OPINION: By JEFFREY A. FRIEDBERG
So-Called, “Journalistic Standards,” seem to have almost always been concerned with journalism as an “engine” of agendas. How could it not?
From the moment that the colonials received word of Britain’s new taxes in 1764 until reports of the peace treaty arrived in 1783, the press constituted the major source of information about events and developments in the conflict with the mother country. Both Benjamin Franklin, one of the Revolution’s greatest leaders, and Ambrose Serle, a Loyalist, described the press as an “engine” that should be used to advance the cause….
America’s “problem” is not about AOC, or Adam Schiff, or Nancy Pelosi, Bernie, Beto, Bloomberg, or Whomever, or Whatever.
It’s not about what they said, or how they said it, or what they may believe. It’s not about politely outlining or “explaining” the “news.” It’s not about what we are told, hear, or are shown.
It’s not about “the details.” They don’t matter.
America’s problem is: perception of its problems.
“Freedom of The Press” is one of the guarantees of the US Constitution, ratified in 1788. What this actually says and how it’s used by Big Media (MSM, or Main Stream Media) seems to be two different things.
1.) What it actually says, is:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
2.) How it seems to be used, however, is: whatever the Media says, wants, or decrees, sometimes without limit, without law, and without reason.
For instance: sometimes, In the past, old-time Robber Barons–who were massively powerful, open thieves, untaxed, rich beyond relative measure–were depicted as good.
But when the opposite served Media purposes, they were depicted as bad.
Likewise, Media today has its agendas. And Has become–subsumed. It has BECOME the actual, former Power of oldtime Robber Barons. It has violence, Blood, censorship, sexy “1984” ploys, And can get you fired, banned, or destroy your life.
Media today is, in fact, a power, backing modern Barons–backing moves of the modern power elite. Or doing their actual bidding.
And, Big Media is a power itself.
Big Media now has the power to craft whatever reality it chooses to show you. It has the power to co-opt your brain.
Big Media seemingly can make you think whatever it wants you to think.
In the early 20th century, before television, the average American read several newspapers per day…Starting in the 1920s changes in technology again morphed the nature of American journalism as radio and later, television, began to play increasingly important roles.
With the coming of digital journalism in the 21st Century, newspapers faced a business crisis as readers turned to the internet for news and advertisers followed them….
The problem is, that Big Media seems to be run by offsite Masters, globalists, advertisers, money-counters, and agendized, leftist activists. It’s not run by what the public may want, or by events, or by world history.
Deeply entrenched in what seems to be a world-wide trend to “socialism,” which is really a totalitarian communism, Big Media seems to be propelled in one, “progressive” direction, with everything moving in the same direction, at the same time.
It’s run by advertisers, by money people, greed, self-aggrandizement, power-seekers, politics, politicians, leftist philosophy, global wealth Masters–and by whatever the Media says it is.
World Big Media goes largely unchallenged. Seemingly valid law suits against it are mysteriously “dismissed.” Nothing touches Big Media. Supposedly impartial judges seem hand-picked and leftist mouths of a Globalist Elite.
All things money-driven, or all things policiy-driven, flock to Big Media. Like starving fledglings screaming for worms in their nests. All things money-driven scream for feedings by the only thing on Earth that can help them propagandize their product, their cause–or their reason to BE.
For instance, in some cases this entails the destruction of Donald Trump, and banning him from the Presidency. Or, likewise, the victory and enshrinement of Totalitarian Socialism–or, just call it, “Old Time Communism,” as victor.
Journalistic standards have had nothing to do with the truth for a long time
For decades ABC and other media outlets have hidden the truth about the serial abuse of women and young girls by the powerful Clintons, Weinstein and Epstein.
The cover-up was to protect the Clintons from scrutiny as they sought to elect and reelect Bill and to put the corrupt Hillary in the White House in 2016…..
…How many women and young girls have been abused by powerful men while the media looked the other way — as long as they supported the Clintons and wanted Democrats in power?
NEVER, in the history of Earth, has there been anything even remotely resembling the modern Electronic octopus.
Big Media–the Kraken— has barbed tentacles everywhere.
It has alliances everywhere, and nearly unlimited abilities, and “friends in high places.” It has Access– to Hollywood, “entertainers,” athletes, and celebrities–modern gods and godlings. Their new “classic” mythology.
Big Media has a 24-hour platform that cannot be ignored. It has money and power.
It has its own money. And, it has money and power behind it–backing its moves.
Big Media can be said to control the world.
By what it allows you to see.
By what it allows you to hear.
By what it allows you to say.