What Has Happened To The Quality Of Our Mainstream Media?

Questionable Methods That Pseudo-Journalists Will Never Admit

fake news, mainstream media
fake news, mainstream media

Why Pseudojournalism?

The question is why did this happen?

4 Methods Used By Pseudo-Journalists

Let us examine four (4) compelling reasons why our news media has lost so much of the public’s trust.

pseudo-journalism, fake news
pseudo-journalism, fake news

1) Finding Evidence that Fits

One of the most prominent elements found in pseudoscience is when researchers start with the desired result and work backward. This approach plows a fertile garden to grow future biases of every kind imaginable.

2) Media Propaganda Tactics

Over the past few decades, the mainstream media has become a propaganda tool for both corporate and political interests. Read some of the alarming quotes below from existing and former media executives⁶:

“We are going to impose our agenda on the coverage by dealing with issues and subjects that we choose to deal with.” — Richard M. Cohen, Senior Producer of CBS political news.

“For better or worse, my company is a reflection of my character, my thinking, my values” — Rupert Murdoch

“We have no obligation to make history. We have no obligation to make art. We have no obligation to make a statement. To make money is our only objective” — Michael Eisner, CEO, The Walt Disney Co

“We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn’t. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets, and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.” — Katherine Meyer Graham, Washington Post publisher

“News is what someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising” — former NBC News President Rubin Frank

Incredible insight from those who run the mainstream media — both conservative and progressive. Is it no wonder why media trust has fallen given the mindset of their leaders?

framing debates, fake news media, cnn
framing debates, fake news media, cnn
broad stroke, generalized statement, fake news, cnn
broad stroke, generalized statement, fake news, cnn

3) Smearing for Impact

A smear campaign is one that attempts to tarnish an opponent’s image based on either lies or badly twisting the truth. The smearing of political opponents is quite common during our election cycles.

news media lost credibility, cnn fake news
news media lost credibility, cnn fake news
according anonymous sources, fake news, cnn
according anonymous sources, fake news, cnn

4) “According to Anonymous Sources”

When all else fails, pseudo-journalists play the “according to anonymous sources” card.

Final Thoughts

To be fair, traditional media has been navigating some tough waters in the information age. They have faced stiff competition from every angle imaginable.

Retired Scientist and Jogger. Experienced online publisher since 2006.

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