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Who’s to blame? The Media (of course)

By on March 10, 2015 in See It Here

If a right wing radio talk show or television host was told “you can’t blame the media” there would be a lot of dead air (and some say it’s already dead–cue the rim shot).

It is a talking point that has become the go-to-point. Since I have a job writing news/deciding news, I can tell you there are no meetings with other members of “the media” (BTW: do these blamers ever outline specifics as to what media did this). To go even farther, because there are no meetings, we aren’t deciding what stories we will use or what slant we will use, despite daily/hourly  claims to the contrary. If someone (Republican or Democrat) does something stupid that is newsworthy, I will put it on the air.  Laura Ingraham appeared on Fox News to say the problems with Chris Christie and his  comments in London about parents needing to have a role in whether their child gets a vaccine (see earlier blog) put Christie under the spotlight and he got hit by the (liberal) media.

A few nights ago, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers liberals control  major foundations and TV news and there’s a need for news unfiltered through the liberal lens.

If someone does something deemed stupid or questionable, it is indeed valid to wonder if one’s perception of that act is the result of political leaning or exceeding the grey area of moral parameters (same-sex marriage is an example of the latter). But what if their act really is stupid or questionable? You never ever hear one of these I-Know-Best pundits/politicians say that. If questioned, the response is always the same: their words were taken out of context. Put another way: it’s your fault you heard what was said and it’s not my fault you heard was said.

One more point: As everyone in the solar system is aware, Fox News appeals to people who disapprove of democrats and these fast-changing times. They want life to return to the way it used to be, usually including something about Ronald Reagan to make their point. MSNBC works the other side of the street; appealing to liberals. Now this is a way to learn how others see the world but it requires being smart enough to know you are watching a circus–as a columnist who appears on these programs once told me.  But blaming the media is nothing more than code for “I don’t want to say that person or idea is stupid” as well as “I don’t want you to think.”

Speaking of thinking, consider Einstein (not the bagel guy, the other one) who said you can’t blame gravity for falling in love. There are a lot of things that touch us every day—and it’s not always the media doing it.

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