My dad used to say, “Don’t believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see,” or something like that. I had to think of it today when I read this_article. What IS a person to believe? It’s been obvious for years that the American media is biased, but I just started wondering why?? Who’s in charge? Who is pulling the strings?
In Hitler’s Germany, propaganda was widely used and very successful, but in that case there was a dictator in charge who was calling the shots. Here in America, where there is wide diversity of opinion, seemingly even in the government, why is it that propaganda also flourishes? Yes, you see a few renegades who write op-ed pieces that go against the status quo, but overall, the media has a fairly consistent bias, which does not seem to be the same as the opinion of John Doe, average American. So who is setting the policy? Who is deciding to emphasize certain events and downplay others? (edit: check this for an example)
No eerie music and shadowy hints of a conspiracy theory here–I’m just honestly curious! The power of the written (or spoken) word has long been a fascination of mine, and this simply doesn’t add up. How does it happen that a huge percentage of media people are so far left of the majority of the population? Or am I completely wrong about that?