Media mania

Let me start out by saying that I believe most of what the mainstream media reports is true and accurate. Of course there are mistakes from time to time, but if you see a story in lots of different places from lots of different outlets, it’s probably as true as it can be at the time. I don’t believe in any kind of widespread conspiracy to hide the truth nonsense. I do believe, however, that what the mainstream media focuses on is meant to inflame and incite the viewing public unnecessarily.

On the 13th of this month I was watching the NBC Nightly News, on a day that Biden announced US troops would finally be leaving Afghanistan after a 20 year presence, and they didn’t talk about the story until 13 minutes into the program. The top stories were the Johnson and Johnson 6 problems out of 7,000,000; the accidental shooting of a motorist by a policewoman; and the George Floyd trial which is already pretty much cut and dried – yes, he was murdered. These 3 stories are certainly important, but are they really more important than the brand new news about us withdrawing from Afghanistan? Over 2300 Americans were killed in that war and we’re finally getting out, and yet the top stories are about a 1 in a million chance of a problem; a single killing; and a trial that’s just going through the motions. It’s sensationalism to the max! And it’s not necessary.

Most of us focus on what’s first and what’s emotional rather than what’s most important. We are sheep that can read and dress ourselves. I get that. We need the media to enlighten us rather than focusing on what scares or inflames us. We need the truth, but we need it in it’s proper proportions. NBC is certainly not as bad as some stations. Everyone watch out for that one that rhymes with POX and is also it’s own kind of viral disease. We don’t need people lying to us like that station, but we also don’t need the mainstream to make negativity popular. Uplift us media. Ba-aa-aahhhh. Thank you for reading my 96th blog.

Mark Inglis

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