from MSB regular, ‘Dennis’,
I personally believe the power of the media is dwindling rapidly.
Minds have been made up for quite some time now and most folks are not going to change their mindset based on what they see or hear in the media, especially in today’s plethora of alternative outlets.
I question the validity of everything coming from any so called news source, whether the New York Times or Zero Hedge, Fox News or CNN.
Every publication or broadcast station caters to an audience of true believers in both ends of the political spectrum.
They tend to disseminate only facts that will play to the already preconceived beliefs of their audience.
This causes me to try and absorb as much information as I can from as many sources as possible. This is the only way to get most of the facts available, and allows me to form an educated opinion of what’s truly happening.
I’m a conservative. I detest most things coming out of the socialist/communist/liberal movement. But, I’m not a blind ideologue who trusts at face value everything directed at conservatives by some blog spots or talk show hosts. I vet their claims against as many other sources I can find before I solidify a stance on any issue.
There are some outlets that I see quoted by some, even on these fairly adult pages, that I’ve learned to distrust greatly due to their outlandish, fear mongering claims that invariably end up being demonstrably false or at best misleading.
I’m an independent thinker who doesn’t much like being told what to think or do.
[Ken adds:] I agree strongly with the statement, “Minds have been made up for quite some time now and most folks are not going to change their mindset based on what they see or hear in the media, especially in today’s plethora of alternative outlets.”
The power of the (mainstream) media is dwindling rapidly. When you compare their viewership and comparable ratings with various alternative sources and formats, mainstream doesn’t have the grip they once had. Thus, their maneuvers to squash other voices.
The people in this nation are so incredibly divided. The left cling to the nonstop droning voices coming from CNN, MSNBC and other sister alphabet channels – while never, ever tuning in to an alternative point of view from say, Tucker Carlson over on FOX (just as one example).
Not that FOX is the antidote or the source of ‘truth’, but I’m pointing out that most people are so entirely firm in their stance that they’ll not tune in to alternative points of view.
Why is that, I wonder? Perhaps it’s because the mainstream news outlets have become so incredibly and obviously one-sided that a percentage of viewers need to look elsewhere? Whereas if ‘news’ was more of a 50/50 blend, perhaps it would inspire more ‘thinking’ by the viewer?
I believe the absence of balanced maninstream news (they were never truly balanced – always left-leaning but never this bad) has led to more extreme views as people search for answers and truths.
We are pawns in the battle for minds. Psy Ops.
Where’s it going?