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John Moonstroller

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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 7 2012: Let's be clear: Fox News never represented itself as unbiased. The ridiculous "fair and Impatrial" moniker aside, Fox News established itself as a counter balance to what it perceived was a liberal bias in the news. In actuality, they realised they could make money by spinning news to a specific segment of the population who already had very narrow and conservative viewpoints. These people were not being served (or rather, pandered to) by a media that actually tried to present facts in a coherent manner enough to make people think.

    Yes, I am saying that Fox News started out with the intent of pretending to be news so that they could make money off a segment of the population who did not like the news. Along the way they have grown into the ultimate conservative propaganda machine.

    The most insidious fallout from this has been that other media outlets, such as CNN and NBC, were thus pushed into a position where they had to make their presentation of the news as angry and as exciting as Fox. If they continued with the same boring "here's the facts format" they would be put out of business. Some might even say they they were just forced to take off their mask. In all honestly, news has always been slanted, just never before slung with such bile.

    Ultimately, the fault lies with the people. If the people were interested in hearing the facts, the news would present the facts. But we want to be catered to, and we want to know that our convictions are right, and by God we sure don't want to be asked to think. If we truly wanted facts in our news we would be tied to the AP wire and that would be our only source.

    I love editorials, and I love journalism presented like hard-boiled detective fiction, but I separate that from real news and I never confuse the two. Unfortunately, very few people even want to distinguish the difference between their own narrow minded outlook and that lost incomprehensible called reality.

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