      There is only one interest that controls media... Business... You know what businesses message is? "Shut up about Gary Johnson."

      If fox news had a conservative bias, he would be on there every night.
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        Oct 6 2012: Honestly I don't watch the news at all so I will take your word for it. From what I hear though and see the major networks, NPR, NYT, are very liberal.

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